The weekend has just got started, going straight to business with a presentation from a successful startup.
We began with a presentation from busuu.com, a successful education startup. Last year they won the TechCrunch award for best education startup, and one of their founders took us through the story of their success so far.
She then answered questions from the floor, about the decisions they had made, how long it took to get from concept to a working site, and how they went from idea to 25 million users…
Startup Weekend has a similar success story, with over 100,000 attendees coming to 970+ events in 104 countries. This weekend alone there are 14 events bringing together people with ideas to make those ideas happen.
Nick Stevens of Startup Weekend told the room that the mission of these events is not just to create startups, but to inspire change in the lives of entrepreneurs. The aim is to bring people together, help them learn how to validate and build an idea, and how to move towards quitting their day job to follow their dream… and make that dream actually happen.
The room is packed with a mix of educators, developers, designers and entrepreneurs, all of whom want to get involved in the world of education. After the introductions are over we will be straight into pitching; with those with ideas given only a minute to get their dream across to the room, and persuade them to join them in a team to make it happen.
Here come the pitches…