Cohab to Host Northwest Louisiana’s First Startup Weekend in Downtown Shreveport, Oct. 26-28

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Business and community leaders come together to help budding entrepreneurs build successful businesses in just 54 hours.

A promotional image for Startup Weekend in Shreveport, Louisiana

Startup Weekend will be held at Cohab in downtown Shreveport, Oct. 26-28

The event will feature dozens of area business experts and community leaders serving as mentors and judges.

Cohab, a non-profit coworking space located in downtown Shreveport, La., will host the first-ever Shreveport-Bossier Startup Weekend, Oct. 26-28, 2012. Startup Weekend invites anyone in the community, regardless of their area of expertise, to join a team and create a brand-new business over the course of a single weekend.

During the event, strangers will be introduced, share business ideas, and team up to take the best ideas from concept to marketable business plan. Teams will present their businesses to a panel of area business experts who will critique the ideas and name one group Startup Weekend’s winning team. The winning team will receive a prize package full of all the tools entrepreneurs need to make a new business successful.

Shreveport-Bossier Startup Weekend will feature two guest speakers: area entrepreneur Linda Biernacki, President of Fire Tech Systems, Inc., will share her entrepreneurial story on Friday, Oct. 26. Stewart Hamel, Managing Principal of Hamel Interests and the Vice Chairman of Cohab’s Board of Directors, will present the top 20 questions that venture capitalists ask before investing in new businesses on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event will also feature dozens of area business experts and community leaders serving as mentors and judges.

Shreveport-Bossier Startup Weekend is limited to 100 registrants. Cost to participate is $99. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Shreveport-Bossier Startup Weekend website at

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