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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- After months of preparation and build up, Startup Weekend is ready for it's first event in Little Rock at the Clinton School of Public Service from Friday April 5 to Sunday April 7.

Little Rock Startup Weekend will be the first of it's kind in the community: bringing together entrepreneurial programmers, designers and business creatives from around Arkansas to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies in 54 hours.

Organizers and Little Rock natives Jordan Carlisle and Max Farrell have attended several Startup Weekend events across the country and have first-hand experience of the entrepreneurial spark that the event can create in communities.

"This is our chance to give back to our hometown and serve as a catalyst for the growing startup and entrepreneurial scene around the state of Arkansas," Carlisle said.

Startup Weekend will feature mentors and judges from across the state with expertise in fields such as programming, design, marketing, branding, venture capital, legal, and business development. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes and in-kind consultation are up for grabs for winning teams to start building their businesses.

The event begins Friday night with open idea pitches, which leads to a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Final pitches are open to the public on Sunday at 5pm at the Clinton School for Public Service.

A limited number of tickets are available for interested participants. Please go to littlerock.startupweekend.org for details or contact Max at littlerock@startupweekend.orgor (501)231-5554 with any questions.

More details can be found in the Arkansas Business article below:
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/91130/startup-weekend-makes-arkansas-debut-on-april-5

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