So, you may be wondering what happens at a Startup Weekend event. So did I and that’s why I decided to jump in head first and check it out. I headed to Montreal to take in a Startup Weekend event there and it was AWESOME!!!
The main goal of the weekend event is to find out what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. We get to network, share, form teams, and create something. It’s a simple format that includes great people, lots of ideas (the good, the bad, and the winners), food, drinks, and lots of coffee; lots and lots of coffee. It usually starts on Friday evening around 5:00 PM and continues until Sunday evening when the winners are announced.
What happens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
- Friday: Participants arrive between 5-7 PM, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the Facilitator, there will typically be 1 short speech on practical topics ranging from Pitching Best Practices to Lean Startup Methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props needed for Friday. It will just be you and a mic. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.
- Saturday: Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to 1-2 short talks. Coaches will be circulating to provide concrete advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.
- Sunday: Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and/or presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin: each team typically has 5 minutes plus 2-3 minutes Q&A from the jury (this varies occasionally.) The jury will select the top teams, give out prizes (if applicable), and the event ends (and celebration begins!)
We are planning to continue to share as much about the event as we can. If there is a specific question you would like answered, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get an answer for you.
Hope to see you at the event on November 8th, 9th, and 10th. Register here: https://stjohnsnl.eventbrite.com