Next month the Club is hosting their signature event for students across campus. In its 6th year, Reboot Startup Weekend is a unique business competition that gives students the chance to try an revive real orphan technologies developed at UBC.
Orphan technologies are ideas, technologies or products that have been abandoned by their developer so that for some reason, they can not make it to the market. The aim of the competition is to revive those technologies by finding ways to bring them into market (by repositioning, retargeting, resegmenting or even changing the usage/technology of the product).
Students have 48 hours over the course of one weekend to learn about one of these orphan technologies, develop a comprehensive business model and pitch their plan to a panel of judges. The participants will receive coaching and mentoring from local entrepreneurs and MBA alumni before presenting in front of the judges. The top three teams will receive awards.
“This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than last year.” Nilay says enthusiastically. “We have more mentors, more sponsors and more participants. The one thing we need is students to take part and to throw themselves into the experience. You don’t have to be studying business or even want to be an entrepreneur to join us, just want to problem solve and learn.”
Mustafa nods agreement. “There is a cash prize for top three teams but honestly the coolest things about last years Reboot was that the winning technology was picked up and will hopefully find it’s way to market. I’d love to see some of the ideas that participants come up with this year, finding similar success.”
The coolest thing about last years Reboot was that the winning technology was picked up and will hopefully find it’s way to market. I’d love to see some of the ideas that participants come up with this year, finding similar success.”
Reboot Startup Weekend will take place on Friday, November 16th to Sunday, November 18th, 2018. In order to participate, contact Nilay Yuce (firstname.lastname@example.org)