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Startup Weekend is, by definition, an event based on experiential education. This0318_sb_readerquestions_630x420 means that we’re more into learning by doing. However, there are some guidelines that can help you have a better understanding on the game rules.

1. What kind of ideas can I pitch at the event?

Although Startup Weekend events are focused on building (some) tech products, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. We welcome all the creative and out of the box ideas that can be turned into businesses. But of course, any business needs at least a website, doesn’t it?

2. How do I pitch the idea, if I don’t have enough experience in presenting?

If you are not an experienced public speaker, that is not a problem. We will offer you guidelines to make sure you transmit all the necessary information when pitching. Before the demos, Startup Weekend mentors will be there to get you through pitching, marketing and design to help you put an awesome presentation together.

3. What if they steal my idea?

Out of millions and billions of ideas, we’re pretty sure that no one would actually try to steal your idea. After all, it’s the implementation that makes an idea a total hit.

4. Is this Startup Weekend for me?

According to UP, Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). From what we’ve experienced, the one thing unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship, interested in working with like-minded, motivated and skilled people to develop a product during a weekend.

5. Why do I have to pay?

The 7 meals, snack & drinks surely attract some bills. Actually, in most of the cases, the ticket doesn’t even cover the costs. But we’re lucky to have our supporting sponsors: Everseen, Telekom Romania, Save Patatoes, Casa Automata, Symme3D, Techsylvania and Mentagram.

6. What should I bring with me?

You should bring everything that fuels your work and creativity: power cord, business cards, phone, mood for work, etc. We’ll get sure that you won’t get out of coffee!

7. How do I prepare?

We advise you to do some research before coming to SWTimisoara no.4. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you polish your idea and have a better understanding of what Startup Weekend truly means. Moreover, you should also rehearse your pitch; try to make the most of those 60 seconds to conquer both the audience and determine the best tech skilled people in the room to join your team.

If your questions are not on this list, you can also watch this video on ‘Startup Weekend First Timers’ or drop us a line at timisoara@startupweekend.org.


Ana Maria Radu