Candis Miner, a sophomore equestrian business management major, and her team were awarded second place at Startup Weekend.
Startup Weekend focuses on entrepreneurs who are trying to launch their business ideas. This event is put on by a non-profit organization of the same name that welcomes anyone who wishes to receive feedback on their startup idea. A $75 to $150 payment is required to attend the weekend, but there are no additional requirements.
“It’s a competition for people that want to start their own business,” Miner said.
The event ran from September 28 to 30th and was held at the Museao, 3500 Buttonwood Drive, which was open the entire weekend for those who wanted to work overnight. They even set up cots for people to sleep on.
Participants spent the first day of the event pitching ideas, voting on them and choosing teams. Participants chose teams based on their own skills and interests as well as the teams’ needs.
“By the end (of the day) you had a good grasp on who you wanted to be with,” Miner said.
The next two days were spent working on ideas for final presentations Sunday evening.
Miner said that her team worked at different venues away from the event site because of how crowded it was. Her team consisted of all men. Likewise, Miner noticed very few female participants at the event.
She said she was uncomfortable at first, but her teammates were helpful and encouraged her to ask questions. They knew a lot about the technical aspects of running a business.
“I learned so much more about computers that weekend than I have in my entire life,” Miner said.
The men on Miner’s team had already come up with the business idea before Startup Weekend. Their business Trackley was created for companies that want to monitor traffic to their website. Using Trackleypre they can see every click a client makes on their website.
“If five people are on your website, you can see five screens in real time,” explained Miner.
Knowing every click one makes when browsing a website is helpful because it shows how easy the website is to navigate. If people are using too many clicks to get to a certain page on the website, the creators know to make this page easier to navigate.
Miner said the weekend was really helpful to her because she hopes to one day own her own tack shop, a shop that sells riding equipment.
“I was a lot of fun, very different, but a good learning experience. I would probably go back again,” said Miner.