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Catalyst Radio: Startup Weekend an incubator for business ideas

Startup Weekend, beginning tonight, offers local entrepreneurs opportunity to present their business ideas and receive peer feedback.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

One of Startup Weekend’s organizer, Aaron Schaap, right, talks with a team about their business idea at a previous year’s event.

One of Startup Weekend’s organizer, Aaron Schaap, right, talks with a team about their business idea at a previous year’s event. /Startup Weekend

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about Startup Weekend -- an event that kicks off tonight in downtown Grand Rapids for anyone who has an entrepreneurial idea, and would like to pitch it to peers and receive feedback.

This is the fourth year for a Grand Rapids version of the event that takes places in locations around the world – all begun by the nonprofit Startup Weekend, headquartered in Seattle.

Adam DeLong, an organizer for the local Startup Weekend, is in studio to talk about the 54-hour event, what participants can get out of it, and what kinds of businesses have come out of previous Grand Rapids Startup Weekends.



Music featured in this edition of Catalyst Radio is from the new disc by local artist Sam Kenny called World War One. It’s the song “Masonic Boom.”

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