Join young professionals for Startup Weekend in October

Young professionals don’t just work for companies, they start their own…

Launch a new company over the course of a weekend! Part hackathon, part business plan competition, 100% exhilarating experience. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or just want to get a taste of life at an early-stage startup company, Startup Weekend Gainesville is the perfect opportunity.

On Friday, participants brainstorm ideas and form teams around the best ones, then it’s a 48-hour sprint to validate ideas, build a demo product, and craft a business plan. The climax of the weekend is an investor pitch a la Shark Tank on Sunday evening to a panel of judges – all local investors and successful entrepreneurs – who choose the weekend’s winners. Top teams walk away with prizes such as free office space, mentorship & legal services to help keep the startup going.

Early bird tickets are still available – use promo code ACEL for 40% off!

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ACEL is a 501c3 non-profit run by an all volunteer board. Your membership helps support all the great things we do in Alachua Count achieve our mission of keeping young professionals like you connected, informed and involved. Your tax deductible membership fee, often reimbursed by employers includes deep discounts on paid events, a thriving online community in our Slack channel, access to mentorship opportunities and microgrants and more.