UoG students organizing Google event on Saipan


A Google business startup event that has been held in over 150 countries around the globe will make its way for the first time to the CNMI early next month.

“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. “Many Startup Weekends have hosted participants regardless of their age or business experience. We welcome and encourage everyone to participate.”

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 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 a Friday evening when participants can make a 60-second pitch on their business ideas. On Saturday, the participants, aided by mentors and regional experts, form teams around the top ideas and spend the rest of the weekend developing and building their ideas. On Sunday evening, 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 will be held from Nov. 4 to 6 at Pacific Islands Club Saipan.

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. (PR)

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