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Northwest Iowa town to host Startup Weekend in June

Sara Magnussen has been working remotely for Seattle-based Startup Weekend's community support team for almost two years. Traveling from her home …

Sara Magnussen has been working remotely for Seattle-based Startup Weekend‘s community support team for almost two years. Traveling from her home in the northwest Iowa town of Paullina, she’s helped out at Startup Weekend Omaha and Mega Startup Weekend in Mountain View, Calif. This summer, however, she’ll be chipping in at an event much closer to home.

Startup Weekend is set to hold its first event in Spencer, a town of less than 12,000 people, from June 14 to 16. Kicking off with an opening pitch session Friday night, participants will form teams, work to build a prototype and create a slide deck in order to pitch their ideas on Sunday to a panel of judges.

The Technology Association of Iowa‘s president Leann Jacobsen, who’s also behind StartupCity Spencer, is one of the event’s main organizers, though Magnussen (right) also has a hand in planning Startup Weekend Spencer. She and her brother Joey Pomerenke, chief marketing officer at the Seattle-based Startup Weekend, grew up in northwest Iowa and both passionate about the organization.

Magnussen hopes the event will help spread of message of Startup Weekend throughout the area. She also says that there have been talks of another event, focused on agricultural-based ventures, for November.

For more information and registration, which costs $40, visit


Credits: Sara Mangnussen photo from Twitter


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