Northwest Arkansas will host Startup Weekend beginning Friday and running through Sunday at the Iceberg co-working space in downtown
Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend represents a grassroots movement that was started in
Participants pitch their ideas and teams form organically around the top ideas, determined by popular vote. From there, teams have 54 hours to create a business model. Judges determine winners, to whom cash prizes and in-kind services are awarded. Most Startup Weekend teams are tech-based, but startup ideas of all kinds are welcome.
Startup Weekend came to
Teams who make it to the Champion's Circle will compete for prizes that include $20,000 in cash, a trip to Google's headquarters and the chance to be mentored by "A-list" mentors.
"We expect a talented crowd to compete for Google funding plus more," said event organizer Jordan Carlisle.
That crowd will include a group of high school students from
Co-founder Chad Williamson leads a Noble Impact program at eStem, and said the students expressed interest in Startup Weekend.
"We've been talking about Startup Weekend at different times throughout the life of the course because we believe the approach is engaging not only for adults but for high school students as well," he said. "The selection process was student driven. Each student that was interested in attending Startup Weekend actually sent me a text to confirm their wish to participate."
For Williamson's students, Startup Weekend won’t end in
"There were also other students that expressed significant interest in planning the first ever High School Startup Weekend that we will launch at the beginning of next year here in
"Therefore, all the students have a great understanding of what Startup Weekend is all about and we're happy to have one group experience it first hand. Some students just want to come with us to northwest
For more information or to sign up for this weekend's event, visit NorthwestArkansas.StartupWeekend.org/.