Ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur? What are the professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 

The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, UpGlobal and the Imagine Space (a joint project of the U.S. Embassy and the Ottawa Public Library) are offering a Startup Weekend in Ottawa – June 13 – 15, 2014.

If you think you have what it takes, we invite you to apply for a spot at U.S. Embassy Ottawa-sponsored Startup Weekend! You can network with established mentors and other participants for a weekend-long workshop to pitch ideas, form teams and learn the business of starting a business.

This special event will bring together young, aspiring entrepreneurs from across Canada with American and Canadian mentors, with the goal of empowering them and giving them access to technical knowledge and resources that can help them launch their business ideas toward becoming viable commercial enterprises.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 800 events in 2013 in 100+ countries around the world. Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 300 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The Embassy will fund travel, accommodation and meals for participation at our Startup Weekend for selected nominees who are Canadian youths (no minors) with a strong interest in becoming an entrepreneur.

Want to know more? visit http://usembassyottawa.startupweekend.org/ 

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