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Want to Join the Startup Crowd? Be Sure to Attend these events

Austin is known as one of the best cities to start up a company in. This is because of the large talent pool of young people, immense focus on technology, and a huge startup community. If I was to tell you about all the places you could go to learn a skill for free you would think I was making all of this up. There are places you can go to learn programming for free, places where they will teach you how to use a 3-D printer and build your own stuff, and places where people can networking and build their connections for free.

If you are someone that wants to meet entrepreneurs, learn about what companies are about to launch, what companies recently started, or just want to be in the know, then you will want to attend all the events I have listed down below. People need people to connect and build their ideas so staying home doesn’t help any. Maybe you are stuck on building an app and you don’t know how to fix your problem, there is a meetup group that can help you with that and its free to attend. I won’t list it here but this just goes to show that you need to get out more and learn why Austin is a great city to explore because once you find out the kind of resources this city has to offer there is no reason to be at home during the week when there are so many programs happening everyday. If you haven’t already, be sure to set up a meetup account as you will need that in order to RSVP for the events listed below.

Startup Weekend – Feb 6 – 8, 2015
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
This is a program where you get to take your idea and turn it into something within 54 hours. You will be put with a team of highly motivated developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on new projects and to bring that idea to life. Afterwards you will present to a panel of judges and possible investors. Be sure to check out the website for all the details and buy your tickets ahead of time.

This program is great for anyone needing that extra push to make your idea a reality with the support from mentors and your team.

Buy Tickets Here

Co-Founders Wanted Meetup – Every Second Monday – 6-30 – 8:30
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
This program is designed to help you find your co-founder for a startup idea you have. You can meet developers, engineers, and business people. Come watch other startups pitch their idea to potential co-founders. The idea is for people to come pitch and hopefully find someone in the audience who wants to work with you. Great networking event looking to get into the wonderful world of startups and business.

Fee to attend is $12 per person. For Developers (software, hardware), UI/UX designers get in for free. You can pay online or at the door for a fee of $15. Be sure to RSVP for any date you plan to attend.

If you wish to present your pitch you can apply at this link

Interactive Networking Party by TechMap – March 13, 2015 – 7- 9 pm
Location: Russian House NaZdorovye 307 East 5th St, Austin TX
This interactive networking program is open to anyone that wishes to meet entrepreneurs and startups in person and make connections. Make sure to get there early to find parking.

This event is free to anyone interested in attending. Be sure to RSVP with your meetup account.

Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl 2015 – March 12, 2015 – 5 – 10 pm
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

Grab a group of friends and take the shuttle from startup to startup for a free beverage, to drop off a resume, see office space or just kick back before SXSW starts on Friday.

Open to the public. No badge required. RSVP for more information and to receive your starting point by March 9, 2015


Startup Grind – Every First Tuesday – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

Are you looking to connect more with startup companies? Maybe meet more entrepreneurs in your community to see what kind of projects they are looking to start? This monthly meetup group, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a great networking event. They offer interviews of current entrepreneurs, mixers, and conference news on other programs to attend.


So if you have been looking for hard-core networking events that won’t waste your time then these are ones you need to look into attending. Make sure you won’t waste poeple’s time either when networking. Follow the five minute rule and then meet someone else. Make sure to have your website, if you have one made, updated and ready to show people, or maybe your LinkedIn page. Be sure to bring plenty of cards to hand out to people but just remember only pass them out to people you think are worth the connection. This is a great site to help you get started creating your business cards.

Attend these events regularly and who knows you might meet someone who gets what your trying to do and you end up creating a company together. Capital Factory is a great launching pad for presenting your idea and getting it out there. Make sure to check all the events on the calendar of this website as I only highlighted just a few out of the many coming up this semester. If you are looking to work for a startup check out this website.

If you need help with your networking skills here are a few books to read before jumping right into the mix of things. Don’t read these books lightly, read them as if you were studying for a test.

Networking Books

The Fine Art of Small Talk – Debra Fine

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less – Nicholas Boothman

The Art of Mingling – Jeanne Martinet

How to Work a Room – Susan RoAne

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

Effortless Small Talk: Learn How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere… Even If You’re Painfully Shy – Andy Arnott

Networking Like A Pro –  Ivan Misner