Startup Weekend Women’s Edition Dallas is just two weeks away – and you should be there. Women (and men!) hackers and hustlers will come together to build startups. Here’s five reasons you won’t want to miss it!
1. Learn about entrepreneurship. For 54 hours, you’ll be immersed in all aspects of a startup – development, design, marketing, and pitching. You will pick up new skills and ways to think through your idea as you’re surrounded by coaches, mentors, and attendees who have expertise in all these areas.
2. Grow as you learn about yourself. At startup weekend, you have to be light on your feet! With the pace of the weekend, you’ll be making lots of important decisions. It will force you to grow in quick decision-making and fast pivots. You’ll learn to pitch yourself. When you are building your team on Friday night, you’ll convey more than your idea, but why, together, you can build something great – and have fun along the way.
3. Connect with a local and global community of entrepreneurs. You will make so many kinds of meaningful connections. Locally, you’ll connect with a wide breadth of professionals in development, design, marketing, and more. You’ll connect with the vibrant Dallas startup community. You’ll connect with incredible mentors and coaches who have lived the entrepreneurial experience and will help guide your team. You’ll connect with women who thrive on being in the trenches of entrepreneurship! You will become part of a global entrepreneurial community that wants to make the world more innovative, more prosperous –and believes that starts with you!
4. Collaboration will drive the weekend. The people you meet and work alongside at Startup Weekend Women’s edition will be smart, motivated, and skilled. You’ll have 54 hours to collaborate, shaping your innovative idea into a business with real traction and a strategy to position it. The collaborative and innovative energy will propel the weekend.
5. Build a business. This is not an exercise in thinking or dreaming. Startup weekend is the place to validate an idea, build a product, and launch a startup in 54 hours. Real businesses grow out of startup weekend, including local female-led startup, Kinskii (Click the link and don’t miss her pitch to the accelerator they’re now enrolled in – after eating a habanero pepper!).
You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity for women entrepreneurs and innovators. Get your ticket today!
Why women entrepreneurs? There are so many assets women bring to entrepreneurship. Check out Danielle Cocanougher’s list of 10 Advantages Women Didn’t Know they Had.
“Plenty of stereotypes get thrown around about why women would be bad leaders – women are too sensitive, opinionated, or only care about going shopping. But many of these so-called “negative” qualities could actually be advantages you never knew you had, and one of the key reasons you’ve got what it takes to start your own company.”
Check out her list here. Then, put all these advantages to work for you at Startup Weekend Women’s Edition
The first Dallas Startup Weekend Women is just a couple weeks away. Don’t miss the opportunity to collaborate and grow alongside an incredible lineup of women coaches and mentors from around the city. To register, click here.
“We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms.” –McKinsey & Company
As a great deal of recent research suggests, diversity matters. It’s just good for business. And in Dallas, we like to be good for business in every regard. When so few venture backed companies are run by women, there is an obvious opportunity.
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour all action entrepreneurial event. It’s an immersive experience for participants to pitch ideas, form teams, and build companies.
No matter where you are on the spectrum of your entrepreneurial journey – from reluctant to ready – we want you to join us May 29-31 for what promises to be an inspiring , exciting, and just-plain-fun adventure
Check out some highlights from Startup Weekend Women’s Edition put together by our neighbors in New Mexico!
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A Huge Congratulations to our winning teams at #SWDallasEdu
1st Place – AnonyQ – Have you ever been embarrassed to ask a question in class? Have you ever had a question but the professor has moved on? With AnonyQ, educators can track the questions in the class, choosing to answer now or later!
Many of the attendees at this Startup Weekend Education were first time Startup Weekend participants. For many of these attendees, the prize is not just having a product at the end of the experience but a network of new connections and learning core elements of entrepreneurship. We are excited to welcome in new entrepreneurs to the Dallas startup community, which continues to grow everyday!
Dallas loves to support its startup community. We had many community partners and sponsors who made the weekend possible. We are especially grateful for the many mentor coaches and judges who gave their time to refine each team’s work, showing them what it takes to turn an idea into a viable business!
