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Local Startup Conference Will Help Entrepreneurs Build Successful Companies

FamilySearch International and RootsTech are hosting an exciting family history edition of Startup Weekend designed by Techstars (, an international firm that helps technical and non-technical entrepreneurs, developers, and designers put their ideas into action and learn how to build successful start-up companies. The event’s goal is to foster innovation in family history-related concepts or technology. The conference runs August 25 to 27, 2016, at the Riverton FamilySearch office building, 3740 West Market Center Drive, (13175 South). Registration is required. Find out more at Start-up Weekend Riverton.

The family history-themed Startup Weekend will help entrepreneurs take the first steps toward launching a start-up that focuses on the rapidly growing, $4 billion family history market. Entrepreneurs’ concepts or projects need not be family history specific, but simply related to family history in some way. Many aspects of family history are now being sold in the technical market, even activities that some people have never considered as “family history.” These include photography, scrapbooking, maps, DNA testing, medical histories, preserving family artifacts, storytelling, and all parts of a person’s life story, including social media where many posts expand these stories.

Startup Weekend begins Thursday night with pitches and continues Friday with brainstorming, business model development, and prototype creation in collaboration with enthusiastic local industry experts and mentors. It culminates Saturday afternoon with demos and presentations in front of the industry's experts.

Startup Weekend Riverton is sponsored by Grow Utah, ancestorcloud, Durham Jones & Pinegar, findmypast, and DevMountain.

For information on how to sign up and participate, go to Start-up Weekend Riverton.



About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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