Spokane resident Brett Noyes, in the course of trying to start a business, came upon the Startup Weekend idea. Based in Seattle, the Startupweekend.org organization encourages communities to host these three-day weekends to encourage and foster people trying to start a new business.
Noyes liked the idea enough to agree to be the sponsor and presenter of Spokane's first stab at a Startup Weekend. It will run April 20-22 at Gonzaga University.
The event formula is to start with a series of one-minute pitches by would-be local entrpreneurs.
A panel will select a number of the best pitches to move to the next level. The attendees then are grouped into teams to work together during the next two days creating a viable business idea and brainstorming how to make the idea succeed.
A weekend facilitator will be provided by the StartupWeekend group, Noyes said. A number of other guest presenters will serve as coaches through the three days of sessions.
The goal, he added,is bringing together the Spokane area's well-qualified, dedicated business managers, developers, IT specialists and consultants. said many people starting a business struggle to find the right colleagues and partners who can make a business concept strong enough to succeed.
Information is at Spokane.StartupWeekend.org. Registration before April 1 is $55. After April 1 it wil be $75.