Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and business-minded people with a mission to “inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.” It brings together people with various skill sets, specifically software developers, graphics designers and entrepreneurs, to build Web or mobile applications and develop a profitable case around them.
Over 300 startup events have been hosted in various cities worldwide; and on May 11, 2012, the first ever Startup Weekend Cebu will be held at the University of the Philippines Cebu. This extreme 54-hour event, which ends on May 13, 2012, provides an appropriate venue for networking, finding resources and earning incentives. This enables the attendees to go beyond the idea stage to the launching phase, which is representative of the Startup Weekend’s maxim: “NO TALK, ALL ACTION. START YOUR BUSINESS!”
There are tons of reasons why you should join Startup Weekend Cebu. First of all, it allows individuals to learn through the act of creating, instead of simply listening to theories. They will be able to come up with their own strategies and be able to test them on the spot. The event is also a great avenue for attendees to build long-term relationships with relevant people in the field. A weekend spent in building scalable companies that solve actual world problems may lead to job offers or investment opportunities.
Another reason why you should attend this event is what the organizers call a “co-founder dating.” They believe that a Startup Weekend is the best way to find somebody you can essentially launch a startup business with. It is undeniable that one can acquire new skills through this event. Attendees who step outside their comfort zone and those who come in with open minds will have lots of opportunities to work on the latest platforms, discover a new programming language, or simply try something different.
So, what actually happens during Startup Weekend? On Friday, May 11, open mic business pitches will start the ball rolling. Attendees can bring their best ideas forward and they will vote for the best ideas. Depending on your discussion of your business ideas, you will be able to inspire other attendees to join your team. By the end of the day, you will have formalized teams and conducted a skills inventory.
On Saturday (May 12) and Sunday (May 13), the teams that have been formalized will work on customer development, validating their business ideas, practicing the LEAN Startup Methodologies, and establishing a minimal viable product. Mentors will be coming in to help the teams, including:
- Jay Fajardo, who is the Founder/ CEO of Proudcloud. His most recent startup cycle is called “Airborne Access,” which is a Wi-Fi hotspot network.
- Jonathan Lansangan, who is the EVP/COO of Dynamic Objx. Among others, he is a leadership and management consultant to over 500 companies.
- Christian Besler, who is an adviser for Globe Telecom’s New Business Group. He is also the co-founder of Mobile Monday’s local chapter.
- Eugene Fabian, who is a Program Manager whose current responsibilities include handling Microsoft Singapore’s startup audience.
- Alex Goh, who is Microsoft Singapore’s marketing manager. His current responsibilities include mentoring and guiding startups, managing partners and co-leading marketing plans. He founded 65amp in 2009 and his second company in 2011.
- Bryan Low, who manages a multimillion dollar portfolio at one of the world’s largest financial institutes.
- Albert Padin, who is the founder of SpellDial.
- Ppip Cimafranca, who is an Operations Manager in a multinational tech company.
- Chris C. Ducker, who is a highly sought after speaker. His most recent engagements include being the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit and as a Featured Speaker at the BlogWorld Expo 2011 in LA.
- Eric Su, who is one of the founders of PicLyf.
- Paul Villacorta, who is a young entrepreneur with over 5 years of software engineering experience. He is currently under the incubation program of UP Cebu Technology Business Incubator (Cebu InIT).
At the end of the event, teams will present their prototypes in order to receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. The panel, which will be a team of Venture Capitalists (VCs) from Silicon Valley, will decide who will be awarded as the Startup Weekend Cebu Winner.
Who will be attending the Startup Weekend? The community is primarily made up of current and future entrepreneurs who are eager to share new ideas for possible ventures. As the organizers of the event would say, “Startup Weekenders are the movers and shakers of the digital age. They are: No Talk. All Action.”
Startup Weekend Cebu hopes to leave a lasting impression on the Filipino community. To get to know more about the event, check out http://cebu.startupweekend.org/