This is NAIROBI’S first, Startup Weekend, but the event occurs all over the world throughout the year. The event will be held the weekend of 24th -26th of February 2012 at the Nailab in Nairobi and more info is at www.nairobi.startupweekend.org. Registration is open until the 21st of February 2012. Tickets cost 2050 per participant for the 3 days.
From the iHub blog
The event will be hosted by Nailab at Bishop Magua Center which is gradually becoming Nairobi’s tech startup building. The competition organization in different locations globally borrows from a common format overseen and supported byStartup Weekend, a 501c(3) Non-Profit organization in the San Francisco – United States. It is designed to be a “54-hour event where developers, designers , marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups”. The format is very much like Garage48 and IPO48 and goes as follows :-
- On Friday Evening attendees present their best ideas in open mic pitching sessions.
- Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product.
- On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
In this weekend’s edition of the event in Nairobi, attendants buy tickets at a fee of Kshs 2,050 payable through M-PESA business number 111666 (received by Growth Africa Limited). Delegates attending the event finale on 26th February only, will pay an entrance fee of KES 500. More information on tickets can be found on the event websitehttp://nairobi.startupweekend.org/tickets/
The organizers have stated in their website engagement of re-known personalites in the industry for speakers, judges and mentors. These according to the organizers include Virtual City’s John Waibochi, ICT board’s Paul Kukubo, Paul Mwachi of Isys Software, Capital FM’s Chris Kirubi, inMobi’s Moses Kemibaro, and Craft Silicon’s Kamal Buthabati. Judging from the results of other weekend long contests held in Nairobi where teams of entrepreneurs accessed prize money, entrepreneurship capacity building, early stage investment and access to valuable networks, I would encourage many upcoming entrepreneurs to take part in this event.
See you there!