Some people go on religious mission trips where they embark on this journey of service, enlightenment and culture, but startups have been my religion for the past 6 years. I have created a trip of service where I will be diving into startup communities to help grow, empower and unleash the potential of creative individuals all around the world by facilitating a Startup Weekend event every week in a different city from January to April. If you are unfamiliar with what Startup Weekends are, here is a great movie that follows two real startupers at Startup Weekend Toronto and summarizes what Startup Weekends are all about:
Startup Weekends have grown to have immense impact on the communities they are in and with my experience I plan to add many layers to help create an even greater ripple effect at each event. This journey is about educating, inspiring and fostering creativity throughout the world to help cultivate a new generation of world changing entrepreneurs.
Here are my objectives for embarking on this trip:
1. Learn. You can never stop learning. Every part of this world and every person in this world has something they can offer. I am a curious learner that is seeking out best business and cultural practices in each community I enter. My research will be documented throughout this blog.
2. Connect. I have never been the big networker, but being a facilitator at these Startup Weekends I get to be in the center of all these amazingly talented startupers all around the world. One of the biggest ways I can add value is to build relationships and help connect people from all over the world. I will be extremely fortunate to grow my network of talented individuals and by working with them, learning about their passions and seeing their skill sets, I will be able to facilitate connections to help the growth of ideas that may have been missing just that one person.
3. Empower. My biggest passion has been to help others reach a potential they never knew they had. Startup Weekends do that in startup communities every weekend all around the world. With my experience of the event and background in startups, I will ensure the high quality event design to maximize the effects these weekends will have not only on individuals that attend but the communities that they live in. This isn’t about launching a startup in 54 hours, it’s about inspiring and empowering a community to unleash their talents to change the world.
If you are interested in developing any partnerships/sponsorships for any part of this trip please feel free to contact me at joey.aquino7(at)gmail(dot)com. You will be able to have a presence at all Startup Weekend events I facilitate globally and will start to build a strong relationship with the Startup Weekend company as well.