Startup Weekend, a meetup of tech entrepreneurs interested in learning hwo to launch successful ventures is set to happen November 22 at Nairobi’s iLab situated at Strathmore University.
With over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011, Startup Weekend is a Washington-based orgainzation with activities in over 200 cities around the world.
The weekend long workshops take tech entreprenuers through pitching ideas, forming teams, and starting companies and are open to anyone with whatever idea they have, and from anywhere in the world.
The attendes pitch their ideas, receive feedback from peers and then form teams around ideas with most votes and then embark on a 54 hour task of programming, designing, business model creation and market validation with later presentations to judges for top prizes.
Others imply come to find cofounders, meet friends or learn a skill new skills. The judges in the Startup Weekend Nairobi include Eston Kimani, CEO and Co-Founder Africa’s Talking Ltd, Ella Peinovich founder Shopsoko, Evans Wadongo Executive Director and Chairman of SDFA-Kenya, Darshan Chandaria Director Chandaria Industries Limited and Robert Yawe MD KAY System Technologies Limited among others.