Articles on Startup Weekend Fashion Innovation 2013
November 4, 2013
Starting up Innovations
Startup Weekend San Diego Fashion Innovations was a 3-day event to educate prospective entrepreneurs on how to launch a new business. Attendees were able to pitch an idea, form a team and turn it into a business. This event was organized by Carol Wafer and Ian Miller and began with several speakers. Shikhir Singh was there from Blackberry and said that the team with the best BlackBerry app would each receive a Limited Edition Red BlackBerry Z10 phone. Nikhil Jain, vice president of technology at Qualcomm Technologies was on hand to demonstrate the Qualcomm Toq Smart Watch. The smart watch has a wireless charging system. Jullan Bryant was moderator of this 54-hour event.
The keynote speaker was Jeanie Haddox who is in charge of the Specialty Leasing Program at The Headquarters at Seaport District. Haddox talked about all the new opportunities for entrepreneurs that will be opening up beginning with the property’s grand opening on Nov. 18. Haddox spoke about trends in social media and businesses.
(FROM: http://sandiegodowntownnews.com/fashion-files-4/ )
September 29, 2013
First Place at First Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs join hands with developers to find out if a startup idea is viable. In 54 hours, developers, designers, marketers, product mangers, and startup enthusiasts come together to set a vision, build products, and launch a mini startup. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
The September 2013 Startup Weekend was themed Fashion Innovations. Coming to this event at first, I only expected to create some mock-up websites and mobile applications like at any other hackathons. Within only 2 hours into the event, though, I met incredible individuals and was unexpectedly drawn into this whole entrepreneurship thing… We preserved through the weekend and scored First Place! It was definitely one of the most exciting and productive weekends where I got to connect with and learn from an incredible group of people.
Friday Open Mic Pitches: Team Formation
Dragged by my friends Cathy (Business) and Phoebe (Tech), I reluctantly joined them on the weekend of September 27th – 29th at Broadway Downtown San Diego. Since I did not not start my Business classes at the time, I had very little interest and confidence in contributing to a working business model. I just came to the event without any business idea, hoping to be recruited by some other teams.
After getting our name badges, my friends and I joined the other attendees and listened to their stories. Bryndon, a savvy business student from San Diego, happened to be in our circle. After some casual introductions, he asked me to evaluate his practice pitch of an idea he had in mind. Surprised by the fact that we did not have a single business idea, Bryndon challenged us to come up with one. Cathy, Phoebe, and I then pitched him an idea just for a sake of keeping the conversation going. Little did we know he would abandon his original pitch and ask to join us in developing this project…
The event coordinator then started a fun activity to help us prepare for the open-mic pitching session. He asked the crowd to shout out random nouns and adjectives and wrote them on the board. An arbitrary combination of these words would become a company name. He then separated us into different groups and had all the members randomly point to a single person in their circle. The selected one had to pick a company name and he/she would be the pitcher of the “company”. I happened to be the selected pitcher of our “company” called Hairy Octopus… The group members had to help me brainstorm and prepare for the practice pitch.
This was one of the defining moments of the entire weekend because I had a chance to connect with Jason Aplin, a key member of our to-be-formed group. Coming from a marketing background, Jason proposed to make Hairy Octopus a hair-dye company. We went along with his idea; I pitched and we gave the crowd a good laugh. That was when I knew Jason would bring a lot to the table because he could turn something so random and trivial to a really good idea!
Practice round over; the real pitching came. Nervous, Cathy and I went up and proposed an idea called Swap.me, a website that would allow UCSD students to trade relatively in-good-condition clothes. We both knew buying clothes could be very costly, especially when you had tuition and a few other thousands things to pay for. Our mission statement was to constantly keep fashion new and affordable for college students. The project would need a solid business model and a functional website. After the open-mic pitching session, we would have our idea evaluated by attendees who had not yet had an idea and/or team. These attendees would then pick which group they wanted to merge into. Alex and Liz, two Computer Science upperclassmen from UCSD, joined our team immediately after. They were exceptionally talented and I knew they would bring a lot to our technical side.
Eddy, a veteran entrepreneur from Miami and founder of Mainloop LLC, completed our team formation. His experience in commercial mobile applications would tremendously backup our business model. Eddy actually was one of the pitchers during the open-mic session, but he too, decided to join our team! Having a good mix of people with business and tech background, we proceeded to brainstorming and dividing the work load.
