In honor of Redskins training camp frenzy, we are hosting our own set of 54 hour mental drills at Startup Weekend (#rvasw).
Last night the big show started with coach Shawn Bowyer, founder of Snagajob, sharing candid truth about StartUp life. "After maxing out every credit card, friends and family contributions and my own parent's savings, success or failure was a lot more than just a personal issue. If you are committed to a startup life it is a family affair no matter what you think!".
Indeed, finding and pursuing your next big idea can be a serious challenge and exhilarating thrill ride. Shawn also shared the importance of team beyond friends and family, "A UX designer, developer and good product lead seem to be the best way to go" along with the classic advice "if you are not embarrassed by version 1 then you spent to long developing your idea!". Now that is excellent coaching worthy of a championship run and with those insights over 40 brave souls stood up and pitched. 60 seconds to inspire votes and attract team interest!
And now our mentors and surviving teams are rocking the final 40 hours! So forget two-a-days ...this training camp is prepping its participants for more than a season, it is sparking the possibility of a lifetime of innovation!
Your friends at StartRVA know exciting stuff sometimes happens outside of our fine city that you want to know about. The Ballston Innovation Initiative is throwing a technology throw down featuring the nation's top security officials! Intrigued? Check out the details and jump in at http://www.ballstoni2.com/#!about1/c1qu0
Hurry, the fun kicks off on June 15th!
by: Larkin Garbee
Are you working on a side project, startup, or building your portfolio? Do you want to meet other like minded people and be motivated by fellow makers, creatives, and innovators?
You don't have to be at 804RVA every single day to get the benefits - in fact, you can start coming after hours!
Every Thursday after 6pm, 804RVA Night Owls is a fun & productive member-run working session for people that have full time jobs but want to work on a side project...as well as students and people who just prefer working after dark!
Night Owls is included with any 804RVA membership, every Thursday, (including our $25/month basic membership). Yep, you can work at 804RVA 4 evenings a month for as little as $25 - plus you're plugged into the entire 804RVA community for discussions & events outside of Night Owls.
If you're already an 804RVA member, just drop by. If you're not a member yet, sign up for a free pass and tour so we can help you get started! We'll be coworking from 6pm until midnight! Read to become a member?-- click HERE. To view our meetup page and see who is coming, click on the night owl pictured below:
by: Larkin Garbee (last updated 4/10/15)
By: Todd Nuckols
If you have not seen this unique event with our friends from Startup VA and Aneesh Chopra then head to Events & Meetups at 804RVA.com today. We just opened up 20 new spots to this previously sold out event. If you were sad you were going to miss the fun now is your chance to be happy once again!
by: Todd Nuckols
The Fall Fiesta for entrepreneurs delivered some heartfelt insight from growing success Intelliject (http://www.intelliject.com/), fancy sales eye candy from NimblePitch (http://www.nimblepitch.com/) and a way for you to make a little coin using your social influence from still in private beta Refersal (http://www.refersal.com/). I can't wait to find out who will join us at the winter party!
But the really BIG announcement was the official joining of StartRVA and 804RVA into one big happy family. So for all you 804RVA fans we are hoping our friends at StartRVA will come on over and help us create on of the largest, wolf-shirt-iest, creative, innovative and startup-happy communities on the planet! Look for lots more news, fun and information about this partnership right here in the future.
A special thank you to SpeakEasy for dropping some cool survey tech on the house and all of our generous sponsors: Dominion Digital, RichTech, Startup Weekend RVA, 804RVA and GroundWorkDesign. Without them we would all have to pay - decidedly not as fun. Until next time innovation fans...
by: Todd Nuckols
Just a few days away from the fall's finest entrepreneur party at the Science Museum of Virginia! With over 60 friends already planning on attending you are sure to find someone to meet and learn from at this largely social, occasionally informative event.
In support of GrowRVA at SMV we will be the beneficiaries of a food truck court before our event starting at 5:00 pm (on your own for that part). Then the big show begins right off the main entry hall to the left for our fiesta starting at 7:00 pm! Add in Intelliject coolness and a couple of 5 minute quick pitches and you have the ingredients for one fun, free night! So come celebrate the spirit of innovation in RVA with StartRVA by visiting 804RVA meetups or StartRVA to secure your spot at this limited space event. (That's a lot of RVAs)
Special thanks to our lead sponsor Dominion Digital and our good friends at RichTech, Startup Weekend and 804RVA for sponsoring all the fun!
