#swou OU Start-up Weekend

February 10th, 2012 by hoha Leave a reply »

I just came back from my first start-up weekend opening ceremonies when everyone pitches their ideas and then votes for the ideas they like the most. I’d forgotten how great it is to be around entrepreneurs. Lots of great people with different backgrounds; I was actually surprised at the number of engineers and computer science folks out of the group of 40 that showed up.

After the introduction to the format by the fabulous Ryan Goins (also launching a entrepreneurial community in Kalamazoo, Michigan called Start-Up Zoo) we had the chance to hear from Kraettli Epperson, one of the founders of Venture Spur-Oklahoma City’s accelerator ($25k for 10% equity, in case you were wondering). Great start-up story about the launch a digital book site that leveraged publisher’s old inventory before the internet took off.

Then the pitches which really turned into a brainstorming session as people heard others ideas that weren’t life changing but still well received. Apps were heavily favored with anything from a make me happy app to one that consolidates everyone’s pictures at an event. Social also represented well with a variety of platform from poetry, people quoting to sports fans. Then there was the occasional website that was your own personal dashboard, recipe program, and temporary phone number service. These are just a smattering of the types of ideas that were thrown around. It was interesting to see where everyone gravitated towards. I love entrepreneurs.

P.S. Customer discovery underway-Entrepreneurs tell us what would help you launch your business. 3 question survey: https://atrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Vnxwb8LJxDAUxC

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