Become an entrepreneur in 54 hours

Startup weekend Oslo

Startup Weekends are a global event, so wherever you are in the world, read on. Oslo Startup Weekend kicks off with a Microsoft pitch-training and app-making course tomorrow (10th October) and with it the opportunity for you to become an entrepreneur. Yes, you. Do you find yourself day-dreaming about business or tech ideas that you believe are truly awesome but you keep telling yourself, “I don’t have what it takes to make it happen” or “I don’t even know where to begin with this”? Then this weekend is for you. Even if you’re just a big, over-flowing bag of confidence, this weekend is for you.

Before I go into why, disclosure: Oslo Startup Weekend is organised by Startup Norway, who I write for (you can see my blog posts here) but I’m not writing about this for publicity. I’m writing about this because I believe this is an incredible opportunity and if I had never met the lovely people of Startup Norway, I’d still be attending and writing about it.

Now to the Whos, Whats and Whys of it. I’m keeping this brief because I want you to finish reading and go sign up to your nearest Startup Weekend. With the focus being on Oslo, this weekend is going to be the push you need to take that brilliant idea and turn it into a brilliant product. I say push because you’ll be given a platform to pitch your idea in 60 seconds and then materialise it in 54 hours. Sound scary? Good, because that’s what you need.

Your pitch and and final product (if your idea is nominated to be carried out) will be judged by a panel of people who know a thing or two about techie startups, including game studio Funcom’s Morten Larsen. There’s a prize in store and everyone loves those. But for me, the most exciting part is meeting fellow Osloites who are just bursting to create something amazing, with you. You have the opportunity to collaborate with coders, designers, marketers and law wizards who all feel they aren’t made for the 9-5 cubicle life. These could be people who will always be in your life from this weekend onwards, who just keep on inspiring and motivating you to take action with those ideas you daydream about.

You don’t need to feel like an entrepreneur to be one. What you do need, is creativity, determination and the willingness to make a difference. Take these three things with you to the weekend and you’re all set. It doesn’t matter if your idea isn’t the most unique or if the thought of presenting your idea will have your knees shaking, because 99% of the people going will feel like that too. A few moments into the event and you’ll forget all about how you felt before because you’re meeting some of the most exciting people in your city. And guess what? They feel the same way about you.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your idea materialise and sign up now!

For good measure, check out this link for first timer FAQs.

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