Concept To Company in 54 Hours: What Will You Do Next Weekend?

Imagine that you have 54 hours and full access to host of new potential co-founders, designers, developers, marketers and product managers to do one thing – and one...

An honorable mention was awarded to Dumpster Dating, a mobile app to help college students locate items that people are ready to trash because “It’s not dumpster diving if you have a date.”

There was a three-way tie for second place among Field Flag, a mobile GPS data collection app; Wanderful – an augmented reality mobile application that helps users explore historic destinations; and PhotoSlam, a gamified photo-sharing app that lets people participate in interactive photo challenges.

The first-place winner of Triangle Startup Weekend aims to capitalize on a quickly growing trend in the food service industry — food trucks.  In 2011, the mobile food industry in the US was estimated at $630 million. Adventurous foodies are quickly making their gourmet specialties available to the masses. Truxie, the events’ grand prize winner, developed a mobile app to help make finding, ordering and paying your beloved food truck fun and easy.

Startup Weekend is Over – Now What?

Every entrepreneur that walks out of Startup Weekend is a winner (literally) – often times walking away with invaluable connections and valuable data points (mistakes) to help facilitate their next steps.

But the key is to take what they’ve learned and build on the momentum of a challenging and inspiring weekend. “There are two critical next steps,” according to Arik Abel, local organizer of Triangle Startup Weekend.

“Keep getting feedback and utilize it to make your idea better. Also, it’s important (for entrepreneurs) to stay connected with the people they’ve met … those conversations can potentially influence future decisions,” says Abel. “Keep listening to people, keep looking for inspiration and don’t lose sight of what you really believe in.”

Find an upcoming event near you and learn more at startupweekend.org.

Triangle Startup Weekend local sponsors included Red Hat, PointClick Technologies, UserVoice, Bandwith, NCSU Technology Incubator, SmartOnline, O3, Grassroutes Networking, AgileZen, and Atlantic BT.  Global sponsors consist of The Kauffman Foundation, Google, .CO, Microsoft BizSpark, Startup Labs, OpenTok, CloudMine, and SendGrid.

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