Saturday: Let’s Talk Tech & Business
We split the work according to our expertise: Bryndon and Cathy worked on a solid business model and a monetizing mechanism; Eddy was in charge of making an iOS app that would display the items to be swapped on our website; Alex and Liz made a Blackberry version of that app since we also wanted to win the limited Blackberry Z10 phones; and Phoebe made a mock-up website. I did not have a specialization, so I would help with the business plan, then switched to building website using my experience in a hobbyist environment, and occasionally bugged Eddy to help him with the iOS app.
Later that morning, we realized a lot of holes in our business model: we couldn’t find a way to monetize. College students definitely would not want to pay a royalty fee for our service. Then, somehow the idea of “thrift shop” came up in our discussion… We immediately thought of another wild model: a mobile thrift shopping system. The name GoThriftGo replaced Swap.me and a new model was born. GoThriftGo was intended to be a truck that would roll to college campuses, buy unwanted clothes from students for cash, wash the purchased clothes, and resell them to other students. We agreed that the quality of clothing articles would be fairly good since students were most likely to only bring their finer clothes to college. GoThriftGo would give students the opportunity to swap out their fashion statement at a really inexpensive price.
In the afternoon, successful entrepreneurs, a.k.a coaches, came and offered their experience and guidance to the teams. That was when I learned that Jason Aplin was one of them. CEO and founder of Tildeworks, a marketing startup based in San Diego, Jason provided us with extremely valuable business advice. He shared with us about his college days at Berkeley, past business successes and hold-backs, and his personal, interesting thoughts on life. We were all blown away by his intelligence and philosophy.
We ended the day with a working business model, a functional mock-up website, and application prototypes. They were the result of several hours of frustration and team conflicts, but really pulled through!
Sunday: Customer Validation & Demo
We had a working business model, but the judges would not take our words for it. The obvious approach was to interview several college students and evaluate their interest. We first headed back to UCSD and stopped every single student we found. We had a mixed poll of opinions; some students were really excited to swap our their clothes, others did not buy the idea of thrift shopping, but they were willing to give it a try. We video recorded the ones that were really excited about our business model.
Since it was the beginning of the school year at UCSD at the time, the majority of the student body went to La Jolla shores for Meet the Beach, our annual all-campus beach day. We then marched to La Jolla shores in jeans and shirts, trying to talk to students. Some people even expressed their interest in employment! I never went to the beach in jeans or had to stop people to start a conversation before, so the experience was quite thrilling. Nevertheless, we acquired some interesting customer validations that we could use during our presentation in a few hours.
It was our turn to present. We tried to present our business model within only a few minutes. There was a Q&A session where most of the judges were not sure if we were serious about our idea… They asked if we would actually carry on this model after the weekend.
When our team was announced first place winner, I was really surprised. It was just way out of my expectation for this event! We started with a very trivial and seemingly silly idea, but we really turned it into something credible and possibly profitable. The whole experience just taught me a lot of things: I once again confirm that there are a lot of things to learn beside coding computer screen(s) to be successful! I had a chance to be friend with ones of the most talented people, made some great connections, and had a tons of fun.
(FROM: http://www.lvtran.com/startup/ )
September 28, 2013
Startup Weekend Fashion Innovations in San Diego
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by indus… http://sandiego.eventful.com/events/startup-weekend-fashion-innovations-/E0-001-060658154-4?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=events&SREF=FBEvent
(FROM: http://www.nearify.com/events/6323662236701113149470 )
Startup Weekend Fashion and Design Innovations
- September 27, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Startup Weekend is an event that puts business and technology people in a room to produce new businesses and products in just 54 hours. The event is set for Sept. 27-29 in downtown San Diego. It will be Startup Weekend’s FIRST Fashion and Design Innovation event.
This event is designed to spawn new ideas, products and companies that will someday disrupt the fashion industry to make it more efficient, accessible and productive.
Startup Weekend Fashion Innovations is a 54-hour, hands-on experience in which aspiring entrepreneurs will compete and find out if their business idea is viable. This event is focused on design innovations within the fashion industry as per Google Glass, Pebble watch, 3D printed accessories, algorithmic fashion trend analysis, Pinterest, spandex and schoodie (the hooded scarf), etc. and will be held simultaneously with Fashion Startup Weekends in Paris, Milan, London and New York. Learn customer development and lean methodology techniques to turn your business idea into reality in one intensely fun weekend.
