Event Helps Entrepreneurs Build Basic Products

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.---Nearly 50 people participated in a weekend-long event for entrepreneurs to create basic products.

During Startup Weekend, participants asked customers if they wanted the product, created a plan and came up with ways to execute it.

The 54-hour long event that helped entrepreneurs network, develop new skills and use new tools.

Four groups presented their developed ideas to a panel of judges on Sunday night.

Andrew Evans, who worked with the group "Feed the Fire," came up with the idea of selling a candle with a special purpose.

"For every candle that's purchased we donate one more meal to those in need," said Evans.

The candle is made out of a tin container that once had food inside.

He said he came up with the idea but his team helped him make it even better.

"It gives you that extra energy. It really makes you stop thinking and start doing." said Evans.

Organizer Nick Such said it's a way to allow entrepreneurs to get their feet wet.

"They won't be able to get very far in just three days but usually that step is the hardest step," said Such.

Tim Peters, who is part of a group that developed an application called Easybid, said group members came far.

The app allows people to bid on live auctions without having to go to them.

"Someone wants to be an auction but they can't make it so we wanted to create a solution for that. I don't have the skills set to create that solution," said Peters.

Peters, who owns an auction company, came up with the idea. However, Peters said he could have not developed the app and come up with other ideas without his team.

"It's been a weekend of getting a good team together and just spending a lot of time working with each other and actually developing a product that we think we can use," said Peters.

Peters said it could benefit many people.

"It helps the seller, it helps the auction company because when the seller makes more money, the auction company makes more money and it helps bidders because they want to be at auctions but the can't be everywhere," said Peters.

The team who created Easybid won the event. A team that developed an app that helps students find events won second place.

This is the first year Startup weekend has taken place in Harrisonburg.

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