SHERIDAN — Startup Weekend Sheridan has officially started selling tickets to the third annual event set for April 5-7 at Sheridan College. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour experience where leaders, entrepreneurs and those aspiring to be self-employed come together.

“The mission of Startup Weekend Sheridan is to collectively create, grow and inspire entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s world,” said Olivia Conrad, the marketing and sales manager for the event. “It’s a fun social gathering of like-minded people networking and turning dreams into businesses. This is not only potentially life changing for those who attend, but it could have a permanent impact on the community.”

Doug Cherry, director of business education at Sheridan College,  said the experience not only ignites the entrepreneurial spirit of a community but is also a serious effort toward economic diversity and growth.

“Anyone that’s ever had any kind of a business idea, product idea or are just interested in being self employed should absolutely attend this event,” Cherry said. “Attendees can gain life-changing knowledge and understand better the process of forming a business. In addition, they save themselves months of work as opposed to setting out on their own. Almost all the information and resources you need will be available to you in one weekend.”

Startup Weekend was created by Techstars, a company that specializes in seeding and accelerating business growth. There are more than 4,000 Startup Weekends each year in 150 countries. Sheridan will join the ranks of 35 other cities in the United States. Cities like New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Denver attract thousands of people each year.

Participants can expect a fun-filled weekend with plenty of food, resources and a plethora of talent. On the first day, attendees join for a social hour, dinner and the chance to choose a project of their liking. After picking a subject, they form into teams.

Day two consists of learning from mentors and coaches from around the community to fine tune ideas, answer questions and even create prototypes if needed. On the final day, contestants pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges. The best ideas are given awards and leave with a clear vision of what to do next.

For more information on the event, contact Jill McGraw at 307-675-0785 or jillmcgraw@sheridan.edu or see the event website at communities.techstars.com/usa/sheridan/startup-weekend/14023.