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N.J. Startup Weekend aims to help entrepreneurs launch their companies

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What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement, might have answer – and it’s coming to New Jersey.

The movement, beginning March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at JuiceTank in Somerset, aims to push entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups in the right direction for success, the company announced on its website. Nearly 100 entrepreneurs from around the region will launch companies during the course of the weekend.

The event follows a basic model that every Startup Weekend adheres to: people pitch their startup ideas and receive feedback from their peers, the company said.  Then, teams form around the top ideas and from there it’s “a 54 hour frenzy” of business model creation.

“…Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups,” the company states on their website.

This year, the keynote speaker isAudible.com’s Louis Gagnon, chief production officer and chief marketing officer and on Saturday Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula (D-Somerset) will speak as well.

Startup Weekend is a nonprofit organization that has held events in more than 200 cities worldwide.

To register or learn about the event, go to http://newjersey.startupweekend.org/

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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