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Startup Weekend starts Friday in San Diego

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San Diego will host its seventh Startup Weekend starting June 21, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch.

Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups. Although the event encourages innovation of all kinds, most teams form startups based on Web and mobile technologies.

“Startup Weekend will give aspiring entrepreneurs a taste of what it’s like to build a startup,” said Tim Ryan, lead organizer for the event. “Whether or not teams come out of the experience with a viable startup, everyone will learn about the difficulties of building a startup from scratch.”

On Friday, attendees will pitch their startup ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. Teams will form from the most popular ideas and the rest of the weekend will be spent creating products and formulating business plans.

By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes to teams who give the best demos. Prizes will include hardware from Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), office time at local co-working spaces, and legal fees to help with incorporation.

This is the first Startup Weekend San Diego to be held at a major technology corporation in the area, which is a milestone for the organization.

Startup Weekend San Diego runs from June 21 at 6 p.m. to June 23 at 9 p.m. at Nokia San Diego in Rancho Bernardo. Around 100 participants are expected to partake over the weekend.

Startup Weekend is a Seattle-based nonprofit with the mission of inspiring, educating and empowering individuals, teams, and communities to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

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