Yesterday I went to a Startup Weekend event here in Buenos Aires. I’m really happy I went. Met a lot of nice cool people from Buenos Aires and to be in this entrepreneur/tech environment felt kind of like coming home.
Startup Weekend was founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, by Andrew Hyde. It all started as an event where a group of entrepreneurs got together over a weekend to come up with an idea for a and starting a new business.
Today Startup Weekend has evolved to a worldwide event that takes place all over the world several times a year. The events starts on a Friday when the entrepreneurs get to pitch one idea each. They get to vote and all the participants will form teams around the ideas that got the most votes. On the Sunday the teams present their business plans for the jury who choose a winner.
The winner of this Startup Weekend was Primer Trago, a bar guide for Buenos Aires where you can search for the closest happy hour. You would think that a service like this already exists for Buenos Aires but not until now! At the moment there are few bars registered on the site but there are more to come! I’m looking forward to see more ideas from the event being launched in the following weeks!
Even though the event is created around a competition, to win is not the most important thing. By getting together the entrepreneurs build their networks that will help them in their other start ups and as many as 36 % of the businesses are up and running 3 months after the events. Startup Weekend demonstrates the power of people coming together to get stuff done!
I was invited to come and watch the final presentations of the business ideas by a friend. It was very inspiring, especially since I have been curious about these events since watching 24 Hour Business Camp a couple of weeks ago and I’m also inspired by my mentor Heidi, founder of Geek Girl Meetup. I admire people who are just doing things instead of just talking about it.
This what Project Fly is about too. We don’t now what we will do yet, but in two weeks we will start producing real prototypes that can hopefully be launched next year.
Got a lot of inspiration, good contacts but most of all friends here in Buenos Aires and all over the world! Thank you guys for being so welcoming!