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And the winner is... our guy in the Poznan Startup Weekend winning team!

54 hour no talk, all action Poznan Startup Weekend concluded on Sunday but the atmosphere of the event will stay in our hearts for a long time. The aim was simple - cross-disciplinary teams consisting of software developers, designers, entrepreneurs and tech passionates had one weekend to vitalize a new business, craft a viable application and convince the judges to their startup idea.

54 hour no talk, all action Poznan Startup Weekend concluded on Sunday but the atmosphere of the event will stay in our hearts for a long time. The aim was simple - cross-disciplinary teams consisting of software developers, designers, entrepreneurs and tech passionates had one weekend to vitalize a new business, craft a viable application and convince the judges to their startup idea.

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54 hour no talk, all action Poznan Startup Weekend concluded on Sunday but the atmosphere of the event will stay in our hearts for a long time. The aim was simple - cross-disciplinary teams consisting of software developers, designers, entrepreneurs and tech passionates had one weekend to vitalize a new business, craft a viable application and convince the judges to their startup idea.

The intense brainstorming and pitching session on the day one, has resulted in pulling together 14 amazing teams composed out of people of different nationalities, age and skill sets but only one goal - to launch a truly great app!

The main prize winner - Mark and Park - is a web and mobile platform that helps you to rent and find out unused available parking spaces. Those of you curious about Mark and Park actions, should follow the app fan page;) We’re really proud to say that Kamil, who happens to be a Netguru developer, was one of the people standing behind the project! Well done!

Below you’ll find his ‘on the beat’ sum up of the event:

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About the team: I was on two Startup Weekends already and this time I’ve decided to come and just have fun in building something during the event. I’ve decided to find the best team not the best idea because when you work with someone with whom you just have pleasure of working you can do much more than with someone who has a great idea but you can’t connect. I have also chosen the team because of the international crowd inside - Fernando from Spain, Parry from India, Lutz from Germany, Andrzej and Kuba from, well, Poland (I think we were the only whole-weekend-english-speaking team;).

About taking first steps: Beginning was the hardest part - we were talking about changing the idea till 1 AM, then decided to grab a beer at the city to loosen up the tension. I think this was the most important part of making a creative team from us and I will remember that clubbing night for a long time:). Of course we were arguing throughout the next day but with each visit and each question of our mentors our confidence that we are building something really great was growing. We finally decided to focus on the main idea at about 1 or 2 PM on Saturday. It was then when we started to really work on the application, landing page, business model and customers acquisition and of course the most crucial part of Startup Weekends - the presentation. A really valuable thing was collecting personal interviews with people on the streets - by speaking with them we’ve realised that it wouldn’t be just another useless app - people actually would like to use it.

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*About the best memories: *The best moment was …. I won’t be original, but the moment when they’ve announced the winner of the Startup Weekend :D It’s a moment when you really see that someone enjoys your work :)

About the future: I would also like to visit Silicon Valley but there were a lot of nice prizes (which we haven’t divided between us yet) like some mentoring programs and meetings with investors. And I look forward to the Global Startup Battle - I’ve never been to Brazil and I would like to see it next year :) Parry (the pitcher of the idea) wants to develop Mark and Park and I’d love to help in making the app as quick as possible.

Hints for future participants: An important lesson gained from the weekend is that you should try to pitch even if you think the idea is stupid. Parry didn’t want to pitch and he hesitated till the last moment - he got on the stage on the last call for the pitches, received only 7 or 8 votes in the first round (the best idea got 23 and 7 was the required limit to start working on the project) - but we made it :)! Just try it and have fun :D

And it’s not the end.. We are keeping our fingers crossed for Kamil’s team at Global Startup Battle - we’ll keep you posted!

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