Startup Weekend’s challenge: Create a business in 54 hours


How’s this for an easy weekend project – start a business from scratch.

That’s the challenge for those willing to take it on at Southwest Florida Startup Weekend, taking place Oct. 6-8 at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces in San Carlos Park.

Startup Weekends are designed to be educational experiences for entrepreneurs. Starting Friday night, those taking part will have 54 hours to brainstorm an idea, develop a business plan and prototype, and pitch it to a panel of investors. Similar events have been held in 700 cities and 150 countries, according to TechStars, an entrepreneurship mentoring and venture capital organization.