Cincinnati: InOneWeekend 8/28 – 8/30

Is there something in Cincinnati that annoys you? Do you feel that you might have the solution to one of the perpetual problems facing city life in the Queen City? If so, then you should get involved with InOneWeekend.

InOneWeekend was founded to “help entrepreneurs experience the startup life in one weekend.” From there potential entrepreneurs can decide if the startup life is something they want to pursue further before taking that proverbial leap. The weekend’s are fast-paced, uptempo events that bring talented individuals together in communities around the world. In Cincinnati that event will be taking place one again this weekend on the University of Cincinnati’s main campus.

InOneWeekend is able to accomplish such a bold endeavor by leveraging support from their non-profit foundation, local chapter, volunteers and local development organizations. InOneWeekend also receives “vital” financial support from a variety of sources that is used to help make the expertise and ideas from local minds happen in one weekend.

On Friday, August 28, InOneWeekend will host their keynote speech (free/open to public) at UC’s Tangeman University Center from 2:30pm to 5pm. The speaker will be Ali Rowghani from Disney/PIXAR. From there the 100 participants selected to participate will brainstorm over 300 ideas with Jeff Stamp of Bold Thinking and vote on the concept they will push forward over the weekend. Then on Saturday the 100 participants will build the product and write the business plan and investor presentation. On Sunday those same participants will launch the new company and call it a weekend.

If you want to be one of the 100 participants and share your ideas and expertise in launching a new company, then please register in advance. Want to know more? Listen to Elizabeth Edwards from Cincinnati Innovates discuss InOneWeekend and what innovation is all about in Cincinnati on Explore Cincinnati.

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By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.