Sign up today: Startup Weekend to give students a crash course in entrepreneurship

Sign up today: Startup Weekend to give students a crash course in entrepreneurship
Sign up today: Startup Weekend to give students a crash course in entrepreneurship

From: Pamplin College of Commerce

For 24 hours, Virginia Tech students from all disciplines will have the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Hosted by the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, the first-ever Startup Weekend will guide students through the stages of launching a startup, from ideation to action.

“We’re always looking for ways to provide students with hands-on ‘lab’ experience in entrepreneurship,” said Derick Maggard, executive director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. “Startup Weekends from companies like TechStars have a national audience among entrepreneurs, so we’re excited to start delivering these kinds of amazing experiences to students again.”

Maggard continued: “The Startup Weekend event is a chance for students to get a taste of the entrepreneur’s journey in a short period of time. This event is especially fun because we welcome a cohort of students from the German Fulbright Summer Institute who will be participating alongside Virginia Tech students.

Startup Weekend kicks off Friday, September 2 at 4 p.m. with a presentation by Pamplin alum and ClickUp co-founder Chris Cunningham. Start-up ideas will then be developed on-site (no pre-existing plans, please) and teams will be formed. On Saturday, September 3, teams will work with entrepreneurial mentors to help turn their budding ideas into action. Rewards will be given out at the end of the Saturday session.

“The event is about learning alongside and from others as you work together to solve interesting problems,” said Sean Collins, general manager of the Startup Hokies program portfolio at the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. “We’ve seen these types of experiences change people’s career trajectories. Whether it’s pursuing their full-time passion through a startup, starting a side hustle, or having something concrete to discuss with recruiters that leads to an internship or job opportunity.

Collins continued, “It’s also where lasting friendships and future collaborations are born. While the event only lasts 24 hours, it’s an intense experience of creating something out of nothing. As they say, pressure creates diamonds!

For more information on Startup Weekend and to RSVP, please visit the Startup Weekend event page.

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