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How Startup Weekend Got Its Start

This crash course for would-be entrepreneurs is hard-core.

This story appears in the March 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Ground Control: The team at Seattle HQ.
Photography by Rick Dahms

Would-be entrepreneurs have 54 hours to pitch, hone and--if they're lucky--sell their genius . Welcome to Startup Weekend.

It's evening in a huge loft in New York City's Chinatown, and leaders of nine motley teams are presenting their ideas for startup businesses to investors, advisors and other wannabe Mark Zuckerbergs. 

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