What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs create a startup in 54 hours. Throughout the weekend, you'll learn how to turn ideas into something real and experience what it's like to startup. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validate their ideas, practice LEAN Startup Methodologies, and build a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
What is the startup experience?
It's important for a startup to rapidly test their product/service and determine what people want. In a world of abundance overflowing with gadgets and apps, only a truly desired product/service can survive. By rapidly creating prototypes and testing with users, an innovative idea could be developed. In a startup with few team members, each person has both great responsibility and ability to affect the outcome. Everyone from designers to engineers to planners have a say in the ultimate product/service. There will be failures, but learning and growing rapidly from failure is not only necessarily but the allure of being part of a startup. In just three days, Startup Weekends have produced countless, truly valuable products and services. The event has been hosted over a thousand times in 478 cities around the world, and the alumni network is more than 100,000 people strong. If you want to experience the excitement of being part of a startup, come participate in Startup Weekend!
For the summer 2017 edition, participants from the Rising Entrepreneur track of Kyoto Startup Summer School (KS3) will be joining to make this the most international startup weekend in Japan to-date. KS3 is a summer entrepreneurship program hosted by the KYOTO Design Lab, and participants will be coming from around the world including Canada, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine, Armenia, Kosovo, Vietnam, Turkey, South Africa and more. If you're interested in forming a truly global team for your startup or want to work with and understand entrepreneurs from around the world, this is your chance. As this is a truly international startup weekend, the facilitation will also be conducted in English.