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Ready, Set, Pitch!

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The sixth installment of Startup Weekend kicks off Friday at Greater Nevada Field, formerly the Aces Ballpark, in downtown Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey has more. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs will brainstorm their best ideas over the weekend in a competition aimed at fostering startup culture.  

Attendees are given 54 hours to come up with an idea, form a team and work on a website and marketing plan before pitching to a panel of judges. 

Bryan McArdle of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada is one of the organizers.

"The biggest challenge is to share their ideas and invite others in to help them pursue their idea. So what startup weekend really does is get people over the initial mental block of one, telling people about their idea and two, inviting others to help build it into something."

The startup teams will pitch Sunday beginning at 6 p.m., which the public is invited to attend. 

Startup Weekend is an international nonprofit that has spread to more than 135 countries since its founding in 2007. 

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