Local residents host ‘Startup Weekends’ around the Triad

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Justin Streuli’s advice is simple.

“You've got to be about the action,” he’ll tell you.

Streuli and his colleague, Sam Funchess, put on two, “Startup Weekends,” around the Triad, each year, through the Nussbaum Center in Greensboro.

Real businesses, like Helping Other People Eat and Email Grouper have come out of previous renditions of it. But it isn’t easy. You get a minute to make your initial business pitch on a Friday night and, if your idea is chose, you have a weekend to put together your final pitch on Sunday evening.

“It's kind of intimidating to think of trying to do something so quick,” says Streuli. “But you'll be very surprised with how much you can get done in a single weekend when you're motivated and when you're led by some expert coaches like we're going to have, here.”

Funchess says for the more experienced entrepreneurs, it shouldn’t be too tough.

“Thirty seconds to pitch your idea is plenty of time, if you are focused and articulate well,” he says.

They get dozens of people pitching ideas … but only one can win. Could it be yours?

“If you don't give it a shot,” says Funchess, “you're never going to get there.”

See how it all works in this edition of the Buckley Report.

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