An enormous thanks to The Dallas Entrepreneur Center for sponsoring the event.
Winning Teams Have Opportunity Participate In Global Startup Battle!
Each team had the opportunity to submit a pitch to Global Startup Battle.
You can support your Dallas startup community by voting for the Dallas entries! Voting opens TODAY! Follow along on Twitter @SWDallasEDU for the links to vote as they come out!
h/t Portland, Maine SW for curating these resources! Collaboration FTW!
This event locally powered by…
START WITH THE BASICS:
How to Kick Ass at a Startup Weekend: 5 Tools to Build a Winning Product. (Because we are all here to kick ass, RIGHT?)
STARTUP WEEKEND PITCH RESOURCES:
Friday night (60-second pitches) should include the following:
- Problem & Why Now
- Revenue Model
- “Tell Your Story in 60 Seconds” (Entrepreneur Magazine)
- Mark Suster, “How To Run More Effective Presentations and Get Better Results“- useful, extensive discussion of understanding the personalities of who you are presenting to, and how to adapt.
- Quora, “What Should Be In A Pitch Deck” – ranked answers (need to join first, but it’s free)
- Marty Zwillig, “10 Funding Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Skip“
- Mark Suster, “The Importance of the Narrative“
- Guy Kawasaki, “Raising Money: What To Say And What Not To Believe“- links to pitch/business plan templates in Powerpoint, Word and Excel plus his list of ten lies by entrepreneurs, and ten lies by investors.
- Ryan Spoon, “How to Create An Early Stage Pitch Deck” – on Slideshare
- INC, “How To Write A Better Elevator Pitch“
- Sample Pitch Decks:
- Youphonics (16 slides, angel round raise)
- Mint.com(pre-launch, post-initial financing)
- Tipfrom.Me (simple visuals tell the story)
- Everest (online NOT Powerpoint)
SUNDAY NIGHT JUDGING CRITERIA
Sunday night’s presentations are 5 minutes and include slides or video demonstrations. Universal Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighed equally):
Business Model: The heart of it all. If you haven’t got answers to these questions, you’ve spent too much time on frills & features and need to get back to the basics:
Who is your customer?
What is your core value proposition?
What are your key activities?
What are your revenue streams?
What is your cost structure?
Who/what are your key partners/resources?
What are your distribution channels?
What is your rollout strategy?
Customer Validation: Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better.
Execution: The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build over the weekend? Even the strongest of Business Plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give Judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team. This is what truly matters: investors don’t invest as in ideas so much as teams.
SUGGESTED ONLINE RESOURCES
Global Startup Battle – From the team at Global Startup Battle, resources to learn all about the prizes and the competition!
Don’t miss out on the almost two dozen offers for attendees. These discounts are worth thousands! Take advantage of them!
Make sure to get your .co domain and all the Amazon Web Services. Codes to redeem these resources will come out in your Saturday Morning Email Blast
Startup Weekend Resources – from the smart folks at Startup Weekend headquarters comes this comprehensive list of resources covering helpful apps, market research, keyword research, traffic research, presentation tools, finances, web hosting and much more. Definitely worth taking the time to become familiar with these resources before the big weekend!
PickFu.com Survey Tool to get feedback on marketing presentation. Coupon code will be in your Saturday Morning email blast!
Steve Blank Startup Tools – an amazing list from Silicon Valley’s #1 entrepreneurship educator. Scroll down to find resources for Website Domain Names, Create Websites, Surveys, Product Launch Tools and much more.
Startup Weekend Education: A Place For Designers + Developers
There has never been a more opportune time for technologists to learn and grow in the education technology sector. Increased awareness of the need for new education solutions has led to huge private and public investment in technology to drive student learning.
Education technology startups raised over a half billion dollars in Q1 this year. There are so many factors playing into this boom — growing market alignment around standards like the Common Core, broad access to mobile technology, and increased openness to diverse models of schooling to name a few.