Today, Startup Weekend announced a two-year partnership with Google designed to foster startup communities around the world. Google is supporting Startup Weekend through a global sponsorship, which will not only allow for the expansion of current operations, but also enable the global roll-out of pre-Startup Weekend Google developer workshops and vertical specific initiatives in areas such as education and health.
Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend, says the partnership with Google is “giving us a unique opportunity to create new opportunities for early stage entrepreneurs in communities around the world that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do. Who better to have as our first Global Partner helping us lead the revolution in entrepreneurial education?”
The initial partnership roll-out will begin in cities with active Google developer communities in the form of GoogleTechnologyUserGroups (GTUGs) and existing Startup Weekend communities. The pre-Startup Weekend GTUG workshops will help develop the technical skills of ambitious entreprenuers so that they may quickly and successfully implement those skills just days later on real startup projects at Startup Weekend events. Workshops are already scheduled in Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, and Dallas, and internationally in London, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo. Cities around the world will be added over the coming months. Startup Weekend and GTUG leaders in other cities are encouraged to contact Startup Weekend (contact information listed below) to develop pre-event workshop opportunities through this partnership.
Mary Himinkool, Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach at Google, says, “We’re passionate about promoting entrepreneurship globally and in local communities. This partnership with Startup Weekend will help to expand the footprint to more cities and help support the 200 cities in which Startup Weekend is already active. We hope to help empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build startups and ultimately realize their dreams.”