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Startup weekend tests entrepreneurs' mettle

This was the second startup weekend event held at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces.


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From left to right, Ken Beauvais, a regional sales manager for Comcast Business; Sebastian Alexandru Froehlinger-Weiss, a visual designer with Design Studio; and Harpreet Singh Ahluwalia, an enterprise marketing management solutio
From left to right, Ken Beauvais, a regional sales manager for Comcast Business; Sebastian Alexandru Froehlinger-Weiss, a visual designer with Design Studio; and Harpreet Singh Ahluwalia, an enterprise marketing management solutio
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The second Southwest Florida Startup Weekend, held in Fort Myers April 13-15, was a big success, says the event’s founder, Bjorn Rosinus.

Participants in Startup Weekend, held in Fort Myers April 13-15, created a new company from scratch.
Participants in Startup Weekend, held in Fort Myers April 13-15, created a new company from scratch.

Rosinus, who doubles as CEO of Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, says the weekend was an improvement on the debut Startup Weekend, held last October. “We had some fantastic participation and some really great ideas,” Rosinus tells Coffee Talk.

Startup Weekends, prominent in tech-heavy citifies and communities, are usually frenetic events, where teams of entrepreneurs and businesspeople get 54 hours to create a new company from scratch and pitch its product or service to a team of experienced venture-capital investors. The most recent version drew about 60 people to Endeavor Innovative Workspaces’ Fort Myers facility.

Rosinus says one of the key improvements in the two events is that in the April one, all the participants stayed throughout the whole weekend. In the debut version, about one-third left for a variety of reasons. Rosinus says he will soon begin to brainstorm and prep for Startup Weekend Fort Myers 3.0, which could include college students or even younger students, and will likely take place at the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

 

           

 

 

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