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'Startup Weekend' encourages and inspires would-be entrepreneurs

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It was a busy weekend for some of the most creative minds in northwest Ohio.

They call it Start Up Weekend.

The challenge?

Make up a business over a 54 hour period and see if it flies.

It's designed to help people get over their fear of starting a business.

Developers, business managers, marketing experts, and graphic artists spent their time at the University of Toledo on Friday night.

They had 90 seconds to present their ideas for new startup ventures.

Then they formed teams to develop those ideas.

"This is actually our second year," said Lindsey Danforth, the lead organizer of Startup Weekend. "Last year we had about the same amount of people. We've even had some people return. They've come back and they liked it so much they wanted to build more companies."

The teams spent the weekend getting advice from professional mentors and built a demo of their company.

Some even developed a finished project.

Graphic designer Zachary Kraner of Toledo was one of the many who came back for the second year of the event.

He was so inspired by the Startup Weekend that he did launch his own apparel company, "Intrinsic Made."

On the online store,, they sell artist-designed sunglasses, tee shirts, posters and decals.

"Seeing that it can be done in one weekend and it's a lot of work but it's actually possible. I think everyone is afraid to start their own business, but once you see that you can, you can," said Mr. Kraner.

Prizes were also given out for the best received ideas, including a 6 month part-time membership with "Seed Co-Working," a downtown space where people can share an office and share ideas.

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