Spots Open For Startup Weekend

Three-Day Event Fosters Team Spirit And Entrepreneurialism

Posted: February 4, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Spots are still available for the upcoming Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend.

The event, which runs Friday evening through Sunday, gives people the chance to pitch their ideas to business leaders and other professionals and potentially develop a company, product or service.

“It’s just a great opportunity to mix with other entrepreneurial-minded folks to discuss ideas,” said Joyce Krech, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center. “Whether it’s your own or someone else’s, there’s a lot of good ideas and energy that come out of that.”

The Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition is hosting the event at James Madison University’s Showker Hall. The coalition is a broad group that includes business, government and academic organizations, including the small business center.

At Startup Weekend, participants pitch ideas and receive feedback. Voting then takes place to select the most promising ideas.

Teams will come together to do business modeling, coding, designing and market validation.

Registration is required, and the $99 fee covers meals.

The final day will feature evening presentations that are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, go to

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