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What can be more important when you take a decision that being informed? Due to Techstars Startup Weekend experience with more that 2.9k events organized all around the world, we could answer to the most #10 common questions.

What should you know?

#1 IS THIS EVENT FOR ME?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Techstars Startup Weekend attendee backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

#2 DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE ALL THREE DAYS?
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. However, if you feel curious about the Sunday Presentation, check the registration page for Sunday pitch ticket.

#3 HOW DO I REGISTER?

Please see our ticketing page at swbtickets.eventbrite.com for all tickets type. Please note the different ticket types: Business, Designer, Developer and Industry expert.

Business ticket: This ticket type applies to business, marketing & PR, and anyone looking to learn how to launch a product.

Designer ticket: This ticket type applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc.) or creative in any area and is interested in learning to how work together in an interdisciplinary team.

Developer: This ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers – in short, anybody who can and will write code and want to learn how to build a validated product.

Industry expert: This ticket type applies to anyone who is a subject matter expert in their area. To give you an example. you can be an expert in an industry (like beverages, health, sports , entertainment), a technology, (AI/VR/AR, blockchain, biomechanics, electronics), or a theme (education, law, video games, pets, youth, etc).

#4 DO I NEED A TEAM?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Techstars Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.

#5 WHAT TICKET TYPE SHOULD I PURCHASE TO PITCH AN IDEA?
Pitching is open to every attendee! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.

#6 WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE EVENT?
Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamilar with the location, reach out  team to ask for nearby recommendations.

#7 DO I HAVE TO PITCH AN IDEA TO ATTEND?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

#8 WHERE CAN I FIND A SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT?
You can find the schedule on the event website.

#9 WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Laptop
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

#10 HOW DO I PREPARE?

  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem you are trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get familiar with our tools for the weekend, head over to startupweekend.org/resources
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.
Monica Zara