The facilitator deck is the most important tool that you will use during a Startup Weekend. It’s there to guide the weekend's schedule, its activities, provide educational content and recognize our sponsors. Through your presentation, you’ll be managing key event processes like pitches, voting, icebreaker games, and team formation.
Each slide that is mandatory to leave in your facilitator deck (like the ‘What is Startup Weekend’ and ‘Sponsors’ slides, for example) is marked as such in your deck.
Try to keep the order in which you present your deck as close as possible to the original order. We have done extensive research and gathered feedback from our experienced facilitators about what works best, and the deck reflects that research and feedback.
Please adhere to our branding rules and guidelines.
The deck is divided into three sections — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — and we have designed the deck to achieve the main goals for each day.
The main goals of Friday are for participants to:
Understand what Startup Weekend is and what Techstars is.
Learn how the weekend will work.
Pitch their ideas.
Feel welcome in the space and comfortable with other participants.
Participants can report any anonymous violation to Techstars Code of Conduct at http://saysomething.techstars.com/. If they feel comfortable, they can also raise their concerns to the organizing team or the facilitator.
The main goals of Saturday are for participants to:
Understand what needs to be accomplished before pitches on Sunday night.
Understand the mentoring process.
Build out their MVP.
Start working on their presentation.
The main goals of Sunday are for participants to:
Understand the pitch process.
Complete a tech check and pitch practice.
Understand the judging criteria and judging process.
Complete their final pitch presentation.
Understand what opportunities there are to stay connected to the Techstars network.