Startup Weekend Beijing is going to be held January 13-15th at the Holiday Inn on Chunxiu Road. Organized by Red Pagoda, this event will draw talented developers, UI/UX designers and product managers and challenge them to bring an idea to launch over the course of the weekend.
This weekend’s StartupWeekend Beijing featured four teams gunning for the winner’s prize: an exhibitor’s package to TechCrunch Disrupt next weekend.
This StartupWeekend felt far more like a business plan competition than a hackathon–only one team had a live demo. Some teams had no developers at all. In comparison to the ChinaStars student hackathon I attended earlier on Sunday, the ideas were more developed, but the product non-existent.
For techies who’ve been living in a cave: TechCrunch is coming to China. For its first event in China, it’s partnered with Red Pagoda Resources on StartupWeekend Beijing, Oct. 21-23. [apply here]
For a preview of the StartupWeekend experience, check out my post on the 5 startups that emerged from the last one.
The first-ever StartupWeekend Shanghai was surprisingly packed for 54 hours. Over 200 participants divided in two main groups of startups: ‘individuals’, new ideas formed at the event, and ‘innovations’, existing startups hoping to expand and further develop their projects. At the end of weekend, two were declared ‘winners’ with two more as ‘runner-ups’.
The very first StartupWeekend Shanghai arrives on July 22-24. Participants will experience 72 hours of an amazing startup race in which to generate high quality product to present.
Over 100 participants have already signed up for StartupWeekend Shanghai and 65% have original ideas. The organizers are expecting about 200 participants and over 80 high quality startup ideas for the event. Sign up now! http://shanghai.startupweekend.org/
At StartupWeekend Beijing, 5 teams and 39 entrepreneurs presented to a packed house of investors and tech enthusiasts.
Bravo to these entrepreneurs for putting themselves on the line: startups are still risky business, both financially and personally. Eric Wang, leader of the Wodache team, said that he left his job in finance to later pursue the calling, “When I came to China to do a startup, my mom was so angry that she wouldn’t talk to me for a month. She wouldn’t pick up my call on Mother’s Day.”
Here’s a round-up of the five startup teams that came out of StartupWeekend Beijing. E-commerce was a theme among this batch.
Startup Weekend is coming to Taipei, and will be held at National Cheng-chi University on August 12-14. Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Startup Weekend Taipei will be the 373rd event globally but 1st ever to be held in Taiwan.
Startup Weekend Beijing is a 54-hour event that enables SoLoMo (social, local, mobile internet) entrepreneurs to meet high caliber and like-minded peers, get coaching from experienced partner level VCs from IDG, Innovation Works, Matrix Partners among others and possibly get funded.
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