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AOL co-founder Steve Case to judge Startup Weekend Vegas

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Kristy Totten

Aspiring entrepreneurs will have a high-profile judge to impress at the sixth Startup Weekend Vegas, a 54-hour event that challenges participants to envision and create a new business in three sessions.

Steve Case, AOL co-founder and chairman of Startup America, will judge the contest.

“It’s a big deal for us to have someone of his caliber taking the time to be a part of our community,” event organizer Adam Kramer said.

Startup America and Startup Weekend, which hosts competitions in more than 400 cities worldwide, partnered in May to form Up Global, of which Case is the chairman. The merger combines Startup America’s capital with Startup Weekend’s on-the-ground appeal.

Startup Weekend Vegas begins Aug. 9, at the InNEVation Center co-working space and wraps up Aug. 11.

During that time, teams will transform ideas into viable businesses.

“When people come in Friday, they can only come in with an idea,” said Kramer, who heads the entrepreneurship and young professionals branch of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Kramer leads the chamber’s JumpStart Vegas program, which seeks to make the city a startup capital.


Las Vegas Review-Journal