The thing I love about Startups is that it’s the combination of two things I enjoy: technology and business.  I’m excited to announce that I’ll be acting as a coach and mentor for the event!  Startup Weekend coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, where events will take place all over the world to help educate people about entrepreneurship and help businesses get started.  Here’s the official press release and the Startup Weekend Tri-Cities’ website:

AccelNow, the Northeast Tennessee regional accelerator, will hold a “Start-up Weekend Tri-Cities” on November 16, 17 and 18.

The weekend event is one of the entrepreneurial approaches that is becoming widely used in Tennessee and other cities.

Dave Lawrence, AccelNow Director, described the three-days as “a hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and those exploring entrepreneurship can find out if their start-up ideas are viable.” Based on national averages, attendees at start-up weekends are evenly divided between those with technical or design backgrounds and those who have business backgrounds.

Lawrence said the “Start-up Weekend Tri-Cities” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology with registration in Brown Hall Auditorium and sessions in Sam Wilson Hall. The planners are specifically interested in those contemplating web-based or phone app development although all entrepreneurs can attend.

Friday evening’s session kicks-off with open microphone pitches where attendees bring their best ideas and try to inspire others to join their team. Teams form that night before day one adjourns at 10 p.m. During the next two days, the teams will focus on developing customers, validating their ideas, and using LEAN Startup Methodologies to build a minimal viable product.

The event concludes Sunday with teams demonstrating their prototypes and receiving feedback from a panel of experts. The hours on Saturday are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Ryan Hayes

Ryan is a Microsoft MVP award winner with over eight years of software experience, working with big-name clients such as Discovery Channel, AOL, Toyota, and the National Academy of Sciences. Ryan has helped teams deliver award-winning applications that drive business processes, site traffic, and profit, putting his experience and creativity to work to build amazing solutions for the enterprise web, desktop and mobile platforms.