Startup Weekend is an event that is near and dear to this writer’s heart. Last fall I participated in (and was the only woman at) the first Startup Weekend in Louisville. (Did I mention that my team won?)

It was so much fun. Easily one of the very best things I did in 2012. When I was a junior in high school, I was selected to go to a one-week economics summer camp where we lived, breathed, ate and drank economics 24 hours a day. Startup Weekend was that kind of fun. And yes, I was the kind of kid who thought economics summer camp was pretty much the best thing ever.

If you have an entrepreneurial bent, this is the event for you. While most of the startups at Startup Weekend are tech-based, that’s not a rule or a given. I attended as a “creative” – in my case a writer and social media marketer– and was always made to feel a valuable member of our team.

I’m also a shy person who knew no one at the event. And I really did have a heck of a good time.

From the website:

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Tickets are now on sale for the early bird event price of $75 ($25 if you’re a student!). Ticket prices include all activities and seven meals, so it’s a steal even at the $100 regular price. The March 1-3 event will take place at the new JCTC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center at 620 S. 3rd St.

Early bird pricing ends Jan. 31!

This time around I’m helping out with organizing the event. If you have any questions about whether or not Startup Weekend is right for you, feel free to email me at [email protected] (warning, the answer almost certainly is Yes.).

We’re also still looking for sponsorship for the event. If you’re interested in supporting Startup Weekend (meals, prizes, money), please drop me an email. It’s a great chance for your brand to get in front of (hopefully) more than a hundred people in the local startup community.