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Entrepreneurs welcome at Startup Lancaster Weekend

By , - Last modified: February 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

More than two dozen participants have signed up for Startup Weekend Lancaster, and more are welcome, backers said.

“We will find them a space,” event organizer Alisha Hettinger said.

The Startup Weekend initiative bills itself as “a global grassroots movement” aimed at teaching would-be entrepreneurs the basics of starting a business. The Seattle, Wash.-based nonprofit has sponsored more than 400 events in 100 countries.

The Lancaster event takes place Friday through Sunday at Hackman Physical Sciences building at Franklin & Marshall College. Following initial pitches Friday, teams will form to work the best ideas into final presentations for judges on Sunday.

Registration costs $99 for the weekend, $49 for students with ID, according to the event website. More than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

The event is a great way to meet like-minded people, learn from coaches and hone skills, Hettinger said.

“It can be overwhelming, but it’s really exciting and fun,” she said.

Local and state sponsors include Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, Startup Pennsylvania, Lancaster-based firms Listrak and Web Talent Marketing and the Candy Factory, a Lancaster co-working venue.


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