“Not a Hackathon” 36-Hour Sleepover for Entrepreneurs Set for June 27-28 at Novotorium, Langhorne PA

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Philadelphia business incubators Seed Philly and Novotorium offer $3,000 cash and other prizes for entrepreneurs, according to Mike Krupit.

Entrepreneur Summer Camp

Philadelphia Incubators Novotorium and Seed Philly are teaming up to offer Not-a-Hackathon as part of Entrepreneur Summer Camp.

This program is unique in the focused energy and productivity it helps entrepreneurs bring to their businesses in a very powerful 36-hour period.

Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to work intensively on their businesses for 36 hours straight with the guidance of experienced entrepreneurs and professional advisors, and the assistance of developers, designers and marketers at Not-a-Hackathon Summer Camp Sleepover, an innovative program offered by Philadelphia business incubators Novotorium and Seed Philly, according to Mike Krupit of Novotorium. The program, to be held June 27 and 28 at Novotorium in Langhorne, PA, offers a $3,000 cash prize to the winning team as well as additional prizes for others who participate.

"Not-a-Hackathon is for entrepreneurs with drive who have the stamina to move their businesses forward in a very intense 36 hours,” Krupit said. “Entrepreneurs who participate retain their intellectual property and all rights to their businesses. Developers, designers and marketers who work on the entrepreneurs’ teams have the opportunity to win cash and other prizes, develop new skills, and create relationships with others who may wish to work with them on future projects.”

Brad Denenberg, head of Seed Philly, said the incubators are teaming up to offer entrepreneurs a different approach to growing their businesses. “This program is unique in the focused energy and productivity it helps entrepreneurs bring to their businesses in a very powerful 36-hour period. It's an opportunity for entrepreneurs and their teams to quickly make some great strides.”

Not-a-Hackathon is open to 10 entrepreneurs and approximately 20 developers, marketers and designers who want to be part of a team. All must be committed to working for 36 hours straight, with minimal time out for naps or rest periods. The organizers will review all registrations and curate the teams by matching entrepreneurs' stated needs with the skills of those who have signed up to help. In addition, coaches and mentors will be available to guide teams for the entire 36 hours of the program.

Novotorium and Seed Philly will award $3,000 to the team determined to have made the most progress during the 36-hour event. The winning entrepreneur will receive $1,000 in cash and the other team members will split $2,000. Additional prizes will be awarded to other teams based on their progress during the program.

A registration fee of $20 per person partially offsets the cost of providing participants with meals and snacks, including breakfast, lunch and dinner during both days of the program. Futons and “blankies” will be provided for those who need to rest. Participants may also bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, changes of clothes and comfort items if they wish. Novotorium’s facility offers a kitchen, exercise room and showers for those who wish to use them during the program.

Registration and program details are available at http://www.EntrepreneurSummerCamp.com. Not-a-Hackathon follows on “The Infonautics Team and a Generation of Startups,” another successful joint program held on June 12 by Novotorium and Seed Philly as part of Entrepreneur Summer Camp.
Both Novotorium and Seed Philly continue to deliver their regular business incubation and business acceleration programs, co-working, classes for entrepreneurs, meetups – including Bootstrapper’s Breakfast, and sponsorship of programs such as TechCrunch’s mini meetup in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 19.

About Novotorium:
Novotorium is an independent, private sector initiative funded by the Baron Innovation Group, and based in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Novotorium provides the environment, advice, services, and funding that are needed for entrepreneurs who strive to grow their emerging companies. Novotorium’s unique approach helps entrepreneurs cross the chasm to achieve sustainable growth and profitability. Along with four full-time staff members, Novotorium has a network of more than 30 partners, including successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, financial professionals, technologists, and marketing service providers who are available to help entrepreneurs. For more information, go to Novotorium.com

About Seed Philly
Seed Philly is the Philadelphia region’s only Collaboratory – a hybrid incubator, accelerator and co-working space dedicated to supporting the needs of seed-stage tech startups. Seed Philly follows the core tenant that “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”. In addition to a 6,000 square foot shared office, community clubhouse and classroom, Seed Philly maintains a vetted community directory and business intelligence collection engine designed to make the startup growth process more efficient and effective. All members of Seed Philly – startup entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and service providers – collaborate to form a more vibrant ecosystem; sharing best practices data to create blueprint for success. Find more information at SeedPhilly.org.

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