Tin Ho, the 2016 UMKC Student Entrepreneur of the Year, continues to make great strides in his entrepreneurial journey as he led his team to win 1st Place and Crowd Favorite at Startup Weekend 2017.
Startup Weekend is an event where participants have a weekend to concept a new startup. In 54 hours, startup weekenders immerse in the fast-paced and high-pressure, yet fun and rewarding, experience of entrepreneurship.
“I thought starting and trying to finish a class project 3 days before it’s due is intense, but it can’t possibly compare to the nerve-wracking 3 days of Startup Weekend,” Ho said. “Starting a business from scratch is already extremely hard, and we had to pack it into 54 hours.”
What was your first impression of your first Startup Weekend?
At the beginning, I felt a little out of place because I was the only non-technical person in my team; everyone else was either an electrical engineer, a software developer, a user experience designer, or, you’d never guess it, a molecular biologist.
Since our team members had such diverse backgrounds, we had a hard time defining the one idea we all wanted to work on. Despite heated discussions, we left the first day without knowing what we were going to build over the next two days.
When the team came back the next day, I proposed we use the Business Model Canvas to systematically collect everyone’s thoughts and pinpoint the idea to pursue over the weekend. With a clear structure to guide our discussion, we were finally able to define our weekend project.