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Startup Weekend Part 2

PRESS RELEASE — Startup Weekend is on.

The three-day event for local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts launches at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

Startup Weekends are organized online and connect entrepreneurs with mentors and resources while empowering them to start their own businesses. They have taken place in 100 countries across the world.

Attendees will have the opportunity to form teams, develop ideas and create a business plan and prototype to present to a panel of judges, while also designing business plans to streamline their startup vision.

The first-place winner of the weekend will receive office space for up to three people at the Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The  business incubator is a partnership between the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Pensacola State College that provides entrepreneurs with reduced-cost office space and professional guidance, all within an environment conducive to spawning rapid growth.

The second- and third-place winners at Startup Weekend will receive access to the CIE’s Coworking Lab.

Judges for this year’s 54-hour event will include Mike Hicks, the chief executive officer of Hixardt Technologies, Inc.; Vernon Niven, the chief executive officer of NeedTagger, Inc.; Quint Studer, the founder of Studer Group, Inc.; Dean Parker, the chief executive officer of Callis; and Ross Overstreet, the chief technology officer and co-founder of Overgroup.

Sponsors for this year’s event include IHMC, the University of West Florida’s College of Business and School of Science and Engineering, and the Central Gulf Coast Private Investor Network.

For more information about the CIE, contact Kelly Reeser, Director of Entrepreneurial Development for the Greater Pensacola Chamber, at (850) 696-1314 or kreeser@pensacolachamber.com. For more information about Startup Weekend, contact Brad Nihls at brad.nihls@gmail.com or visithttp://pensacola.startupweekend.org.