Monday, May 14, 2012

Yes, the South Sound Entrepreneurship Weekend is Happening

It may be a bit late to say it, but the South Sound Technology Conference was quite excellent this year, with an outstanding line up of speaker and panels and attendance that blew the doors off the last several years. It was also a lot of work put in by a great group of people.

If you attended then you may know that the intent of course was to follow that up with a South Sound Entrepreneurs Weekend, which had tentatively been scheduled for May.

Well the SSEW is not happening this May, but it does have a date and a location and sponsors and everything.

I have been busy with a lot of activities here in Tacoma and the South Sound. Not just work and play related, but also including everything that may be attached to having a son in little league and Webelos, a daughter in track and dance and piano, another daughter in gym and cheer leading and the eldest in her final year of high school and as a daffodil princess. Things won't slow down much, but I have identified a free weekend to make SSEW happen.

Please save the weekend of September 14th, 15th and 16th for an opportunity to ideate, plan, prototype, (maybe fund) and launch a business in a 54 hour time frame. It starts with open mic pitches on Friday in the early evening. Both individuals and teams of people try to build teams based on their ideas and ability to gather interest. Saturday and Sunday is spent on prototyping, designing and developing a business plan. We will have a panel for judging and feedback on Sunday, and are planning on having prizes as well.

With a starting pair of sponsors and more to come, at the very least there will be coffee, pizza, t-shirts and a good time. There may even be a few companies launching as startups at the end. A group of great people have already started building on the ideas for the weekend, but I am always looking for more. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma in William Philip Hall.

If you are interested in being part of the event as a speaker or a participant, let me know.

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