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Start-up Event Aimed at Area Entrepreneurs

Aug 27, 2012

Kris Turner

Innovators and entrepreneurs looking to get their start in the Toledo area will have their chance to shine in September.

Toledo's first-ever "Startup Weekend" will challenge participants of all ages to come up with product ideas, develop an entrepreneurial concept, and commercialize it. The event, which runs from Sept. 14-16, will be at the University of Toledo.

Lindsey Danforth, an entrepreneur, said she heard about similar events across the country and world.

"We looked into it and realized this is a great idea and started bouncing the idea around with local entrepreneurs, and they said, 'This is fascinating and Toledo needs this,'" she said.

Ms. Danforth founded a company that specialized in Japanese imports and exports while living in Luxembourg in 2005.

The weekend will kick off with speeches from people who have successfully taken their ideas and implemented them in the business world, Ms. Danforth said. From there, the best ideas will be doled out and the participants will divide into groups.

That's when the work begins and mentors like Brandy Alexander-Wimberly will help coach the teams. Ms. Alexander-Wimberly developed Buyvite.com, a Web site that allows groups of people to make a collective purchase. She said the lessons learned in setting up the startup, which went live in May, will benefit the participants.

"What I can bring to the table is not only industry knowledge about the digital marking scene, but what it's like to conceive an idea and get funding to launch a startup in Toledo," she said.

To register, visit toledo.startupweekend.org. The cost is $50 for participants and $35 for students.



Source: (c)2012 The Blade (Toledo, Ohio). Distributed by MCT Information Services


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