Winners of GR Startup Weekend announced

Members of HEX, the team that won the Startup Weekend competition. Photo by Veronica Kirin. (Jan. 18, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The winners of a marathon entrepreneurship competition in Grand Rapids were announced Sunday.

The winning team of the sixth annual Startup Weekend was HEX, made up of team members Sergio Troiani (not pictured above), Tyler Gorczyca, Alison O’shea, Tyler Beckas, Ryan Peninger and Zach Williams.

Startup Weekend is a global, grass-roots movement that teaches the basics of launching a startup business. About 150 entrepreneurs, designers and developers participated in the 54-hour marathon to turn ideas into new business ventures.

Participants split up into teams and spent the weekend formulating ideas with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. Thirty ideas were pitched Friday night, the top 10 advanced to Saturday and the winning team was announced Sunday.

Organizers say some businesses continue after the event.

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