Google business startup event seen this weekend

Saipan this weekend will host a Google business startup event that has been held in over 150 countries around the globe. It will be the first time the Google event has been held in the CNMI.

“We’re excited to bring this global event to the CNMI,” said event organizer Anthony R. Quenga, a graduate of University of Guam’s Professional Master of Business Administration program.

All participants are welcome to attend regardless of age or business experience.

Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is an event in which attendees pitch ideas, form teams, learn the entrepreneurial process and build companies in just 54 hours over the span of one weekend. To date, over 23,000 teams have been formed as part of the event and Startup Weekend has held close to 3,000 events worldwide.

Students from the UOG’s PMBA program are coordinating the event and calling on talent in the CNMI to meet on Saipan to turn their business ideas into reality.

“Guam is hosting its third startup weekend this year and our organizing team wished to expand this global opportunity into the region,” Quenga said.

The event starts on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6pm when participants arrive at the venue and get situated. Attendees throughout the evening until 9pm can network, meet local mentors, and have the option to make a 60-second pitch of their business ideas.

On Saturday from 9am to 10pm, the participants, aided by local mentors and regional experts, form teams around the top ideas and spend the rest of the weekend developing and building their ideas. 

On Sunday from 9am to 9pm, teams come together and pitch their newly launched company to a panel of judges.  Those who attend can take advantage of the opportunity to develop their startup business ideas and may be eligible for prizes.

The event is sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.co, Vimeo, Docomo Pacific, University of Guam, Bank of Guam, JMI-Edison, STAR 101, iHop, Keven Camacho, Pieology Pizzeria, Health Shack, Triple J Auto Group, Rotary Club of Saipan, and Rotary Club of Northern Guam.

Attendees are asked to bring a laptop to research business concepts and create presentations. If applicable, bring a student ID for registration.

Tickets can be purchased for the early bird price of $0.99 at the EventBrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-saipan-2016-ti.

For more information, contact Quenga at (671) 787-5856 or Maria Hernandez at (671) 482-8804. You can also visit the event webpage at: http://saipan-n-mariana-islands.up.co/events/10212!

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