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Pitch your business ideas at StartUp Weekend

By Mike Irwin World staff writer

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wenatchee

Pitch your business ideas at StartUp Weekend

Now’s your chance to crank up that business you’ve been dreaming about.

StartUp Weekend, one in a series of entrepreneurial workshops held around the world, will be hosted here Oct. 5-7 by the North Central Washington Economic Development District and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wenatchee Valley College.

The two-day event features lectures, skills assessments and networking opportunities. At its center is a workshop session in which participants pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers and guidance from business coaches.

Through the weekend, teams form around the top ideas, determined by popular vote, followed by sessions on creating a business model, design and marketing. The weekend ends with presentations in front of local business leaders and more critical feedback on each project.

Weekend events begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with registration and dinner, runs 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 7. All sessions will be held on the Wenatchee Valley College. Cost is $99.

To register, visit northcentralwashington.startupweekend.org.

StartUp Weekend is a Seattle-based nonprofit with local organizers in over 200 cities around the world. The organization helped host more than 400 events in 100 countries in 2011, according to an organization press release.

— Mike Irwin, World staff