On March 15, Fairleigh Dickinson University will host the state's first Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of startups.

"This is going to be a great weekend for the state's entrepreneurial community,” said James Barrood, Executive Director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at FDU which is coordinating the event. Entrepreneurs, developers and designers will be taking over the University's College at Florham for Startup Weekend.

Whether you have a business idea or a skill that is necessary in building a successful startup, this event is one that aspiring entrepreneurs should not miss. Concept pitching and team building will take place on day one; teams will be formed around the top concepts, leaving the remainder of the weekend to mind mapping, strategizing and building a real business. Knowledgeable and successful entrepreneurs will be in attendance to inspire, share and help the teams throughout the weekend. A variety of judges and coaches have expertise in many areas including consumer web, healthcare and enterprise. The final day teams will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges.

The winner will automatically be eligible as a “semi-finalist” for the TechLaunch LaunchPad 2 program, and the team will receive two hours of legal counsel from sponsor SorinRand and two hours of accounting services from sponsor WeiserMazars. In addition, all  attendees receive a 3 month SEO software package from sponsor SEOmoz (a $300 value). Other sponsors include EisnerAmper and Direct North. Learn more at www.fdu.edu/sw

About Startup Weekend Madison

Startup Weekend Madison is an intense 54 hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business will come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. It is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

About FDU
Fairleigh Dickinson University is the largest private university in New Jersey, offering over 100 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctor's levels. It is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. The University strives to provide students with the multi-disciplinary, intercultural, and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead, and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce and culture. The university has two campuses in New Jersey, and campuses in England and Vancouver, Canada.