Great news from the last days:
- Our marketing campaign has huge response and the number of registered participants is better than expected.
- We are supported by the Karlsberg (@KarlsbergDe) brewery, which sponsored some delicious beer for the event.
- Jörg Rupp (http://www.dorucon.de)
will present the Business Model Canvas and share his experience from the practice with the attendees.
- And last but not least, we want to announce our Startup Weekend kickass facilitator Stavros ( @StavMessinis ), who will be our inspiring guide through the weekend.
While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model, and Execution (see below). As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):
◦ Wireframes or fully developed website;
◦ Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
◦ Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
◦ Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.), Live product demos or skits
- Did the team get out and talk to customers?
- Are they actually solving a problem?
- What’s their clear value proposition to that customer?
- Have they identified a specific target market?
- Execution and Design:
- Did they work well as a team?
- Did they have an MVP or prototype (paper is ok) to present?
- How functional was the demo?
- Was the usability of the product easy and friendly? Design Matters!
- Business Model:
- Does their solution solve a core need/problem?
- Did they present a value proposition
- Is it unique?
- How will they differentiate themselves from their competition (did they identify competition)?
- What is the go-to-market/launch strategy?
- How will they make money?
- What is the user acquisition model?
A key part of every Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event’s speakers and coaches. In the spirit of “No Talk, All Action” we try to keep talks short and sweet, focusing on practical issues (i.e. “how to give a persuasive pitch”, “best approaches to customer validation”) that can actually help you and your team better achieve your weekend goals. Mentors – community experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, finance, law, and more – dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams. Coaches will be in on Saturday from 2 – 6 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. There will be sign-up sheets for your team to choose when you want to work with specific mentors. Quick tip: sign up for mentors fast!
In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), we’ve also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend.
- Attendee Startup Tools document for training videos, best practices, and more! http://sworg.s3.amazonaws.com/01_attendee-resources/startup_tools_globalsponsors.pdf
- Business Model Canvas http://sworg.s3.amazonaws.com/01_attendee-resources/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf
- Steve Blank on Lean Customer Development
- Lean Canvas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o8uYdUaFR4
- Experimentation Board http://www.javelin.com/experiment-board.html#/youtube/4
Check out http://startupweekend.org/resources for more info.
Startup Weekend Saarbruecken
May 8th, 2015
Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. We want you to be as prepared as possible and have scripted some details and recommendations for you in the next lines.
Participants arrive at 6 pm, begin networking, and eat dinner. After a short introduction by the facilitator, the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give his or her 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, using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.
- Map Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
- Identify customers
- Agree on weekend deliverables
Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to one short talk. Coaches will be circulating to provide concrete advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.
- Refine MVP
- Make market research
- Start building the MVP prototype
- Do customer validation
- Collect graphics + info for your presentation
Teams will work 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 3 minutes Q&A from the jury.
- Validate business idea
- Collect more customer feedback
- Define rollout strategy
- Outline business model
- Finish building the MVP prototype
- Craft a pitch and start pitch practice