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Winyah Auditorium

Cowork MYR, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & The Alliance for the Economic Development of Georgetown County have come together to create Opportunities for Technology Enthusiasts in the Grand Strand! This fall bring your best ideas, talent and excitement to work together and create businesses and turn ideas into reality!

** Due to a tragic fire on Georgetown’s historical Front Street, our location has moved to the Winyah Auditorium. Our thoughts are with those who live and work on the Georgetown Waterfront. ** 

What is Georgetown Startup Weekend?

An experience you’ll never forget. Think the 48-Hour Film Fest for techies, marketers & entrepreneurs. Work with a team to convert an idea into an operating business in 54 hours.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to learn or loves the process of creating a new product or service and turning it into a business. Attendees include makers, programmers, marketers, designers, builders, entrepreneurs and writers. 

Why should I attend?

To become inspired, forge lasting friendships, find co-founders & employees, learn new tools & methodologies, practice new skills and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Participating in Startup Weekend is an intense experience that allows you to grow rapidly and build deep relationships. It’s an experience like none other.

What can I expect?

Attendees meet Friday evening and start getting to know each other. After a dinner and inspiring presentations, you’ll go through six steps to build a new business by Sunday evening:

  1. Propose Your Idea
  2. Build Your Team
  3. Create Your Business Model
  4. Connect with Customers
  5. Build Your Product
  6. Present Your Startup

Steps 3-5 usually happen at the same time by different members of your team. You’ll also be supported by a cadre of coaches who will give you feedback on your progress and answer your questions.

What do I get with my ticket?

Your ticket includes 7 meals throughout the weekend, some Google Swag, Internet access and use of the space, free parking at the venue, all the electricity you can consume and an amazing time!

What do the winners get?

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams, as determined by the Judges. Judges use the following criteria: Business Model Validation, Product Execution, and User Experience Design. Prizes to be awarded include:

 

How do I sign up?

Register on our Eventbrite sign up page.

If you fit multiple categories, pick your strongest for now. You will not be restricted to this role during the weekend. If you don’t know which to pick, select Non-Technical for now.

Where should I stay? Want to share a ride?

The Georgetown Chamber has recommended these hotel options: Hampton Inn, Harbor Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Quality Inn and Suites (all located in Georgetown, SC) B&B Options: Mansfield Plantation, Shaw House

Need to share a ride? We have a relationship with RidePost.

How can I help?

Help promote Georgetown Startup Weekend to your friends and others. Check out our Help Promote Georgetown Startup Weekend page for actions you can take to promote the event.

Where can I find out more?

The Georgetown Times has written an excellent article about our event. You can also see the coverage at The Digitel MYR. If you have other questions, check out the Startup Weekend FAQ or read more on this site in our blog entries and information about our speakers, judges, coaches, organizers and sponsors. You can also find us doing updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Schedule

Friday

Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • After Hours Social

Saturday

Sep 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Speakers

Ray Antonino

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

As a local business leader and entrepreneur who has experienced both success and failure, Ray brings to the table practical and decisive leadership for navigating the constant challenges that face many start-ups.
While seeking to duplicate and scale his own businesses more effectively Ray has fully embraced the world of technology. His real life professional experiences coupled with the understanding of what modern technologies offer, make him an asset for any tech start-up for which he is affiliated.

Judges

Larry Mercado

Vice President CIO, MERCOM   |  

Larry Mercado co-founded Mercom Corporation in 2000. Mr. Mercado runs the day to day business operations of the company and has responsibility for business development, capture management, government and commercial contracts, and quality assurance. Mr. Mercado leads the efforts to develop and implement long term strategy for all business activities and is responsible for managing corporate security policies and procedures.

Rob Salvino

Associate Professor of Economics, Coastal Carolina University

Professor and research economist for CCU’s Center for Economic and Community Development in the Wall College of Business. He teaches advanced courses in economics and entrepreneurship. His academic research has been published in the Review of Law and Economics, Applied Economics and other journals. Salvino provides economic outlook and analysis for the local, state, and national economies, and founded the business plan competition at CCU. He completed his PhD in economics at Georgia State University in 2007 and lives in Murrells Inlet, SC with his wife and their three children.

Brad Faircloth

Director of E-Commerce, Burroughs and Chapin

Coaches

Peter Gasca

Co-founder Wild Creations   |   LinkedIn

Pete Gasca is the co-founder and CEO for Wild Creations, a product development company based in Myrtle Beach, SC that focuses on unique and innovate products serving the toy and gift industries. Wild Creations was recognized in 2010 by the SC Chamber of Commerce as the #1 fastest growing company and by the Inc 500/5000 as the #259 fastest growing private company in the US. Pete and his business partners were nominated for Entrepreneurs of the Year for the Carolinas by Ernst and Young in 2011.

Dr. Anthony Robinson

Assistant Professor at Georgia Regents Unviersity   |  

Dr. Anthony Robinson's areas of interest in research and teaching include entrepreneurship, strategic management, and marketing. Dr. Robinson frequently conducts research and speaks on topics of relevance to small businesses, new ventures, strategic planning, and marketing planning and has published work and presented at numerous international conferences on the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ian Taylor

The Taylor Law Office   |   LinkedIn

Ian Taylor created the Taylor Law Office to help South Carolinians start, develop and protect their wealth and businesses. Providing many hours of pro bono, Ian recognized that legal services can be provided for everyone. He combines online technology with traditional service to provide affordable yet comprehensive legal service and counseling.

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