Up Up Up and Away We Go to #UPAmericaSummit2013

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Shocker, I am traveling again.  Who am I kidding?  I live for this stuff!!

This trip I get to enjoy the great Midwest in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

UP America Summit is where the top startup community leaders from the US come together.  I’m among such amazing people who make a difference every day by helping to create startup communities and ecosystems throughout the country.

There is loads of information here and as always tons of bright and innovative peeps.

One thing I love about any Startup gathering is the collective audience knowledge sharing.  Here are some of my favorite insights thus far here at #UPAmericaSummit13:

Great advice from meetup.com‘s CEO Scott Heiferman

Remember the little startup called priceline.com, quoting Scott Case –

And my two cents-

But before this fabulous town hall gathering, the fabulous University of Iowa hosted day sessions at the amazing Kinnick Stadium.  BTW Kenan Flagler Stadium doesn’t hold a candle to the size of this epic venue.  It is actually sunken and almost half of the seats are below the road level.

Here is Kinnick Stadium in all it’s glory-

We heard tales from the “Makers Movement,” and how to host a Makers Startup Event using Raspberry Pi or going to a Fab Lab and how to use a “Top Chef” model to gather materials. We talked about how to help cross generational collaboration to help grow and connect startup communities and how it is mostly a language problem. Among many other insightful nuggets from these no talk, all action people. Of course no Summit would be complete without a little #shenanigans, which leads me to end with this-

Take it from me…you should look in your community and try to experience your startup community first hand.  I challenge you to go to a startup event be it Startup Weekend to TechCocktail or Pitch party.  Get it involved…you won’t be disappointed.  BTW – There is a StartUp Weekend coming up in Chapel Hill, Nov. 15-17, signup here.


About the author

Melissa Kennedy

I am an innovative, practical problem-solver with an MBA. Pioneered one of the first social media strategic plans for a Fortune 100 company, including monthly online TV program viewed by 120,000 customers. Created a scalable channel marketing service model and established a new customer communication channel through partner web syndication. Developed marketing plan for start-up technology firm. Launched first comprehensive marketing campaign for major science and technology university's $1 Billion fund-raising effort. Award-winning performance for 15 years across functions, industries and organizations.

My passion for results goes beyond professional pursuits. I am a global facilitator and co-organizer of Startup Weekends and serve as an advocate and volunteer for many local charities including Food Bank of Central/Eastern NC, North Carolina International Affairs Council and Connected Women of North Carolina. Plus, I have served as the President for the Triangle Interactive Marketing Association,

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