After working very late in to the night — there were reports of people still coding at 4am — the Dublin Startup Weekend (@swdub) is headed for the finish line. The 14 teams have the rest of the day before pitching their ideas to a panel of investors this evening.
I’ve got to say that the energy and enthusiasm was infectious. People came to the event Friday evening with little more than raw ideas, and already some very impressive products have been turned out.
It is also interesting to see how the teams are using social media to build buzz around their products. CareCopilot (@carecopilot), for example, has pushed itself out in to the medical ecosystem by tweeting news using hashtags such as #care, #health, etc. It’s a great way to get your name out there.
The event is also attracting media interest. The widely read, Irish website, Silicon Republic (@siliconireland), has been covering the event all weekend. The winners will certainly be identified, but a name check by the news site could go a long way towards opening doors for the baby businesses.
This evening’s events kick off at 5pm with a “gut check.” Teams start preparing for their presentations. They can also use that time to practice their pitches and get feedback.
Dinner is at 6pm, and then the final presentations start at 7. Of the 38 pitches made on the first night, just 14 made it through to the development stage. Those 14 go head to head tonight to see who gets the glory. The judging panel has four investors all well used to hearing pitches.
Picture of the Wedolution (@wedolution) team taken by myself.