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Sponsors flock to Startup Weekend Eindhoven.

04 OCTOBER 2011, EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
With barely a month to go, good news for the organizers of Startup Weekend Eindhoven: thanks to a number of sponsors, the target budget has almost been reached. High Tech Campus Eindhoven, EIT and the Municipality of Eindhoven give their reasons for supporting this creative weekend: to boost creativity and innovation, and to stimulate entrepreneurship and cross-fertilization with the creative industries.

Eindhoven, 3 October 2011. With barely a month to go, good news for the organizers of Startup Weekend Eindhoven: thanks to a number of sponsors, the target budget has almost been reached. High Tech Campus Eindhoven, EIT and the Municipality of Eindhoven give their reasons for supporting this creative weekend: to boost creativity and innovation, and to stimulate entrepreneurship and cross-fertilization with the creative industries.

High Tech Campus Eindhoven: Interchange of the smartest kilometre in the Netherlands

High Tech Campus Eindhoven reacted enthusiastically to the plan to organize another Startup Weekend. It gives the organization and participants the opportunity to establish contacts with the community of the smartest square kilometre in the Netherlands. And the Campus the opportunity to give a special boost to creativity and innovativeness in the Netherlands. High Tech Campus Eindhoven provides facilities, mentors, jury members, potential investors and participants for the event.

EIT ICT Labs: stimulating way for technical talent to get down to business

The Startup Weekend is also a logical choice for EIT ICT Labs. The weekend revolves around stimulating entrepreneurship, something that is highly valued by EIT ICT Labs. The 54 hours are a stimulating way to step over – perceived – barriers and to create a new mindset on entrepreneurship for students and researchers, with potentially a directly applicable result.

The Municipality of Eindhoven: international cross-fertilization with the creative industries

The connection with the creative industries in Eindhoven is of particular interest and the Startup Weekend therefore takes place during the final weekend of the Dutch Design Week.

Alderman Brink (of the Municipality of Eindhoven) pointed out that the cross-fertilization between these creative industries and other sectors is part of the council’s economic policy. Entrepreneurship, knowledge, innovation, technology and creativity benefit the future economy, both nationally and internationally. Financial contributions come from the ECCE Innovation project. 

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"High Tech Campus Eindhoven is synonymous with open innovation. Within just one square kilometre more than 8,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs work closely together on the technologies and products of the future. Companies on the Campus share a passion for developing useful products and innovative solutions that make life healthier, more enjoyable, easier and more interesting. High Tech Campus Eindhoven is the hotspot for people-centred innovation! " High Tech Campus Eindhoven
"EIT ICT Labs is focussed on accelerating innovation in ICT and with ICT, and creating a new generation of entrepreneurial students and researchers. EIT ICT Labs stimulates top talent to grow and to engage in entrepreneurship. EIT ICT Labs offers an inspirational network of European partners and co-location centres (innovation hotspots), and a range of programs, tools, instruments and facilities. " EIT ICT Labs
"Municipality of Eindhoven/ECCE (Economic Clusters of Cultural and Creative Enterprises) promotes and develops new markets for creative, artistic and cultural players in the market. The European project, started in 2009 and which will end in 2012, recognizes the creative sector as a dynamic and important player in the area of social and economic development. ECCE is aimed at the exchange of ideas, the sharing of expertise, the transfer of knowledge and the development of innovative networks and connections between the creative industries, higher education and research. " Municipality of Eindhoven/ECCE
"Startup Weekend is an intensive 54 hour event which aims to develop a high tech, design, web or mobile business idea into a prototype, marketing strategy or business case within the duration of the weekend. This weekend brings together a wide range of people with different, complementary skills – mostly technologists, designers, researchers, developers and entrepreneurs – who transform everyone into startups! Startup Weekend is an American non-profit organization which has within 3 years supported 170+ Startup Weekends across the world, brought 20,000 passionate entrepreneurs into contact with each other and facilitated as many as 720 new startups (with some of the startups making a turnover during the weekend itself). Examples of success stories are, amongst others, Twitpay, Memolane and Foodspotting. The motto of Startup Weekend is “build communities, start companies, no talk, all action”." Startup Weekend Eindhoven
Spokespeople
About Startupweekend Eindhoven

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on going from a high tech, design, web or mobile business idea into a prototype, market strategy or business case over the course of a weekend.

The weekend brings together people with different, complementary skillsets - primarily technological experts, designers, researchers, developers and business people – who turn ideas into startups!
More info: www.startupweekendeindhoven.nl. 

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