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Startup event needs support

Entrepreneurs to work for 54 hours to pitch ideas, form teams, build projects and launch companies

Posted: August 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

A 54-hour business startup event has been approved for Santa Clarita by the Seattle-based organization Startup Weekend, and the local organizers are looking for entrepreneurial support.

Scheduled to run Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to Oct. 7, the entrepreneurial event brings together designers, developers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch actual companies within only 54 hours.

Sponsored by the local SCV Startup group, everyone who attends has an opportunity to pitch their startup business idea, said co-organizer Brian Tippy.

Like many true entrepreneurs, the organizers are busy working against the clock to coordinate the logistics of hosting an event of this magnitude and are open to support from the local community.

The organizers, Tippy and Erick Arndt of SCV Startup, are viewing site options where they can comfortably host 80 people over the weekend.

“We have some options available but are still exploring to find the best venue for an event like this,” Tippy said.

The entrepreneurial duo is also looking for local resources who can help sponsor the finances to cover the basic cost of food for the weekend startup warrior, logistics and wifi services for the event. Attendees can also buy a ticket to join the event, which covers meals, drinks and an after-party on Sunday night. The public at-large can see the presentations on the final Sunday for only $20.

“We’re looking for local businesses that kind of fall into the entrepreneurial world for some of the help, including entrepreneurial coaches,” Tippy said. “We want to tap local resources that can help make the event special.”

As for the startup event itself, there is plenty to attract attendees.

Startup Weekend

Attendees vote on their favorite ideas and teams then form around the top picks, based on skill sets, to work on launching a company over the weekend. It is not uncommon for the driven entrepreneurs to work through the night on Saturday, Tippy said.

In addition to those people with an idea for a startup, SCV Startup hopes to also attract developers or programmers as well as designers who can “beautify online graphics,” Tippy said.

Winners receive non-cash prizes.

“The grand prize for the L.A. Startup Weekend actually got to be flown to Dubai to pitch to a group of investors there,” Tippy said. “Zaarly is an example of a company to come out of an event like this. It’s now a $1 million company.”

The founders of Zaarly Inc., an online business connecting people with services, conceived of and built their company prototype in 2011 at a Startup Weekend in Los Angeles; where they won first place in the competition and attracted the attention of Hollywood celebrities and investors.

Startup Weekend has coordinators work with local organizers to facilitate the events. Having hosted 672 events, with more than 300 more planned, the non-profit said it has helped launch 5,005 startups. It works with sponsors like Google, Microsoft BizSpark and Amazon.

More than 36 percent of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after three months, and roughly 80 percent of the participants plan on continuing to work with their team or startup after the weekend concludes, according to the organization.

“This event is for entrepreneurs with an idea they’ve been working on for a few months, who need help putting it together and launching,” Tippy said. “But it has to be just an idea, not an existing company.”

For more information, readers can go to or contact Brian by calling
661-755-2776 or emailing


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