Museao to host Startup Weekend for Columbia businesspeople

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 6:19 p.m. CDT; updated 9:26 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — Businesspeople will have a chance to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurship in building Web and phone applications at Startup Weekend from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Startup Weekend is an event where developers, designers, business owners and other entrepreneurs gather to develop and create new products and business ideas. The event will be held from 6 p.m. Sept. 30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Museao building, 3500 Buttonwood Drive.

Early registration for the event ends Aug. 31 and costs $50 to $99. The schedule can be found on the event's website.

The first Startup Weekend was held in 2007, and since then more than 300 Startup Weekends have been hosted in cities throughout the world, including Moscow, New York and Seoul, South Korea, said Museao Director Kelsey Meyer. More than 27,000 people have participated in Startup Weekend since its inception, according to a news release.

This is the first Startup Weekend in Columbia, Meyer said.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based entrepreneurial foundation, awarded grants for Startup Weekend’s founders and organizers to promote the convention in 2010.

Participants will be organized into groups for each event and will cooperate to create a product that can be presented at the end of the event, the release said. Mentors will help each group if they face difficulties.

For more information about Startup Weekend, contact Meyer at 445-0678.

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