CSUB Hosts Techstars Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs

Techstar and California State University, Bakersfield are partnering for Bakersfield Entrepreneurs Startup Weekend on Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11. This 54-hour event is designed for creators and idealists to pitch their innovative ideas, form a team, build a prototype and present their product to a panel of judges at the end of the weekend.

On Friday at 5 p.m., entrepreneurs will have a chance to meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs and mentors. Entrepreneurs will pitch their idea in front of the group for 60 seconds and can then choose a project from the top picks of ideas they’d like to work on. Lastly, they will build teams based on an idea, whether it’s theirs or someone else’s, and will work on their project throughout the weekend.

Saturday, with the work beginning at 9 a.m., teams will meet with local mentors, who will be available throughout the day to help coach them through problems they might run into or answer questions they might have. It will also be the team’s responsibility to identify customers, build the product, resources and support.

On Sunday, teams will present their final product or service for five minutes to the audience and panel of expert judges. Teams also will celebrate all the work they’ve done over the few days and will get another opportunity to speak with the judges and mentors.

The event is still seeking coaches from a variety of backgrounds, including marketing, technical, design, cofounders, product managers and so on. Types of coaches include experienced entrepreneurs, subject experts, investors, startup incubators and accelerators, as well as startup attorneys. The coaches will mentor the teams participating in the weekend.

Coaches will be in charge of guiding teams to focus their attention on building a strong foundation for a solid startup, direct teams in becoming experts in the applicable sphere of their potential startup, help teams design and carry out effective experiments, and encourage teams out of their comfort zones, while also assuming they don’t know anything so teams can learn to tackle those problems.

The event is perfect for testing an idea, taking the first step toward launching it, or helping others launch theirs. This is also a great opportunity for building relationships with professionals who have been there before,” says Dr. Mark Evans, Interim Dean for the School of Business and Public Administration.

This event is free and open to the community, and all ages welcome.
For more information and to register, please visit:
http://go.startupweekend.org/swcsub or email bakersfield@startupweekend.org.

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