Techstars Startup Weekend

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Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Startup Weekend, Feb. 28-March 1, is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. Over the course of the weekend, beginning at 5:30 p.m., you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate and likely pivot your approach entirely! You cannot have worked previously on your idea. This year’s Startup Weekend will offer a unique opportunity to work on an idea utilizing a new technology! Grand Rapids is one of the few cities in the world which has full LoRaWAN coverage blanketing the city. If you are unfamiliar with LoRaWAN, think of it as a citywide Wi-Fi network for low bandwidth data communication by low-power IoT devices. Using a cheap Arduino and a bit of code, you can set up your own device on the network for your Startup Weekend project! For questions or more information go to: or email laurie@startgarden.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal is proud to support this event. 

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