If you’ve got an exciting new business idea, some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs could soon be helping turn it into a reality.
Start Up Weekend is coming to Scotland for the first time from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May. Hosted by business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark it challenges participants to work together to get a brand new technology company off the ground in just 54 hours.
Anyone with a business idea is invited to go along and pitch. Those with the most potential will be invited to form a team and build their product before facing a panel of expert judges.
Organiser Michael Hayes, from Scottish tech start up blog Rookie Oven, said: “You don’t need a technical background to take part. The whole idea is for people from all walks of life to work together, to try and create something brilliant. We want to see talented people whether they are lawyers, graphic designers, nurses, developers, IT experts or anyone else who fancies it all collaborating. That’s what will make it such a special weekend.”
Around the world 200 similar events will be taking place in more than 30 countries and the Glasgow version also has the backing of Allan Lloyds of Insight Arcade and Jim Duffy of Entrepreneurial Spark.
Tickets are priced at £40 (£30 for students) and give attendees entry to Start up Weekend Glasgow from the evening of Friday 25 May through to pitching on Sunday the 27 May, as well as meals, snacks and enough coffee to fuel all night coding sessions.
Michael Hayes says: “Start Up Weekend Glasgow will bring a bit of the legendary Silicon Valley culture to Scotland for an unforgettable weekend of creativity and company creation. It’s an excellent opportunity to promote the Scottish technology scene globally and we’ll have some of Scotland’s best technical and entrepreneurial talent coaching attendees to make sure we create some truly innovative products.”