Startup Weekend at CHAPMAN

Chapman University is hosting an event this weekend starting today, Friday, November 18th through November 21st, in Beckman Hall. The event, called Startup Weekend, is a “54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basics of a credible business of the course of the weekend.” The weekend involves many different types of people attending, such as marketers, product managers, developers, and designers in which they come to collaborate on ideas and introduce new startups. On the Startup Weekend website, there are statistics that say “36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months” and about “80% of participants plan on continuing work with their team or startup after the weekend.” They say it allows you to build connections with people you meet during this weekend. Andrew Hyde founded Startup Weekend in July of 2007 and in 2009, Mark Nager and Clint Nelsen bought Startup Weekend from Hyde and turned it into a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit. In 2010, Startup Weekend received the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant, providing it a better chance of reaching its goals, trying to understand the “unpredictable science of successful startup entrepreneurship.” )

I feel this is a great opportunity for Chapman business major students, especially if they are thinking of opening a business. They can come with their ideas of opening up a business and get feedback from professionals, as well as other colleagues. They also can listen to guest speakers who have started their own businesses. As I was looking at who was going to be speaking, I noticed there were no women on the list. I found this very discouraging and it made me wonder why Startup Weekend wasn’t having any women speak. I don’t know if this was something they did on purpose or if they couldn’t get any female entrepreneurs to speak. I feel if they wanted to make Startup Weekend better, they should have a couple women speakers as it would give the women who come to this weekend someone to lookup to.  It would also show that women are doing better in the business world and becoming more successful with their own businesses.

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