Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition will be held April 29 – May 1. What is a Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a worldwide movement of ambitious entrepreneurial minds who are looking to practice and learn the basics of founding and launching a startup venture successfully. It is a unique opportunity to get your startup off the ground, risk free. This will be the sixth Startup Weekend held in the Sacramento region and my second time on the organizing team.

While a lot of people may think they need to already have an idea in mind to attend the event, that’s not really the case. There are several good reasons to go to a Startup Weekend event.

1) You’ve Got an Idea
The most obvious reason to come to Startup Weekend is that you’ve got an idea that you want to develop and you need some help creating a business plan, validating your market, or creating a mockup of an app. At Startup Weekend you’ll find others with the skills to help you take your idea to the next level and beyond.

2) You’ve Got Skills You Want to Share
Ok, maybe you don’t have an idea for a new startup, but chances are good that you’ve got skills and knowledge that will be incredibly valuable to others participating in the event. Whether you’re a programmer, developer, designer, marketer, or business person, your skills and experience are needed. The focus of the event this Spring will be on health and healthcare so we’d also like to get doctors, nurses, med techs and others in the healthcare industry involved to help out. Team up with an entrepreneur whose idea resonates with you and you could play a key role in helping to launch an idea.

3) Get Noticed through Networking
Even if you don’t win the competition, the whole weekend is a great opportunity to meet others, share your skills and knowledge, and get noticed.

4) Access to Experienced Coaches and Mentors
Once again we’ll have a very strong line-up of experienced mentors and coaches participating, with years of knowledge and experience that you will be able to tap into. Where else are you going to have access to such great advice in one place over a 3 day period?

5) Great Learning Opportunities
You’ll learn more in one weekend about startups, entrepreneurship, and business than you could ever imagine. You’ll be able to apply what you learn at Startup Weekend to developing your own products or business.

6) Get Involved in the Sacramento Startup Community
The global startup movement is growing and Sacramento has a great, vibrant startup community. Startup Weekend is a great opportunity to meet others in the Sacramento startup community and get involved with the revitalization of our region.

Now, event registration is open quite yet, but if this has intrigued you at all and you’d like to get involved, follow Startup Weekend Sacramento on Twitter or Facebook to stay informed on the latest news and announcements.