May 31, 2018
This weekend, June 1–3, successful businesspeople and hopeful entrepreneurs will gather on the West Chester University campus to take part in Techstars Startup Weekend in West Chester — the first-ever Startup Weekend to be held in suburban Philadelphia.
On Friday evening, participants will pitch concepts and participants will vote for specific ideas to work on as teams during the weekend. Then the work begins: 54 hours of engaging in exercises and workshops to develop their talents to see ideas to fruition. By Sunday, the teams will be ready to present a potentially viable product or concept. Everyone attending will gain knowledge and skills while expanding their networks with like-minded people.
Teams can call upon the expertise of 20 coaches and mentors for assistance and advice, including Debra Blair, the WCU Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center's current Entrepreneur in Residence; Ed McAssey, COO of Lasko Products (retired March 2018); and Pennsylvania economic development expert Kelly Waylam, Director of Innovation Partnership (I Part).
Among the regional business leaders who'll serve as judges are Nick Bayer of Saxby's, Shawn Blackburn of YPrime, and Marian Moskowitz of Franklin Commons.
Cottrell Executive in Residence Patricia Diggin blogged about her experience at a NYC Startup Weekend that attracted "about 80 people. Some were there to pitch their ideas; others, like me, were there to observe and participate in the process." She was energized by the participants' motivation to "brainstorm, cooperate, and create."
Registration is open during the event and walk-ins are welcome. Options range from full registration ($149) to student ($20). Attend the Friday evening kickoff or the Sunday wrap up/pitch session for $25 per day.
The weekend takes place at West Chester University's Business and Public Management Center, 50 Sharpless Street, West Chester 19383. The event is a partnership of West Chester University, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, and Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n).
Visit Techstars Startup Weekend in West Chester or the Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center for more information.