April 7, 2016 at 12:45pm

Millikin to help launch business ideas during Startup Weekend

Center for Entrepreneurship

Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship, in the Tabor School of Business, will be hosting Decatur's first Startup Weekend, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, April 22-24. Startup Weekend is an opportunity for participants to pitch an idea, form a team and become part of the world's largest entrepreneurship community in 54 hours.

Whether you want to pitch an idea and lead a team, or be a founding member for a new product or service, Startup Weekend will provide the right entrepreneurial tools, skills and practices.

Anyone over the age of 12 interested in being part of creating an entrepreneurial spirit can participate. Participants will be part of a team that throughout the weekend develops an idea for a business to pitch to a panel of judges on Sunday evening, April 24.

Registration for Startup Weekend, including all meals and prizes, is $40 for students, $75 general and $25 for Demo Day.

Tabor School of Business

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams are formed based on the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Julie Shields, director of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, says, "Startup Weekend is important for businesses. The tools and strategies that make up Startup Weekend are really important to help existing businesses stay competitive. We will look at ideas and determine if they have a market and if they are feasible."

Advisors experienced in business will work with the teams throughout the event. The event will also be an opportunity for Millikin students to learn about developing business ideas.

Julie Shields

"We are connecting with an international movement for helping people learn how to launch business ideas," Shields says. "The reason for wanting to do this in Decatur is to invigorate the entrepreneurial ecosystem."    

For more information on Startup Weekend, visit startupdecaturil.com or contact Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship at 217.424.6296.

Click here to read more about Startup Weekend in an article from the Herald & Review.