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Startup Weekend Orange County

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bring together a bunch of bright, energetic and motivated people with the tools to create a new business? I had such an experience when I spent this weekend at the UCI Applied Innovation Center for Startup Weekend OC. I think that this is what Thomas Edison intended when he set up his invention factories in New Jersey. On Friday night, over 80 people gathered to learn the skills necessary to be an entrepreneur and start some new businesses. We watched 47 people pitch ideas and then everyone voted for their three favorite ideas. The 10 ideas that received the most votes were selected and the participants broke into teams around the 10 ideas. Bright and early Saturday morning the teams reconvened to bring the ideas to life. The started researching the markets, preparing surveys, outlining business plans and websites, laying... 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bring together a bunch of bright, energetic and motivated people with the tools to create a new business? I had such an experience when I spent this weekend at the UCI Applied Innovation Center for Startup Weekend OC. I think that this is what Thomas Edison intended when he set up his invention factories in New Jersey.
On Friday night, over 80 people gathered to learn the skills necessary to be an entrepreneur and start some new businesses. We watched 47 people pitch ideas and then everyone voted for their three favorite ideas. The 10 ideas that received the most votes were selected and the participants broke into teams around the 10 ideas.
Bright and early Saturday morning the teams reconvened to bring the ideas to life. The started researching the markets, preparing surveys, outlining business plans and websites, laying out applications and working hard. I visited each team to offer my expertise evaluating their ideas for IP and suggesting strategies for protecting their ideas.
All the teams resumed work early Sunday morning in preparation for their final presentation later that afternoon. It didn't seem like the energy level could go up, but it did as all the team members pushed to polish their presentations. Each team was provided an opportunity to practice their presentation in front of the mentors/coaches. It was startling how far the ideas had progressed from the initial pitch Friday night. Each team left the practice room with plenty of notes on things to change, polish or cut from their presentations.

Check out the winners on twitter:
https://twitter.com/sworangecounty?lang=en

If you have ideas for a new business and don't know where to start, consider attending a startup weekend or joining the Inventors Forum:
http://inventorsforum.org

Better yet, do both.

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