Asheville program for aspiring entrepreneurs to be held Oct. 4-6

Startup Weekend Will Return To Asheville October 4-6, 2013: 54 hours will convert fresh ideas into operating businesses during this annual event.

Asheville, NC August 20, 2013 – For the second year in a row, individuals will come together in Asheville, NC to share ideas, form teams and launch startups. Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs meet for the first time to launch businesses, some of which actually continue after the weekend. Benefits to attendees include the opportunity to truly evaluate potential co-founders, to learn new skills, and to work creatively within constraints.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees will bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, idea validation, startup methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Asheville has made Forbes Lists for ‘#29 Best Places for Business and Careers’, ‘#13 in Cost of Doing Business’, and #107 in Job Growth’. “Venture Asheville understands what entrepreneurship and business development means to the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Western North Carolina and pushed hard to hold a license for Asheville Startup Weekend,” Pam Lewis, Venture Asheville Director. “It is in the best interest of our community to encourage new startups, especially in technology.” On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets now, as event space is limited. Early Bird registration will be open through September 4, 2013, offering a discounted ticket price of $75.00. Regular Admission is $99.00 The general public is encouraged to attend Sunday, October 6th to watch the startup presentations for a nominal $10.00 fee. Tickets can be purchased at the Asheville Startup Weekend website.

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