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CSU to Host Startup Vikes February 19-21

Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, inventors and startup enthusiasts will have an opportunity to share ideas, form teams, build prototypes and launch a business – all within the span of a single weekend – during Cleveland State University’s third annual Startup Vikes competition.

The event runs Friday, February 19, through Sunday, February 21, in CSU’s Fenn Tower Ballroom, 1983 E. 24th St., Cleveland.

Using Lean Startup methodologies, Startup Vikes begins with pitches, voting for the top ideas and team formation. A series of workshops then guides participants through building a business, including business modeling, customer development, branding, revenue/financial models, legal pointers and pitching to investors.

A cash infusion and prize packages are awarded to the top three businesses formed from the weekend.

“Startup Vikes provides a pathway for entrepreneurship,” said Colette Hart, senior director of the Centers of Outreach and Engagement in CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business. “It demonstrates Cleveland State University’s commitment to providing innovative programing that engages beyond the classroom and impacts the greater community.”

Tickets are $49 for CSU students and $99 for community members. The cost includes all workshops, meals from Friday night through Sunday night, snacks, beverages, resources and more. Register at