Startup Weekend Manazuru (the very first session!! - 54 hours in Manazuru to step into startup world and find your future startup crew)

2014/06/20(金)18:50 〜 2014/06/22(日)21:00 開催


■ Hack Manazuru! Hack in Manazuru!! - Manazuru to the World

The event , spread in over 500 cities and towns around the world, now comes to Manazuru !!!

Hack ... "With the word Hacker, you might imagine some bad guys intruding your computers. However, among engineers, it means to fix something or to work on something in order for new creation."
(by Mr. Joi ITO - director of the MIT Media Lab  reference [in Japanese lang only...])

We will be the very first to hold this event among Town size or smaller regions in Japan! We would like to welcome you all on board here in Manazuru to "hack" new business ideas. To the 54-hour journey on one weekend.

It is the very first session of Startup Weekend Manazuru and obviously it is only this time for you to participate in such an occasion here.
Lineup of guests that we invite as judges on Sunday evening are outstanding.
We will have a warm welcome to your curiosity and challenging spirits!

【 What is characteristic about Manazuru Venue ? 】

  • can stay at the venue for 24 hours   - Please take hold of your personal belongings yourselves
      - sleeping room arrangements (We plan to care male / female separation)
      - Local bath service can be provided by Ryokan Hostel Tainaya between 11am - 5pm   - Please arrange necessary hostel services by yourselves
       (Please input entry form questionnaire for hostel info assistance. Manazuru Tourist Information Centre will support you for arrangement.)

 Hostel Info reference: Manazuru Town Tourist Information Centre

   (They accept telephone inquiry tel: 0465-68-2543
    For Mail inquiry:

 ※ We noticed English assistance on the site is not well-provided.

   Please contact us if you need assistance.

  • We plan to serve some local cuisine

  • JR provides convenient 2 Day Pass covering Atami, Yugawara 〜 Manazuru 〜 Odawara region

 Usage Example: utilize on Saturday & Sunday for going out in town to validate your team's service ideas. + when you go home on Sunday after the Startup Weekend session.

(Sunday Last Train to Tokyo Shibuya 22:42 departing JR Manazuru STN )

■ What do I do in Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend (SW) is a "start-up experience event" in order to create new business model.

In this one weekend, you will get to experience the whole process that you would face when you sail out to launch a start-up.

(From pitching your business ideas to someone, make them connected emotionally, form a team, etc. to create actual objects, acquire customers and sell your products or service. We make you challenge those things in this one weekend.)

SW begins with 1 minute business idea pitch on Friday evening. Then form teams with people declaring his/her roll as either Hustler / Hacker / Designer.
Each team prepares a UX (User Experience) featured MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and business model by Sunday evening.

Roughly explaining, a Hustler takes a roll of management and customer development, Hacker - function development, Designer features user friendly designs.
(To see more precise definitions of these 3 rolls, please check the last section of this notice - "SW FAQ" along with basic rules of SW.
Hustler - "one who measures" / Hacker - "Visualizer by making things" / Designer - "learner to apply")

Time Table

18:15 Venue opens 9:00AM Day2 begins
 (breakfast provided)
9:00AM Day3 begins
 (breakfast provided)
19:00 Opening Party
 "Pizza & Beer"
 Ice breaking time among participants over meal & drinks.
9:30AM MVP creation and user testing
 (Your first target is "to acquire the very first customer"
12:00PM Lunch
19:30 Mini Game
 (As a warm-up for 1-min idea pitch and team building)
12:00PM Lunch 15:00 Tech Check toward Your Final Presentations
 (plug your devices to the devices provided at the venue and check)
20:00 60 sec idea pitch by participants 14:00 Consultation by Coaches
 (Consultation Tables will be provided)
20:45 Vote to Ideas 18:30 Dinner 18:45 Judging&Awards
21:15 Team Building & Self-introductions 22:00 End of Day2
22:00 End of Day1 22:00~
However, SW Manazuru venue is OPEN 24 hours.
Taking a bath and relax is good, continue your activities is also good.
Way of decision making is totally free. It's up to entrepreneurs.
19:00 Wrap-up Party
However, SW Manazuru venue is OPEN 24 hours.
Taking a bath and relax is good, stepping into business generation mode is good as well.
How to control time usage is totally up to entrepreneurs.
21:00 End of Day3 Let's go home!

Important message from us is that with these 3 days, just the event is over. But for future entrepreneurs it is beginning of your journey. Please come and feel the vibe by yourselves! We will try hard to prepare a "stage" that will be unforgettable for you. However, what to "perform" on the stage is up to you.
We look forward to seeing you all in Manazuru!!

■ Startup Weekend Manazuru Official Web site

(Change manazuru part to tokyo 、kyoto 、osaka 、fukuoka 、nagoya 、okinawa 、kumamoto 、sendai 、ishinomaki 、shinshu then you will get access to other Startup Weekend sites in Japan.

For newly added Niigata & Yokohama, please access:

■ Our FACEBOOK page

For cancellation, please contact us until 23:59 on Thursday June 12th.
We will have 100% reimbursement.
Contacts after that, we cannot accept requests for reimbursement.
Thank you for your understanding.


  • There is no rule in Startup Weekend. - Except ;)
    (No rule is the rule.)

  • You are coFounders. Not employers and employees.

  • Who is The Idea Man? Hacker, Hustler, Designer, Anyone!

  • Hustler: Measure. Test the value of your visualized idea.
     Measure the value of products and services, measure customer needs.
     Talk, "exploit" or "hustle" etc. and bring out customers' real feelings.
     Feedback your measured results to your team. Sell. Experiment.
     !) Hustle not with your team
     but with your customers and users.

<Note: Hustler>
Originally as defined in dictionaries. →

It can never be a permitted act to deceive someone for fund-raise. However, hustling is a necessary act when you intend to bring out customers' real feelings that they have not even realized by themselves.

  • Hacker: Visualize. Make your ide visible with any means - Hardware, Software, using Papers, anything.
     Putting value aside, make something in order to visualize.
     Prioritize Visualization most - visualize your hypothesis, visualize the value of your products or services.
     Do start-up now and here, Don't do hackaton.

  • Designer: "Lerner". UX not UI. Adding values which you've found or learn out of the data from Hustler.
     To where? Things your team produces: Ideas & Products.
     Fine-tune the value of your products or services.

  • Pitch is ? Not to explain your ideas to others but to make them get connected to your ideas. Motivate them to act in order to give your idea a shape!

  • Pitch 1min -> 1st Discussion 10min for preparing vote -> Vote 3min -> Pitch Winners' 2nd pitch 30sec -> 2nd Discussion 15min for fixing teams.

  • Startup Weekend is not about winning.
     SW creates not Startups but Entrepreneurs

  • Startup Weekend is not Hackathon.

  • Startup Weekend is not Event company.

Manazuru Town, Kanagawa pref. (located in West part of Kanagawa)


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