Why attend Startup Weekend Trondheim?

Technoport is again a proud sponsor of Startup Weekend Trondheim, to be held at DIGS from 7-9 November. We are fully behind the initiative for one simple reason: it provides an open, inclusive environment to get your hands dirty, build and test your ideas, instead of just talking about them!

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in several Startup Weekends back in Oslo, including a memorable editions for Norwegian veterans. I’ve also interviewed winners from Stavanger and Bergen, and ducked my head into the Trondheim event earlier this year. With this experience, I’ve put together a quick list of why you should attend Startup Weekend Trondheim:

1. Don’t just talk – build and test your big idea

Do you have a business idea? Of course you do! We all do.

The difference between those of us who have an idea and those of us who run successful businesses is really quite simple – action.

If you’re a graphic designer with a great idea for an app, you’re never going to make progress without the help of developers. If you’re a businesswoman with an idea for disrupting your industry, you need developers, designers and mentors to make it happen, or it will forever remain just an idea.

You get the point, I’m sure. Startup Weekend allows you to pitch your idea to a talented group of like-minded people, and gives you the tools and time to put that idea into action. Many teams of people – often people that met for the first time on the Friday night – are so focused on turning a great idea into reality that they create a working prototype for the presentations on Sunday night.

Don’t let your idea gather dust, make it happen at Startup Weekend Trondheim.

2. Learn a new skill

I’ve seen many people come to Startup Weekend primarily to learn a new programming language, and some to even learn to program! Some businesspeople want to hone their technical ability, whereas many developers want to improve their business acumen or marketing sills. Some students of entrepreneurship simply want to practice the processes of pitching and honing in on a winning idea.

Your teammates and mentors will provide a valuable resource from which you can learn. You may even uncover a hidden talent you never knew you had!

3. Create a job

Globally, the Startup Weekend concept has created countless real companies. Even here in Norway, the event sprouted social playlist and music discovery service Soundrop, who secured a $3m investment from Northzone just 18 months after winning Startup Weekend Oslo.

Over in the USA, dog-sitter match-up service Rover came out of Seattle, while the Kansas event produced Truckily, an automated marketing platform for food truck owners.

4. Meet a co-founder

Even if your idea doesn’t win and you choose not to continue it after the weekend, you may choose to continue working with your team on another idea. Or people from another team that you networked with during the event. Or even a mentor! Startup Weekends are fertile ground for meeting co-founders. Come and see for yourself.

5. Make friends, have fun

This last point is perhaps the most important of all. Yes the weekend is devoted to developing business ideas from initial idea to proven prototype, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun along the way! Communal meals and the post-weekend party are great places to network, meet like-minded people, and have some fun.

Startup Weekend Trondheim

Book your ticket to Startup Weekend Trondheim now.

See you there!