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Startup Weekend gives kick-start to businesses

4 years ago April 10, 2011 Apr 10, 2011 Sunday, April 10 2011 Sunday, April 10, 2011 6:27:25 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- Dozens of hopeful entrepreneurs turned out to the city's first ever "Startup Weekend" at Pleasant Hall at LSU. The program is a virtual incubator for fresh business ideas and gives would be startups the fuel they need to hit the ground running.

"There are lots of programs that let you listen to how to start a project and listen to how to create a business plan, but this weekend allows you to do it," said Wendy Overton, who helped organize the project.

Many folks met new business partners during the weekend and pulled together to create viable business models.

"That's really what this weekend is all about, if you have an idea build it, grow it, nurture it, deliver it, launch it, and then being done is better than being perfect," said Manuel Valencia, who's spent the entire weekend developing an idea centered around independent arts.

Others used the time to bring their ideas to fruition, like Sheila de Guzman, who's business idea "Philofficey" gives a unique spin to business networking.

"It's been really exciting, of course stressful because what you really should be doing in about a year you're cramming into two days essentially but it's been a learning process for us especially young entrepreneurs and we're loving it so far," said de Guzman.

Similar programs worldwide have produced more than 800 different businesses. 

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