Judging criteria

Universal Startup Weekend’s judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model Validation – Who are their key partners? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What is the cost and revenue breakdown?
  • Product Execution – Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Were they able to demo something functional?
  • User Experience Design – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

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. 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 App (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos

See you soon!








5 Tips to prepare yourself for Startup Weekend Liepāja

Startup Weekend Liepaja is coming up fast, so we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help you make the most out of it. The weekend will pass by quickly, but as long as you keep a few things in mind, you’ll be in control of your time. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Come prepared

First you have to make sure you read the F.A.Q page before the event.

2. Pick Your Idea

If you already have an idea, you would want to pitch it in the event, and form a team around it to develop it into something you can actually share with the world. You need to make sure that your idea can be implemented by a small team into a working prototype in just a weekend.

3. Perfect presentation for pitching

There will be no presentation slides at the event , you will have to count on your presentation skills. Make sure to have everyone inspired by only 60 seconds explaining  your idea, vision , what your idea will offer to people & how you will get profit.

4. Practice The Pitch

Start pitching the idea to friends around you before coming into the event you will have to practice pitching your idea in 60 seconds because this is the real time you will pitch at Startup Weekend Liepāja.

This will help you shape the idea and practice the pitch. The more practice you get the more prepared you’ll be with pitching your idea.

5. Give it All you’ve got

Startup Weekend is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Give it all you’ve got, never give up and always push forward.








Pitch your idea in 60 seconds

Here is a rough guideline of how to spend your precious 60 seconds.

  • 5-10 seconds – Who are you (and what you bring to the idea)?
  • 10-20 seconds – What is the problem? Who is suffering from this problem?
  • 10-20 seconds – How do you intend to solve it? Why is it better than alternatives?
  • 5-10 seconds – Who do you need?

Give your idea a name so people can remember you and your idea when it comes time to voting and team formation.

Some other observations from the info session last night and from our experience in the past:

  • Be interesting and approachable. You want people to want to work with you all weekend long.
  • Be relatable and understandable. People are much more inclined to work on problems that they can identify with and understand. Tell a story if you can rather than listing a series of bullet points.
  • Propose a simple solution. You only have 54 hours after all. If it simple and understandable, it will be easier to execute over the weekend.
  • Prepare! No one wants to see you run out of time, and 60 seconds will come fast. More prepared pitches will get better support.

Obviously this isn’t a set of rules written in stone, but it’s intended to give you some guidelines and an idea on how to prepare. Make it your own, have fun, and put yourself out there.

See you soon!

 

 

 

Startup Weekend Liepaja

November 14th, 2014

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5 Tips to prepare yourself for Startup Weekend Liepaja

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Startup Weekend Liepaja is coming up fast, so we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help you make the most out of it. The weekend will pass by quickly, but as long as you keep a few things in mind, you’ll be in control of your time. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Come prepared

First you have to make sure you read the F.A.Q page before the event.

2. Pick Your Idea

If you already have an idea, you would want to pitch it in the event, and form a team around it to develop it into something you can actually share with the world. You need to make sure that your idea can be implemented by a small team into a working prototype in just a weekend.

3. Perfect presentation for pitching

There will be no presentation slides at the event , you will have to count on your presentation skills. Make sure to have everyone inspired by only 60 seconds explaining  your idea, vision , what your idea will offer to people & how you will get profit.

4. Practice The Pitch

Start pitching the idea to friends around you before coming into the event you will have to practice pitching your idea in 60 seconds because this is the real time you will pitch at Startup Weekend Liepaja.

This will help you shape the idea and practice the pitch. The more practice you get the more prepared you’ll be with pitching your idea.

5. Give it All you’ve got

Startup Weekend is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Give it all you’ve got, never give up and always push forward.








Startup Weekend is coming to Liepaja!

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes.

Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

Startup Weekend Liepaja
November 14th, 2014