We are excited to announce the Windows Startup Challenge – a joint initiative between Startup Weekend, Microsoft and DEMO to help developers, designers and entrepreneurs go from prototype to development to launch.
If you have a Windows Store app idea, apply to compete by January 29th for a chance to get publicity, expert help and mentorship, connections to investors and a free trip to San Francisco to unveil your app at DEMO Mobile on April 17th, 2013 in front of top tier investors, VCs and press.
In June 2012, at SW Bordeaux, Benoit Fuleran pitched an idea that wasn’t selected. During the weekend, Benoit explained his idea again to a SW participant who turned out to be an investor. Interested in Benoit’s vision, the “incognito” investor agreed to fund and support his startup idea on the spot. Tel4Expat is a service specially designed for expatriates that allows its users worldwide to spend unlimited calls to over 40 countries. The original story for this post can be found here (in French).
This morning, the Startup Weekend leadership team had the honor of ringing the NYSE Opening Bell to celebrate the creation of 100,000 entrepreneurs through Startup Weekend. Check out the video of the team opening the stock exchange.
Although Startup Weekend has taken place in Colombia before, this year marked the first event for the Northern Colombian port city of Barranquilla. Back in June 2012, Organizers Javier Fernandez and Javier Jaimes discussed putting on the event. At that point, they decided that they would dedicate themselves to Barranquilla’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Despite many challenges that were faced both culturally and resource-wise, Startup Weekend Barranquilla (Oct. 12th, 2012) proved to be hugely successful due to the passion and “bootstrapping” qualities of its Organizers – and the enthusiastic, action-based aura that proved to be infectious for participants as well as observers, sponsors, mentors, and judges throughout the entire weekend.
Over the past two weekends, 137 Startup Weekend events occurred around the world. As the excitement and momentum continues with Global Startup Battle, many people have asked for a complete list of winners who are participating in the Battle. Below is a list of the cities and submitted tag lines for teams who have contributed videos to the GSB competition.