Last weekend TechColumbus hosted Startup Weekend Columbus 3 (SWC3), a three-day event that brought together nearly 100 of the city’s aspiring tech entrepreneurs, business owners, designers, marketers, Web engineers, investors and others for an intensive workshop, the purpose of which was to take startup ventures from concept to launch in 54 hours or less.
A total of 60 ideas for new businesses were pitched on Friday, with 10 ventures making it through for presentations on Sunday afternoon. Some of the promising projects that made the cut included:
- 141, a hyper-local mobile marketplace which helps people locate, buy and sell items quickly by connecting people within the same neighborhoods through a mobile application.
- Tweet and Seek, an application which allows companies to share great deals while providing a fun and interactive way for consumers to find these companies based on their location.
Friday night, serial entrepreneur Mike Blackwell, CEO of Vacation View, kicked off the weekend. Blackwell walked participants through 10 lessons he has learned for getting focused and launching a great product. Saturday night, a panel discussion of several successful entrepreneurs and investors shared their insights on getting a successful product or service to market. The panel included Ray Bohac of Call Copy, Greg Ruf, and Matt Carbonara with Reservoir Venture Partners.
“Startup Weekend 3 was another great event with lots of energy that’s sure to spur collaborative relationships and new ideas that will last well beyond the weekend that launched them,” says Chris Anderson with TechColumbus, one of the event organizers.
The event was sponsored by Atchley Signs, Bricker & Eckler, dynamIT, EdgeCase, Elevate Thinking, Skyline Chili, Sterling Commerce, TechColumbus and White Castle.
The SWC3 organizers send many thanks to the sponsors, speakers and panelists for supporting this dynamic event.