Harrisburg Startup Week – It’s Not Just a Festival, It’s a Movement

Harrisburg Startup Week – It’s Not Just a Festival, It’s a Movement

Recently I wrote about Startup Weekend which we’ll be holding on October 3rd through the 5th at Harrisburg University. Startup Week caps off a seven day tech festival of over 20 events spread across Dauphin and Cumberland counties.

So what exactly is Startup Week?

It began in 2013 as a small three-day festival focusing on entrepreneurship, startups, their founders and our ecosystem. Today, Harrisburg Startup Week is seven days and over 20 events celebrating Central Pennsylvania technology companies, the organizations that support them and the outstanding people that make it happen.

Harrisburg Startup Week runs from September 29th through August 5th.

This year, our tech community opens its doors, hosts events and rolls out the red carpet for both locals and visitors who are interested in learning more about the technology and startup scene in Central PA.

Our 2014 lineup is packed with daily events consisting of morning coffees, epic mentor office hours, a High School Pitch contest, technology conferences, technology meet-ups, open houses, happy hours, a Startup Movie Festival and Cocktail Party, a Technology Gala and a Startup Weekend where more than 100 entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs build a startup in weekend.

The week consists of five Keystone Events:

Building a Better ACO – September 29th, 2014 @ Hershey Medical Center – It’s a full-day event focused on the challenges faces by Accountable Care Organizations and how technology can help the ACO achieve its goals and objectives.

HYP Tech @ the Movies – September 30th, 2014 @ Midtown Cinema – It’s movie night with the Harrisburg Young Professionals and the Technology Council of Central PA. We’re screening a few startup movies and set about networking with technologists in Central PA.

Fish Tank – On October 1st, 2014 High School Seniors from around the Harrisburg Region will meet at Central Penn College to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The teams are vying for college scholarships and other amazing prizes.

The TCCP Gala, Tech Lounge – October 2nd A dress-to-impress networking event where we celebrate technology and the technologists of Central Pennsylvania. Join us for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres in the Tech Lounge, enjoy the music, reconnect with friends and colleagues and celebrate while we induct the inaugural class of technologists and tech companies into the Central PA Tech Hall of Fame.

Startup Weekend Harrisburg – On October 3rd through October 5th entrepreneurs, technologists and designers meet to build a company in a weekend, pitch their ideas to judges and win over $20,000 in products and services. We startup companies in a weekend.

We also have a number of other mini-events scheduled such as: Women In Technology, Branding Your Startup and Small Business, Funding Your Startup or Small Business and Introduction to StartupBox#Harrisburg and open houses across the region.

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