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Startup Weekend Barcelona 2014: No Talk, All Action

Written by Damien

Startup Weekend is one of the premier global events for budding entrepreneurs. Attendees looking to rent a flat in Barcelona during the event will find a wide selection of Barcelona apartments available at ShBarcelona.

Startup Weekend is returning to Barcelona. On March 28th, the city’s aspiring entrepreneurs will descend upon the Mobile World Centre for the three day event to develop their startup ideas.

Startup Weekend was founded in Colorado in 2007 by Andrew Hyde as an event for entrepreneurs to brainstorm their business ideas and develop them into working concepts over the course of a weekend.

“Startup Weekend really was an opportunity help start more startups,” says CEO Marc Nager.

The non-profit organisation operates as a global grassroots network of entrepreneurs and business leaders and holds 54-hour weekend events to share ideas, create teams, form products and ultimately encourage the creation of new startups.

Today the organisation is based in Seattle, but it runs events all over the world, from Silicon Valley to Gaza. Over 1,000 events have now taken place in almost 500 cities, with other 8,000 new startups created through the events.

Participants include designers, product managers, marketing gurus, graphic artists and developers. Approximately half of them have technical backgrounds, while the other half have business backgrounds, but all share a common interest in entrepreneurship. Speakers, coaches, sponsors, company representatives and panellists from the tech industry are also present to provide guidance and feedback.

The focus at the weekend events is on learning through creating with a slogan of ‘No Talk, All Action’. Attendees meet on the Friday afternoon before pitching their ideas. Votes on the pitches from their peers lead to the formation of groups to develop the most popular ideas. Over the remaining days, the teams work together to bring their ideas to life, with the assistance of one-on-one help from expert coaches. The weekend ends with final presentations from each of the teams on the Sunday evening. Judges validate the ideas from a business perspective before selecting a winner, providing feedback to all the teams and issuing awards.

Roughly 55% of Startup Weekend attendees continue working on their idea with all of their team after the event ends. Alessandra Graziani, founder of Barcelona Startup Weekend 2013 winner Camp&Break, says “the best aspect of my experience at the Startup Weekend was the opportunity to join such an amazing team of incredibly skilled, creative and experienced professionals from such different backgrounds: marketing, business, communication, design, science and technology.”

Examples of the successful startups conceived during Startup Weekend include EasyTaxi, one of the world’s leading mobile Taxi apps, Foodspotting, which was last year acquired by OpenTable for $10 million, and Zaarly, a local custom commerce company that has gone on to raise over $15 million in funding.

The upcoming Barcelona Startup Weekend could create many more startup success stories. The event begins at 17:00 on March 28th at the Mobile World Centre and ends on March 30th at 12:00. Speakers at the event will include Marc Florit, Agile Guide & Change Agent at WynWin. ‘Early Bird’ tickets for the event are available now for just €40, until February 19th, after which tickets will retail at the standard price of €60. Ticket costs include meals, snacks and drinks throughout the weekend. Tickets are also available to attend the Sunday presentations for €10. Attendees can register online at http://barcelona.startupweekend.org/.

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