I decided to participate in Startup weekend following the recommendation of my brother Jaime, who participated in another edition in Spain. In this case, I took part in the event celebrated in the city of Odense, Denmark. It is the second time this event is hosted by the local organizers. By taking a look at the website of Startup Weekend, you realize that they provide the tools to help people develop or improve an idea until its transformed into a more mature stage, close enough to a project worth of investment.
Entrepreneurial initiatives exist everywhere around us. It is a good way to get to know new people, learn some practical skills and develop a particular aspect of ourselves that we didn´t before. At the end, it´s also all about team work, which is factor applicable to our everyday life.
Why I decided to participate? I approached the team in the city I live and asked them if I could also volunteer and help them organize the next event. After the meeting, we agreed that it would be a good idea for me to try this new activity during the Startup Weekend that occurred. The “learning by doing” dynamic of this event convinced me. What a better way to explain than quoting them:
In just 54 hours, it is all about experiencing the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a Startup. In these events you learn how to create a real company, receive good feedback from mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help the project you get involved in, get started.
It feels like a boot camp, where every personality and professional profile finds its place in a team, e.g. web-developers, programmers, graphic designers, marketing specialists, business analysts/strategists, educators, human resource specialists, researchers, consultants, artists, newbies and people that have participated repeatedly.
The main take away for me would be: to be prepared to changes.
Instead of talking any longer about it, go check it out by yourself. I highly recommend it.
See you in my next post.