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Startup Weekend is Coming to Barrie!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Startup Weekend Barrie is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. This international event is coming to Barrie the weekend of May 3rd - 5th at Georgian College.

It’s a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

“Startup Weekend is a global event that’s locally sponsored by The Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. It’s being brought to Barrie by 15 local business owners who form the Profit Matters team in their Barrie BNI Chapter,” explains project lead, Stuart Murray. “We’ve seen firsthand the benefits to developers, entrepreneurs and designers in Startup Weekends around the province as they work through a weekend to develop prototypes and launch ideas. The energy is infectious and the results are nothing short of amazing. And, the response to our Barrie event to date has been encouraging.”

Here’s an outline of what you can expect at Startup Weekend Barrie:

  • Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. 
  • Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. 
  • On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and win prizes.

Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters.

Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

If you’d like to participate in Startup Weekend Barrie for the nominal fee of $55.00 for the weekend, you can register online at

by Debbie Ouellet

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