Why Startup Weekend is the Place for You

Startup Weekend Gainesville starts October 23rd, 2015

So, you want to be an entrepreneur.

Whether you’re already obsessed with a killer idea, are housing a burning passion for building or infatuated with the art of creating, then Startup Weekend is the place for you to start your journey.


The turnaround is fast. We mean really fast.
From the idea to the final pitch, you’ve only got 54 hours to work your magic. It’s amazingly fun, challenging and stressful. It’s a taste of what real entrepreneurship can be like.

It’s a chance to network with new people.
A lot of people come into town for Startup Weekend. It’s an event filled with people of different backgrounds, expertise and startup advice. It’s a perfect opportunity to bounce your thoughts off of someone nothing like you.  Be ready to chat up designers, investors, developers, mentors, business leaders and more.

It’s a place to get risky.
Take risks and put yourself out there. That’s what Startup Weekend is all about. You don’t have to be an expert to participate and that’s the beauty of the whole thing. Shed your insecurities and get messy.

It’s fu**ing fun.
There’s really no better feeling than collaborating on incredible projects with your community. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (hopefully tears of joy) and you’ll have a blast. 

Startup Weekend is a one-of-a-kind experience.
See you there!

11 Key Questions for Preparing Your Pitch

Startup Weekend Gainesville starts October 23rd, 2015

We’ve all heard the importance of an elevator pitch. It’s the standard 30 – 60 seconds of the who, what, when, where and why of your idea. It’s your moment to sell someone on your startup dream. Fast.

It seems daunting to try and squeeze all of your information into a thorough, but memorable 60 seconds.

We’re here to help.

First step? Relax. Remember that you know your idea and your business better than anyone. If anyone can “wow” someone with this idea, it’s you.

When preparing your pitch, ask yourself (and your team) the following questions.

  1. What is your idea?
  2. What is unique about your idea?
  3. How important is it?
  4. Who are the users?
  5. What are the most important needs for the users of your idea?
  6. What is the effect of your idea?
  7. How do the users benefit from your idea?
  8. What benefits does your idea have compared to similar ideas?
  9. What are the biggest risks?
  10. Who are your main competitors?
  11. What prevents them from doing the same as you?

Most importantly, when you pitch an idea at Startup Weekend, remember that your experience is about more than those 60 seconds. Be proud of the fact that you turned an idea into business in just 54 hours and be confident.

We look forward to hearing your pitch!