Startup Weekend Seattle Attendees,
It’s finally here. Get excited, and brace yourself for a whirlwind 54 hours. Be sure to arrive at 6 PM on Friday, and we’ll lead off with some food, networking, and you won’t want to miss our kickoff speaker.
We’ve got some incredible sponsors with opportunities for you, and here are a few details you need to know to come fully prepared to the event.
If you’re thinking of starting up a new business, you’re going to want to ensure you get noticed. Order 50 FREE Business Cards or 100 FREE MiniCards from moo.com! Design your free cards, pay for shipping to have them delivered to your door, or check the shipping option to pick up your order right at the Intiman Theatre during Startup Weekend for a reduced shipping cost. In addition to these free cards, MOO is providing $50 off of business card credits to each of the three first winning teams.
Fluid UI is sponsoring Startup Weekend Seattle. Their design tool can allow you to prototype a mobile app really quickly and effectively. In order to increase productivity we would encourage you to try out the tools in advance at Fluidui.com and register a free account with them. You are ALL entitled to a free account upgrade – removing any page limit restrictions and allowing exports to aid with presentations – so please create an account and then email the Fluid team firstname.lastname@example.org including the promo code SWSEA0912 and they will then upgrade.
Don’t forget the great prize on offer to the winning team – a lifetime expert level account valued at $1290 per year. Hoping to see lots of integrated mobile solutions over the weekend!
We are also partnering with Uber. Uber will provide prize packages for the 3 winners: Ride to and from dinner for a value up to $100. New Uberers will get their 1st ride FREE (one trip). Returning Uberers will get a 50% off discount to and from the event. Life is beautiful, isn’t it?
SEOmoz will be giving a free membership for a year to our winner for a year! This is a pretty awesome value as it’s normally $99-$199 per month for an account. The prize will activate whenever the winner chooses and be good for a year.
Use Prezi at Startup Weekend Seattle: Prezi is the zooming presentation software and visual storytelling tool. All Startup Weekend Seattle teams will receive one complimentary Prezi Pro License to present their company. Winning teams will receive a free 1-year Prezi Pro subscription for all members! Prezi Evangelist Zane Groshelle will be on-site to offer training and assistance. To receive your team’s license, see Zane at the event or email him at email@example.com
To help you raise funds for your new start-up, the equity-based crowdfung platform EarlyShares will providing the first team of the three-day competition the ability to raise $150,000 on EarlyShares.com commission-free (a $15,000 cash value).
Thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Phone team, we’ve got a Samsung phone for the winning team. You can use it for developing your app, calling your local venture capitalist, or whatever your team would like!
What does a startup company need to succeed? How does government impact the startup process? What is the role of innovation and how do we nurture it? Our venue sponsor Intiman Theatre is hosting an event on entrepreneurship on September 19th. The Office of Advocacy will bring together entrepreneurs, government officials and academics joined by angel investors, venture capitalists and funding innovators to explore these issues. Small Business and Government: Maximizing Entrepreneurship, Driving Innovation will be a day-long, audience-driven event examining the role small business plays in fostering innovation and entrepreneurial development in our economy. The event is co-sponsored by the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, the Seattle Center Foundation and GeekWire.com. Marc Nager (CEO) and Franck Nouyrigat (CTO), Co-Founders of Startup Weekend will be among the panelists of the event. Information and registration can be found at here.
We want to thank our amazing sponsors for helping us make this event possible. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor Amazon, our Gold Sponsors EarlyShares, McAdams Wright Ragen and SkyDrive, and our Silver Sponsors Fluid UI, MOO, Prezi, SEOmoz, and Twilio.
See you next weekend!
The SW Seattle Team