On January 16th to 18th entrepreneurs and educators will gather at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University to develop ideas for Education businesses at Thailand’s first Startup Weekend Education event.
Tokyo and Singapore previously held education themed events in late 2014 and the Bangkok event will be the first international education event for the Startup Weekend organization in 2015. Startup Weekend events have been held in over 600 cities and over 100 countries since the non-profit organization started in the United States in 2007. The 54 hour weekend event will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to find like minded people and work with them on ideas to improve education. The organizers of Startup Weekend Education are looking to improve on the current state of education by helping entrepreneurs to bring ideas to fruition and potentially create businesses that can promote positive educational outcomes in Thailand as well as internationally.
Startup Weekend Education will allow attendees to develop their ideas and bring them into action with the guidance of coaches and mentors. The attendees will be enabled to find the right people with complimentary skills as well as passion and dedication to build a startup quickly and efficiently. Entrepreneurs will build ideas with and receive advice from experienced tech and education entrepreneurs and professionals and win prizes that will help them take the startup idea to the next level of execution to build sustainable, game-changing businesses.
Startup Weekend Education begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday, teams demonstrate their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges and investors.
The event is being organized by a team of volunteers and students with professional backgrounds in mobile and Internet technology, education, and entrepreneurship. According to lead organizer Mike Michalec, “Startup Weekend events can provide an empowering experience for those interested in entrepreneurship and startups in general, especially for those who have little or no entrepreneurship experience or access to the local startup ecosystem.”
Among the judges are local and international experts with extensive experience in creating and funding startups, managing social enterprise and technology companies, and education management. The six judges will include Google Thailand Country Head, Ariya Banomyong, Managing Director of Singapore based Expara IDM Ventures, Mr. Douglas Abrams, social impact expert and Managing Director of Thailand’s first sustainable business accelerator Sal Forest Co. Ltd., Ms. Pattraporn Dao Yamla-or, and The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Deputy Director Ms. Tinsiri Siribodhi. Thailand. Regional startup seed investors Koichi Saito of IMJ Investment Partners Pte. Ltd. and MSEED partnership director Saiyai Sakwaee will complete the judging panel.
Startup Weekend Education is sponsored locally by Education USA, with additional assistance from Pearson Education, EdTech Asia Ltd., The Sasin Institute of Business Administration and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership. International sponsorship for the event includes contribution from Google for Entrepreneurs, Amazon Web Services, Coca Cola and .co domain registry.
Startup Weekend Education will begin for registered participants at 6:00 pm on the 16th of January and conclude with team pitches on the 18th of January. The final startup team pitches and concluding presentation given by Tom Stader, Managing Director of The Library Project are free and open to the public beginning at 5:30 pm on January 18th with prior registration.
Lead Organizer – Mike Michalec, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Organizer – Chawit Roch, Chawit.email@example.com
Organizing Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
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