Students See Success at Startup Weekend Little Rock

CONWAY, Ark. (April 8, 2013) - Hendrix students David Allan and Sreesh Reddy were among the more than 80 entrepreneurs involved in Startup Weekend Little Rock at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Startup Weekend is a grassroots movement to launch startups. The event involves entrepreneurs meeting up, networking and forming teams over the course of a weekend, from which the top ideas are pitched to a panel of judges.

The movement has spread from its home base of Seattle to more than 200 cities around the world.

Twelve teams were formed at the Little Rock event.

Allan, a junior from Missouri City, Texas, and Reddy, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., were members of the winning startup - Simple Service. The team built a service that provides an easy way for students, schools, and service sites to verify and communicate public service hours.

 "It was great to work on such a diverse team of developers and business people. Only at Startup Weekend could we get such a immersive business experience in 54 hours," said Reddy. "To see our product go from an idea to a working website was really exciting."

"The best thing about the weekend was getting great mentorship from people who have built sever successful companies," said Allan.

The Simple Service team took home $1,000 in cash plus free startup consulting services.   

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.