impactful year as UP Global
In 2013, UP Global formed when Startup Weekend and Startup America joined forces
Creating a community of over 310,000 alumni and volunteers
Made up of dedicated community leaders
and passionate, innovative alumni
from 501 cities, 126 countries, and speaking over 30 languages.
In March, 230 community leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro to share their stories
Stories like Kalimah Priforce's vision for empowering others
"Building A Silicon Valley that lives up to Dr. King's Dream" was the over-arching vision for Startup Weekend Oakland: Black Male Achievement. A thirteen year old girl from San Francisco East Bay pitched to her family a new app idea she mocked up on her college-ruled notebook. Teen brothers in Florida are hosting their own mini-hackathon in their grandmother's living room. Professionals across the tech industry are no longer afraid to ask their colleagues, "How does this next product development stage affect under-served kids?"
Maryam's formative experience at Startup Weekend Baghdad
Meet Maryam. She's a 24-year-old Iraqi woman, a college graduate with an IT degree, and has been actively searching for employment for almost two years. Right now, she's presenting a digital animation business idea that she's spent the past 54 hours crafting. There's over 200 people in the audience, analyzing each statistic she shares and dissecting her market research. This is her first time speaking in front of an audience this big. You can see a hint of sweat on her brow, peeking through her lavender colored headscarf. She doesn't know it yet, but in two hours, her team will be announced as the winner of the first Startup Weekend in Baghdad.
Team Dropifi's journey from Africa ... to 500 Startups
"Dropifi is the first African investment for 500 Startups," says Dave McClure of 500 Startups."Very few seed investors in Silicon Valley will put money into markets as early as Africa, but we think talent exists in every corner of the globe. Dropifi has a killer team and a promising product with global reach." Founder David Osei adds, "Being the first African startup to join a leading U.S. accelerator validates our idea and serves as a springboard for us. We also see it as an inspiration for young African entrepreneurs and a signpost that, Africa is geared up to be the next economic frontier."
Rover.com's fundraising milestone of $10.5 million
Greg Gottesman, a managing director of Madrona Venture Group, pitched Rover at a Startup Weekend in Seattle in June 2011. His idea received top prize and six months later he launched Rover.com. The startup has since grown rapidly, with an 800 percent increase in revenue in 2013 and over 25,000 pet sitters spread across all 50 states, up from 10,000 across 40 states in 2012.
Brazilian startup EasyTaxi closing over $20 million in one year
Founded at a Startup Weekend in 2011, Easy Taxi was born from a need to solve transportation problems in Brasil. The startup has raised 23 million in funding in 2013 alone and has gone on to employ over 1,000 people, expanding into multiple countries.