The registration price is $99. The price of registration includes all meals and snacks for the weekend plus some great opportunities to connect to investors, product specialists and other entrepreneurs. 10$ off promo code: fashion10
So if you are an entrepreneur, developer or designer register to get your spot! You chose what “business” you want to be a part of and ANYONE can pitch an idea, whether people chose your idea is up to them. But you can be sure that you will have a startup by the end of a weekend!
You can learn more and register for your ticket at http://sandiego.startupweekend.org/
(FROM: http://www.meetup.com/dashmash/events/139131312/ )
Startup Weekend are events that happen all over the world. This weekend, Startup Weekend is doing its event in San Diego and the very first Fashion Startup Weekend! Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Who should go: Have an idea for a business, need a partner for your business, want to get involved on a startup idea, want to hear business ideas and pitches, are a technical person looking to partner with a marketing person or vice versa.
If you just want to participate/listen to the business pitches and/or the final presentations with leading judges in the industry, these tickets at $10-$15. Tickets for the weekend are $50 for students & $75 for nonstudents.
Fashion Innovations Startup Weekend San Diego
Promo code for 25% off: fashion24
Where: 501 W. Broadway, #1300, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday September 27, 2013 – Sunday September 29, 2013 (see schedule below to pick & choose events)
(FROM: http://nubry.com/2013/09/startup-weekend-fashion-innovations-launches-in-san-diego/ )
September 13, 2013
Startup Weekend Fashion Innovation
Hello San Diego JSers,
There is an upcoming event that you are all invited to participate in, Startup Weekend Fashion Innovation which will be held down town Sept. 27th through 29th. The event is designed to be a competition to create the business with the most potential to disrupt the fashion industry.
StartupWeekend is a 54-hour, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can learn and employ new methods for developing businesses from scratch. Teams will present their businesses to a panel of judges and compete for prizes that will help their newly-formed businesses get to the next level.
StartupWeekend, powered by The Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation for entrepreneurship, has been featured in Forbes magazine as a “Name You Need to Know” and has been featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine. Last year, StartupWeekend held 500+ events in more than 110 countries around the world and this year StartupWeekend is planning 800+ events.
Since this is the first ever Fashion-focused StartupWeekend event in San Diego, the group is excited to see what innovations the participants will create. Recent fashion innovations that inspire the competition include Google Glass, 3D-printed shoes and Cheetah prosthetic legs.
Registration is now open and the price of a ticket includes access to top-notch mentors, all meals throughout the weekend and business cards provided by moo.com. Participation is limited to only 60 participants so be sure to register early at http://sandiego.start….
THIS JUST IN – Student discounts are now available to all participants, simply enter the discount code “fashion50” when registering. We’ve also just activated the spectator ticket for $10 which allows someone access to the presentations on Sunday. You can still use the “fashion10” code on that if you want to give someone a free ticket. Hope to see you there!
(FROM: http://www.meetup.com/sandiegojs/messages/boards/thread/37938032 )
September 9, 2013
The best fall fashion events
From Oscar de la Renta for a cause, to San Diego’s very own Fashion Week
Startup Weekend – Fashion: Sept. 27-29
Do you have an idea for the next big breakthrough in fashion? Join fellow style-centric entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend, a three-day event dedicated to innovations in the fashion industry. It’s a place for sharing ideas, forming teams and building brands. Startup Weekend is worldwide, and S.D. welcomes the first fashion-focused summit. $99
501 W. Broadway #1300, sandiego.startupweekend.org
(FROM: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Sep/09/fall-fashion-events/#&panel1-4 )
September 9, 2013
Best Fall Fashion Events
Startup Weekend Fashion Innovations: Sept. 27-29
Do you have an idea for the next big breakthrough in fashion? Join fellow style-centric entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend, a three-day event dedicated to innovations in the fashion industry. It’s a place for sharing ideas, forming teams and building brands. Startup Weekend is worldwide, and San Diego will play host to the first fashion-focused summit. $99
(FROM: http://www.discoversd.com/news/2013/Sep/09/best-fall-fashion-events/ )
September 7, 2013
Startup weekend Fashion Innovations
September 6, 2013
Startup weekend Fashion Innovations
Ian Miller asked me to pass this along:
Startup Weekend Fashion Innovations
September 27-29: Startup Weekend
Join other fashion entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend. A weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their ideas are viable. This year the event is dedicated to innovations in the fashion industry. Startup Weekend is a place for sharing ideas, forming teams and building brands.
Register here: sandiego.startupweekend.org
(FROM: http://www.unikapparel.com/category/upcoming-events/ )