Startup Weekend to Put Entrepreneurs' Ideas Through Their Paces

Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement of active entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures, takes place Friday-Sunday at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

At the event, anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business model creation, market validation, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates with Sunday night demonstrations and presentations.

The weekend's top ideas will receive prizes packages that include money to cover startup expenses and consulting time with Arkansas startup and legal experts.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000 for startup expenses; three hours of legal counseling from Jamie Fugitt of Williams & Anderson (who blogs as the Startup lawyer for Innovate Arkansas); one and a half hours of business consulting with Grey Williams of Dextera Corp., and a one-year, gold subscription to

The second-place team will receive $500, two hours with Fugitt, one and a half hours of intellectual property advice with Stan Baker (The IP Lawyer) of Kutak Rock, and a one-year, silver subscription to TeamTreehouse.

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now.

For more information, click here.

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