E-Center to Hold ‘Startup Weekend’ Sept. 16-18

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The [email protected] will hold the inaugural Startup Weekend Sept. 16, 17 and 18 for entrepreneurs and creative minds, Executive Director Ketaki Desai announced Tuesday, which she billed as “a 54-hour sprint to build businesses.”

Startup Weekends are about people learning to start a business by creating one themselves, she said. “Participants don’t spend the weekend listening to speeches or theories,” she explained. “Instead they build and test their ideas while collaborating with like-minded passionate individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.”

Sponsors expect those who attend will be “aspiring entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, web and software developers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business.”

Concept pitching and team building will take place Friday evening, organizer Lisa Evans said. On Saturday and Sunday participants will “mind map, strategize and business a real business.”

On Sunday evening, a panel of judges will choose the winning team who will be awarded three months of working space at the eCenter and other prizes.

Focus of the weekend is bringing food and energy innovation to Mercer County. “The inspiration for Startup Weekend,” Desai said, “is the state-of-the-art wastewater and sewage treatment system here. The treatment plant generates methane carbon dioxide, enriched mineral water and Class-A biosolids,” all of which “will fuel the next generation of new startup ideas.”

Participants are not limited to discussing ideas in this field, she added.

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