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Wichita’s Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs to start May 30

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.

Momentum among Wichita’s tech community may be accelerating.

May 30 will mark the start of the third local Startup Weekend – an event in which technology-oriented professionals and entrepreneurs are teamed up to strategize and write computer code.

Startup Weekend is a process, fueled by coffee and beer, during which people who may not know each other at the start of the event chase ideas and try to make them into viable companies. The format started in Seattle and is now held in more than 200 cities around the world.

Wichita’s event will be held at the Labor Party, an office building in Old Town. It starts on a Friday night, May 30, with a vote by participants on the best ideas and the forming of teams, and ends Sunday evening with the judging of the prospective new businesses.

Winners will receive free office space and legal services, said one of the event’s organizers, Kenton Hansen.

The Wichita event was first held this time last year, attracting about 30 people. Two groups are still chasing business ideas that came out of Startup Weekends last year, Hansen said.

Even if participants don’t generate the next Google, Hansen said, the event’s real value is that it brings similar-minded people together in a creative and fun atmosphere. He said he expects more people and teams at this year’s event.

“What we learned at the first one is that there is a huge community that is champing at the bit to make things happen,” he said.

The cost to participate in Startup Weekend is $75 now and rises to $99 on May 30. Tickets to the Sunday Demo Day project presentation event, starting at 4 p.m. at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center, are $5.

Go to http://wichita.startupweekend.org/ for more information.

Reach Dan Voorhis at 316-268-6577 or dvoorhis@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @danvoorhis.

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