As the startups face their final pitches, it is possible to forget what they have achieved in a short time. Startup Weekend, has a very high rate of success of startups working, almost 40% of the startups created at events like this continue to succeed, grow.
The mentors are there to make sure that they provide direct, immediate and effective criticism to a startups team. From the point of view of a startup it can be demoralizing, but if you take the criticism in the right way and not let yourself be put off you can turn those criticisms into a positive.
The main thing to remember is that the achievement of the weekend is already a success. If not the startup itself the fact that teams sat together, created and coded to build something that did not exist on Friday 2nd March.
As the teams all work feverishly to meet the deadlines of the organisers of Startup Weekend, and polish pitches to sell their dreams, that they have built, you can see the spirit of entrepreneurism at its best.
This is the spirit of Startup Weekend.
As the event comes to a close, we also would like to add that Silicon Ireland News, are organising Startup Weekend in Belfast on May 18th 2012. If you would like to take part, to create a startup or if you would like to come and talk to the aspiring entrepreneurs about your Dublin experience then please get in touch, we would love to have you.
Finally, we invite any startups to list their new startups at www.startupzone.ie, so that we can contact you after the event, and track your progress over the next year, and write editorial as you launch new products or services.
Thank you to everyone who spoke to us at the event, and thank you to Benoit and his team for putting together an amazing weekend. Well done.