Startup Weekend Girls Edition: Teen ‘girlpreneurs’ learn how to build companies at 54-hour hackathon

It was like any other Startup Weekend, except the participants were a bit shorter and a bit younger.

More than 50 girls set up shop at Seattle’s Lake Washington Girls Middle School this past weekend during a 54-hour Startup Weekend Girls Edition designed specifically for fifth to ninth grade girls.

The ‘girlpreneurs’ spent the weekend working together to launch six different startups. They learned how to create social media accounts, websites, and logos, and even presented a demo of their product on stage to three judges: Rebecca Lovell, Director of Entrepreneurship and Industry for City of Seattle, Zach Smith, a partner with Social Venture Partners, and Bryan Lhuillier, founder of Shiftboard.

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