See you Tuesday night, November 13th!
by: Todd Nuckols
RVA and greater VA are going startup happy with two new awesome opportunities to build your high energy, high growth, tech startup story to the next big thing! Interested much? Then read on...
$10,000 big ones are on the line, along with free space and expertise from the Dominion Resources Innovation Center for your aspiring high growth, tech startups! Tech Challenge Hanover (that's near Ashland for all you crazy downtown kids) has an open application process ready to reward you. But hurry, you only have until November 1st to rock this challenge! Apply now @ http://dominnovation.com/ and make sure to tell them 804RVA sent you.
Getting serious about building your tech startup passion into a living, breathing story of awesomeness? Then you need the expert help and shared startup living offered this winter just blocks from VA Beach. Yes, you will be packing up for the winter, but you will also be learning, building, growing and talking with people who can help you reach your dreams! Get all the information and apply by November 16th at www.hatchnorfolk.com. Special love to all those who mention 804RVA gave you the insider's tip on this great opportunity!
by: Todd Nuckols
How about a few treats (no tricks) for your October! Check out all the excitement around the region to get you motivated and moving as a starter, hacker, designer .... well whatever you are!
Plug into 804RVA @ (http://www.804rva.com/classes--events.html) . Your premiere community for co-working offers many special opportunities to connect with community. In fact, 804RVA turns 1 this Wednesday, October 3, so stop in for cake and join Jelly Day
Good grief developers – even more opportunity for you to connect at Richmond Code Camp, October 6. Details @ http://richmondcodecamp.org/.
StartRVA (www.meetup.com/StartRVA) is currently recruiting developers and designers Hack4EDU where cash is on the table for 24 hours of your best creative thinking and application development around Department of Education Data. Details @ http://www.apps4va.org/hackathons.html. Takes place October 19-20.
InnoVA Partners is bringing a great education program to help you develop a 36 month strategic plan for your business. Not just a startup plan this curriculum is produced by the Kauffman Foundation with proven business building techniques. If you need a 3 year plan for your business you need to definitely get the details @ http://www.richmondventureforum.com/events?eventId=559494&EventViewMode=EventDetails.
And at the end of October, join the Richmond Venture Forum to celebrate RVA’s Companies to Watch. Happening at the Hippodrom on October 24th, check it out @ http://www.richmondventureforum.com/events?eventId=548359&EventViewMode=EventDetails.
Looking for another 54 hours of madness?! Head out to Charlottesville, the birthplace of our own Startup Weekend leadership team, to make progress on your next big idea or be a help to others. Kicks off Friday October 26th with all the information you need to know at http://charlottesville.startupweekend.org/.
StartRVA and 804RVA also have something BIG brewing for Tuesday, November 13th so save that evening on your calendar and be on the lookout for details regarding that event and maybe a few other October surprises on this same “bat channel” dedicated to helping you build your business, hone your skills, launch your next great idea and help others just like you!
by: Larkin Garbee
What happens when you fill a building with 120 of the best designers, developers, marketers and entrepreneurs our city has to offer for 54 hours? Well, it's called Startup Weekend. We have a venue, tickets are on sale, and Richmond is getting ready to experience its first ever 3 day startup event.
So, what is Startup Weekend and how does it work? Startup Weekend is a nonprofit organization that is based out of Seattle, Washington. It starts on Friday night and involves 3 days of some of the best team building and brainstorming you will ever experience. Anyone that attends the event can pitch an idea, but keep your idea short and sweet, because you only have 1 minute to entice others to vote for your concept as one of the projects for the weekend. If you don't have an idea to pitch, no worries! The top 10-12 ideas will be voted on by the 120 attendees and then each person will get to choose which of these projects they want to spend their weekend hacking away on or brainstorming. After pitch night, each person self selects their project and then it is on to an exciting weekend of collaborating, writing business plans, building apps or websites, defining the market and creating a 5 minute pitch. Throughout the weekend, 20 experienced tech and startup leaders are on hand to answer questions and help the teams as their pivot their ideas from a fleeting thought to a full fledged business plan. On Sunday night, a panel of judges comprised of investors and business leaders listen to the pitches and respond with a five minute question and answer session.
So, if spending a weekend filled with a room full of startup fanatics, designers, developers and marketers sounds like fun to you, sign up before all the seats are filled! There are only a limited number of tickets available for each category and early bird tickets are on sale now. If you have never attended a startup weekend event, beware-- you might get addicted. The event will be held in the CRT/Tanaka building in Manchester (across the street from the Corrugate Box building!)
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