Opening the Startup Floodgates

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FAIRFIELD — Startup Weekend — it’s not just for techies any more.

The nationwide annual event — which got its start in New Haven in 2011 — groups prospective entrepreneurs into teams to develop a startup company and design a prototype before pitching to a team of potential investors for funding to get the idea off the ground.

This summer another Startup Weekend will take place, but is open to pitches from entrepreneurs in any industry, not just information technology. This year’s Startup Weekend will kick off at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University and run through Sunday evening June 16, starting with Friday’s pitching of ideas for new products or services. Ten of the best ideas are selected as finalists, and participants break off into teams to work for the weekend. The event culminates with each team pitching their ideas for $20,000 in legal services and other professional.

Among the organizers for the latest Startup Weekend are Derek Koch, of New Haven-based Independent Software, and manager of The Grid, New Haven’s hub of the statewide Innovation Ecosystem.

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