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Startup Weekend Fredericton
March 20th, 2015

As we draw closer to Startup Weekend New Brunswick edition, we hope you are all excited as we are! To get everyone prepared, I thought I would put a post out explaining the format and introduce two community workshops we are hosting.

Friday: Participants arrive between 5-7 PM, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the Facilitator, there will typically be 1 short speech on practical topics ranging from Pitching Best Practices to Lean Startup Methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props needed for Friday. It will just be you and a mic. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favourites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.

Saturday: Teams will work all day, with the be selected to be worked on over the weekend. occasional breaks to eat or listen to 1-2 short talks. Coaches will be circulating to provide concrete advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.

Sunday: Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and/or presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin: each team typically has 5 minutes plus 2-3 minutes Q&A from the jury (this varies occasionally.) The jury will select the top teams, give out prizes (if applicable), and the event ends (and celebration begins!)

Workshops: In order to get everyone ready for the weekend, we are organizing two free community workshops. The goal of these workshops is to provide you with the tools and information needed to get the most out of the weekend. The first workshop will be held on March 12 at the Fredericton Public Library between 12pm to 1pm. The second workshop will be held on March 13 at UNB (GE126) from 4:30pm to 6pm. To sweeten the deal, snacks will be provided during the workshops!The workshops will cover two very important skills that every entrepreneur must master. The first is to effectively pitch your idea and get your audience excited. The second is familiarity and mastery of the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model. These two tools will be very important for Startup Weekend, and crucial for your entrepreneurial career.

We hope to see you there and best of luck during Startup Weekend!

Saquib Kothawala