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How Startup Weekend Got Its Start This crash course for would-be entrepreneurs is hard-core.

By Regina Schrambling

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Ground Control: The Startup Weekend 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 business ideas. Welcome to Startup Weekend.

It's Sunday 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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