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Startup Weekend is fast approaching! We thought you’d probably have some questions, so here are a few that we hear often…

How do I know if this event is for me?
Attendees backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship. Attendees range from serial entrepreneurs to those who are completely new to the startup scene. Every participant is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, then this event is definitely for you!

Do I have to pitch an idea?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

If you don’t want to you can come along and join a team. You’ll get a chance to vote for and join your favourite pitch on Friday evening.

If you’re on the fence about pitching, come along to the pre-event and have a practice during some pitching games.

Can I pitch my existing business?
No. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

What happens if my idea isn’t picked?
The purpose of the Friday crowd-sourcing isn’t to exclude certain ideas, but simply to highlight the most popular/high-potential pitches and end up with a manageable number of teams – ensuring that each team has a variety of backgrounds/skills. If your idea isn’t selected but you’ve formed a team around the idea, you’re welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organiser, as this may be an issue regarding your teams’ eligibility for prizes.

Do I have to attend all three days?
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.

What if I don’t know anything about coding, or designing?
That’s ok! We need hustlers, hard-workers, and business-minded folks just as much as technical talent. Without all three groups, our event wouldn’t happen. I assure you, there is plenty of work to be spread around!

Ok, but how does this event actually work?
On Friday evening, a bunch of entrepreneurial strangers get together, listen to an opening talk, and then begin giving 60-second pitches of their ideas. Anyone can pitch any idea, and we pitch until all ideas are exhausted. Then, the group collectively votes on what they perceive to be the “best” ideas to work on over the weekend as a general guideline for which ideas to form groups around.

Teams will consist of developers, designers, and business-minded individuals. Over the next 54 hours teams will work hard to validate, test, prototype and build their idea, before presenting on Sunday evening.

For more info on how it works, check out our last blog post.

Where can I sign up?
Tickets always go fast! So make sure you get yours as soon as possible! Head over here to get your tickets today >

Laura Kerrison