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Great Ideas Come To Life At Tri-Cities Startup Weekend

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This weekend at WSU Tri-Cities some great minds came together in Richland to try and get the ball rolling on their ideas. This weekend at WSU Tri-Cities some great minds came together in Richland to try and get the ball rolling on their ideas.

RICHLAND, WA - This weekend at WSU Tri-Cities some great minds came together in Richland to try and get the ball rolling on their ideas.  

As part of the Tri-Cities Startup Weekend participants had 54 hours to develop and execute an original idea.

"One day when I walked into a supermarket there was a sign that said 'hey we're running out of organic eggs because of increasing demand' and I knew that was ridiculous because right next door there were people on Craigslist trying to get rid of excess eggs that their backyard chickens were putting out," said Kimberly Gonzalez. She had the idea, but she just needed to get it started. Green Barn would be a network tool to connect local and small business farmers to distributors.

"It requires a fine balance between talent, passion and maybe insanity to hit that correctly," explained Grant Williams, a recent grad from WSU. In his spare time he designs video games. He and his team are crafting Dragon, an online game that would let the player control a dragon flying around an ancient kingdom.

"He probably would like games like battlefield. He probably works a normal 9-5 job. He's probably a student," said Williams.

"He" is the target customer; someone each team keeps in mind while working. Judges interview each team and decide who created the most marketable product for their target user.

"I would say startup weekend is a place to bring an idea. Just pitch is, see if it gets picked and you'll find a team hopefully that will be willing to work on it with you and it's just a great way to jumpstart and see if it has any likes," said Gonzalez.

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