Volunteering to Help Other Local Startups

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As a member of the DC startup community, we take pride in playing a part in helping other startups get off the ground and to build collaborative relationships with our fellow disruptors. Part of this role is through a partnership with Startup Weekend – a non-profit that encourages startups from all over the world to convene with mentors and investors and build their company in less than 54 hours.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.