Written by Lyuba Popova
On 30 September 2014 Chris Georgiev took part in the second session of the “Open Coffee” discussion format for this semester. Chris as a founder of the Startup Sofia Foundation explained the Startup Weekend format and shared his thoughts about the emergence of the entrepreneurial mindset. He also gave some useful tips encouraging the audience to take the initiative and join the Startup Weekend at Blagoevgrad.
Tip#1: Share your ideas!
Chris argues that no one would steal an idea so easily, because most people have already collected enough on their own. Moreover, when shared, ideas may quickly evolve into something even bigger. He pointed as an example the “Open Coffee” format, the idea of which emerged in London. The sessions were situated in bars, presenting startup conversations accompanied with a glass of beer or wine. Later on, many organizations, as well as the Startup Sofia Foundation and our team, adopted the idea and continue to develop it. Still, the name remains the same.
Tip#2: Be ready to experiment!
Among the first essential steps towards the entrepreneurial adventure is to educate the ability to take risks. You do not have to be scared to accomplish your ideas and goals, otherwise you will be just another teller of the “taxi driver’s story”. It’s usually a same old story of a once-successful but then bankrupted business, which basically shows that people in the country do not accept failure. However, there is also another story, a story where we can and should learn from your failures and change the world.
Tip#3: Make a change!
Of course, that statement has been deeply rooted in each entrepreneurial thought by default. However, it may be very hard to make the change alone. Chris finished his discussion pointing out that Startup weekend events are very appropriate place to successfully form a team. “Startup Weekend is not about finding the best team, because it’s really hard,” said Chris. “It is about learning to work as a team,” he then ended. The startup-er encouraged everyone to take the initiative and join the event on 17-19 October. Thus, the world will have new positive entrepreneurial stories to tell.
Written by Lyuba Popova
We truly believe in our idea to create an awesome, entertaining and educating event, spreading the entrepreneurial spirit around the campus of the American University in Bulgaria. We also believe there are plenty of reasons you should attend the Startup Weekend at Blagoevgrad on 17-19 October 2014. However, as the time is one of the most expensive contemporary values, we won’t steal your precious minutes. We will just shortly list the top 6 reasons to spend a weekend with us.
As we live, so we learn
Startup Weekend is an effective and interactive form of education. You do not need to stay in ages-long and boring lecture sessions or to read dozens of outdated theories. Be creative, build your own strategies and test them on the go. With a whole weekend dedicated to new opportunities, you might work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or any other tech skill, or just explore something different from your typical routine.
It’s all about connections
Our event attracts educated enthusiasts, experts, creators, current or future entrepreneurs. Isn’t it the right place to build your network? Spending 54 hours working on your newly-established companies you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with both friends and business partners. Who knows, your ideas may find the co-founder you have so desirably needed.
Actually launch a startup company
According to the data collected from the official organizers, Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Get the swag and save money
Some of you may argue that Startup Weekend events are costly. Well, our event is not that expensive as we provide tickets with special discounts for current students. Moreover, you get cool colorful gadgets, three meals a day, little snacks and of course, the entrepreneurs’ obsession – almost unlimited amount of coffee. (Have you ever asked yourself how much caffeine your ideas might absorb?)
Get along with the big names
Local successful entrepreneurs and tech experts participate in Startup Weekend events as mentors and judges. Get some time with the startup leaders in your community, explore your opportunities and learn the game from the best players. After the event is over, you may walk away with a new job or why not an investor.
Join the family
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all having the haunting entrepreneurial mindset. We are a global community that courageously aims to change the world. Step outside of your comfort zone, because Startup Weekends are your perfect opportunity to explore yourself.
Is it possible to launch a Start Up in 54 hours? Join us to find out…
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Startup Weekend Blagoevgrad
October 17th, 2014
Written by Lyuba Popova
Shape…share…form…launch… Yes, indeed, we want to prove you that there is a way you might succeed in launching a start up in only 54 hours. StartUp Weekend @ Blagoevgrad is a weekend-long unique experience which will leave you not only with good memories but also with the magical inspiration of entrepreneurship and the possibility of starting your own business.
Our event is part of the global StartUp Weekend network established by passionate entrepreneurs and leaders, and enthusiastic volunteers who have accepted a mission to educate and inspire people. The idea behind the format originates from the States, more precisely from Seattle, Washington where the non-profit organization is headquartered. However, the entrepreneurial network has grown immensely over the past few years with over 1800 successful events in 120 countries around the Globe.
It does not matter if you are a business expert, developer, designer, accountant or just a current student; anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. All Startup Weekend events follow one basic model, in which attendees bring their best ideas, form teams and start their entrepreneurial adventure.
Over the weekend, all assigned teams attend different sessions and workshops, walking through the process of founding a start-up. Our enthusiasts learn step by step the basics of customer development, idea validation, planning, building a minimal valuable product, etc. During the process attendees receive mentorship and valuable feedback from a group/panel of carefully selected experts in various fields. The peak of the program is the final presentation of plans and prototypes in front of local entrepreneurial leaders and guests with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether attendees will actually build a product, a company, or will just network with others, learning new start up insights, everyone is guaranteed to have fun.
Do not hesitate and put yourself in the adventurous shoes of a real entrepreneur!
Register now for the StartUp Weekend @ Blagoevgrad on October 17-19, 2014. We are waiting for you.
October 17th, 2014
Written by Lyuba Popova
We are happy to announce that the fall semester this year will be marked with a big start up event! The StartUP Weekend@Blagoevgrad (2014) is the first event of its kind under license of the official StartUP Weekend organization in the region of Blagoevgrad. It is one of its most fun and exciting entrepreneurial initiatives.
The StartUP Weekend gives ordinary students the opportunity to be real entrepreneurs for 2 days and see for themselves that it takes very little to start and turn a single idea to a successful business. They will also get the chance to apply their own knowledge, creativity, skills and strategic thinking to solving real-life problems!
For the past three years we have invested our great enthusiasm and efforts in organizing numerous events – from small evening “Open coffee” events, to the huge annual 2-day StartUP@Blagoevgrad conferences held in March. Being astonished by the work of our friends from the StartUP organization, we came up with the great idea of bringing another of their event formats to Blagoevgrad.
The StartUP@Blagoevgrad conference is an annual forum that brings together passionate entrepreneurs, investors, students and young people. Thus, our event aims in educating them how to turn their bright ideas into successful businesses. Entirely dedicated to our work, we are happy to recognize that more and more people attend our events each year and actively engage themselves as participants of the various workshops and discussions.
Apart from the conference, let’s take a look at who we actually are. The StartUP@Blagoevgrad organization was founded back in 2011, as a branch of the main StartUP organization in Sofia. Our team is comprised of enthusiastic students, who believe in one big cause-to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit among young people in Bulgaria and further develop the startup ecosystem in our country.
If you are curious to learn more about the Start UP Weekend @ Blagoevgrad, we are happy to announce that it is scheduled for October 17th-19th . The event will take place in the AUBG Skaptopara Campus, Blagoevgrad. We expect at least 60 participants and more than 200-people audience comprised of students, professors, professionals, and venture investors. To learn more about the format, the coaches and judges that will participate in the event, stay with us for updates!
the StartUP@Blagoevgrad team