CLEVELAND -- Building a successful business plan could take years. But a group of local entrepreneurs, designers and developers did it in just 54 hours.
They wanted to 'See the Possible' in growing businesses in Cleveland.
For one weekend (Mar. 8-10), unused retail space in the heart of downtown was transformed into a think tank. Startup Weekend Cleveland was an intense 3-day business building event.
"We had about 25 to 30 people come up and pitch their idea. We then broke those down and narrowed it to a smaller amount of ideas. People formed teams and worked on what we can they actually build this weekend," said Brian Adams, organizer.
Ideas covered the walls and even windows as the final nine teams refined their strategies before facing a panel of judges.
Successful business leaders were brought in as coaches to give guidance.
Even though a winner was named, the connections made are the biggest benefit for these future business owners.
"One of the things we are about most is building the community and bringing those smart people together and building networks across the community to further the entrepreneurial spirit right here in Cleveland," said Ryan Marimon, organizer.
The Startup weekend is a global grassroots movement to empower entrepreneurs.
This is the first time in three years that Cleveland has hosted an event like this.