1st Start-up Weekend Davao set on Nov. 9-11

For the first time ever, Davao City is holding Start-up Weekend this November 9-11, 2012 at Philippine College of Technology.

 

Dubbed “No talk, All action. Launch a Start-up in 54 hours”, Start-up Weekend Davao will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, and start-up enthusiasts to come together to form teams and launch start-up businesses in 54 hours.

“Our team at TechTalks.ph – Davao is very excited to spearhead this global event in the city. Start-up Weekend Davao will reawaken the local technopreneurial spirit and help promote an innovative technology ecosystem,” sid Dulce Rose Lada, lead organizer of Start-up Weekend Davao.

To maintain the consistency of the event structure and help the local organizers, Zachary Cohn, bootcamp director/hacker relations at Start-up Weekend headquarters, Seattle, USA will come in the city to facilitate the event.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Start-up Weekend HQ through the presence of Zac Cohn as our facilitator. His passion and knowledge will add impact and substance to the table,” Lada added.

In 2010, over 850 ventures were launched as ideas at Start-up Weekends. Ninety-five percent (95 percent) of the ventures had a webpage and 40 percent of the ventures were mobile applications.

More than thirty-six percent (36 percent) have turned into actual businesses. Eighty-five percent (85 percent) of participants still keep in touch with their team and ten percent (10 percent) of ventures reported funding or profitability after a year.

Serial entrepreneurs and experienced mentors such as Christian Besler, VP and community engagement head of Kickstart Ventures, Dave Overton, founder of Sym.ph, Mark John Buenconsejo, Co-Founder of Caresharing, John Rey Naranjo, CEO of Ingenuity, George Tujan, CEO and co-founder at Neuraltech Innovations, Wesley Chiongbian, president at Mynimo.com, Franky Branckaute, founder at theBobbery.com, Marc Gil Medina, CEO and co-founder at Lightweight Solutions, Ray Rubio, CEO at Cubepixels Design Studio, Christopher John Cubos, CEO at Philippine Global Outsourcing, Tina Amper, founder at TechTalks.ph and Bert Barriga, executive vice president at ICT Davao will participate as coaches over the weekend to provide entrepreneurial insight and inspiration.

Pitching starts on Friday night. Anyone is welcome to pitch their business concepts in 60 seconds or less to the audience. Attendees will vote on their favorite ideas after the pitch-fire session.

By Sunday evening, Start-up Weekend Davao will culminate with the final presentation of ideas by each team in front of a panel of judges who will award the prizes.

Winners of Start-up Weekend Davao will compete at the Global Start-up Battle that might earn them a trip to Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Googleplex, $5000 PR Launch Package, $5000 of Design Services, $5000 of Legal support and other prizes from sponsors.

On the same weekend, similar Start-up Weekends are happening simultaneously at Japan, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Republic of Kosovo, Algeria, Romania, Brazil, Cape Verde, Norway, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Slovakia, China, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iran, Poland, Ghana, Australia, Senegal, Belgium, France, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, UK and USA.

Start-up Weekend Davao is supported by Kickstart Ventures, Globe Telecom, Philippine College of Technology, TechTalks.ph, Lifebit, Crea8tech Solutions, Ingenuity, and PR Works.