Do you have a business idea? Do you ever wonder what an experienced business owner such as Track5Media President Oliver Feakins would have to say about it? Well, here’s your chance to find out! Those of you with money-making ideas in Central Pennsylvania have the chance to pitch, collaborate, and learn from some of the best business owners in the area at Startup Weekend Central PA. On October 26-28, Track5Media President Oliver Feakins will be participating as a featured judge at the event, along with several other entrepreneurs, mentors, and coaches. The three-day event will take place at The Candy Factory, a co-working space in the heart of Downtown Lancaster. Lancaster, which is notorious for supporting startups and small, family-owned business owners, is the perfect backdrop for such an event. Here are three things you should know about Startup Weekend Central PA!
Three Things to Know About Startup Weekend Central PA
1. What’s happening?
The event itself is a 54-hour startup crash course on starting your own business. It’s a chance for designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to get together for a “three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation,” according to the event’s website. The website also promises all the internet and coffee you can consume, so be sure to test that theory. Oh, and they’ll also feed you. Anyone with a business or product idea is encouraged to attend, and no experience is necessary. Over the course of the weekend, participants work in teams to pitch ideas, collaborate, learn, and eventually create a prototype of their business model by the event’s end. The event culminates Sunday afternoon when teams present their ideas to a panel of judges, who will decide on the winning team.
2. What can you learn from Oliver?
Industry experts will act as speakers, judges, and mentors for the event. Luckily, with the event in downtown Lancaster, you get to hang out with some of the most successful business owners in the area. For the weekend, you can call our president Judge Oliver. Why should you care what he has to say? Well, for starters, he is the founder and president of Track5Media, a successful tech company in Lancaster that builds job board websites for niche industries. But that’s not all… He’s actually launched several start-ups over the years, won some awards, teaches Entrepreneurship at Millersville University, and even runs his very own foundation, The Feakins Foundation, which is a non-profit which helps dreamers pursue their goals of post-secondary education through college scholarships and guidance. So yeah, he’s a pretty cool guy and he knows stuff.
3. How do you sign up?
Are you still with me? If you have a business idea, you can spend all weekend tweaking it to reality with really smart, successful people like Oliver. Ok, good. So, how do you sign up? To participate, you have to buy tickets. However, you can use this special promo code – OLIVER10 – for a discount. Organizers say that plenty of space is still available, so don’t miss this unique opportunity!
Startup Weekend is an even that happens all over the country. There are three Startup Weekend events in happening in Pennsylvania this fall – Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Next weekend is the first time an event was held in Lancaster since 2015.