StartUp Weekend Riga

Augstskola RISEBA sadarbībā ar biedrību StartupLatvia organizē pasākumu Startup Weekend Riga, kas norisināsies no 22. maija līdz 24. maijam augstskolas RISEBA telpās H2O6, Ūdens 6 ielā.

„Startup Weekend Riga” ir 54-stundu garš pasākums, kas ir izmodelēts tā, lai nodrošinātu labāko uz praktiskas darbības pieredzes balstītu izglītību tehniskajiem un netehniskajiem uzņēmējiem un ideju autoriem. Nedēļas nogales pasākums ir vērsts uz darbību, inovāciju un izglītību un tā laikā dalībniekiem ir izaicinājums izveidot jauniesācējuzņēmumus (startup) un spēt sadarboties ar līdzīgi domājošiem indivīdiem ārpus sava ikdienas kontaktu tīkla.

Pasākuma programma sākas piektdienas vakarā ar autoru ideju „pitčosanu” (prezentēšanu), 10 ideju izvēli un darba grupu izveidi katrai idejai. Nākamajās dienaš pasākums turpināsies ar ideju testēšanu, biznesa modeļa attīstību un produkta pamata prototipa radīšanu, kā arī praktiskiem semināriem un atbalstu no pieredzējušiem mentoriem. „Startup Weekend” programma noslēgsies svētdienas vakarā ar komandas darba rezultātu prezentāciju žūrijai, kas sastāv no potenciālajiem riska kapitāla investoriem, atbalsta programmu vadītājiem un vietējiem uzņēmējiem.

Vidēji aptuveni 50% „Startup Weekend Riga” mērķauditorijas pārstāvji ir saistīti ar informācijas tehnoloģijām (programmatūras izstrādātāji, web dizaineri u.c.), un uz 50% saistīti ar uzņēmējdarbību un vadīšanu (uzņēmēji, mārketinga un finanšu vadītāji, produktu vadītāji u.c.). Globālā aptauja liecina, ka 29% Startup Weekend dalībnieku apmeklē pasākumu savā kontaktu tīkla paplašināšanai, 20% vēlas attīstīt / veidot produktu, un 13%, lai uzzinātu, kā izveidot jaunu biznesu. Aptuveni 80% no komandu dalībniekiem plāno turpināt strādāt pie pasākuma laikā izveidotā jaunuzņēmuma arī pēc nedēļas nogalēs pasākuma beigām.

Dalībai projektā aicinām pieteikties IT speciālistus, uzņēmējus, uzņēmējdarbības attīstītājus, projektu vadītājus, studentus, ideju autorus, kā arī personas, kas sapņo un vēlas kļūt par uzņēmējiem, un kuri būtu ieinteresēti veidot sadarbību ar informāciju tehnoloģiju speciālistiem, lai uz sadarbības bāzes dibinot jaunus Latvijas uzņēmumus ar starptautisku izaugsmes potenciālu.

Ko Tu iegūsi “Startup Weekend Riga”?

  • Izglītību;
  • Kontaktu tīklu;
  • Līdzdibinātāju iepazīšanās;
  • Jaunas prasmes;
  • Uzsākt uzņēmējdarbību;
  • Mentoru atbalsts;
  • Piekļuve vērtīgiem Startup resursiem;

Startup Weekend Riga ir unikāls projekts, jo uz to iespējams atnākt tikai ar iedvesmu un entuziasmu, bet aiziet ar jau izveidoto startup uzņēmuma komandu.

Informācija par pasākumu programmu un reģistrēšanos pasākumam, kā ari pasākuma mentoriem un lektoriem (angļu valodā) pieejama šeit 

Pasākums notiks angļu valodā.

Sekojiet Startup Weekend Riga sociālajos tīklos:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWRiga

Twitter: @swriga








Pitch your idea in 60 seconds

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Here is a rough guideline of how to spend your precious 60 seconds.

  • 5-10 seconds – Who are you (and what you bring to the idea)?
  • 10-20 seconds – What is the problem? Who is suffering from this problem?
  • 10-20 seconds – How do you intend to solve it? Why is it better than alternatives?
  • 5-10 seconds – Who do you need?

Give your idea a name so people can remember you and your idea when it comes time to voting and team formation.

Some other observations from the info session last night and from our experience in the past:

  • Be interesting and approachable. You want people to want to work with you all weekend long.
  • Be relatable and understandable. People are much more inclined to work on problems that they can identify with and understand. Tell a story if you can rather than listing a series of bullet points.
  • Propose a simple solution. You only have 54 hours after all. If it simple and understandable, it will be easier to execute over the weekend.
  • Prepare! No one wants to see you run out of time, and 60 seconds will come fast. More prepared pitches will get better support.

Obviously this isn’t a set of rules written in stone, but it’s intended to give you some guidelines and an idea on how to prepare. Make it your own, have fun, and put yourself out there.

See you soon!








StartupWeekend Firtstimer's FAQ

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  • What happens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?

  • 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 favorites, 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 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!)

 

  • What types of ideas can I pitch?

 

Any business ideas are eligible (whether for-profit, ‘social’ businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.

 

  • Can I pitch more than 1 idea?

  • Depending on the number of ideas pitched and the schedule, you may or may not be able to pitch multiple ideas. Prioritize your ideas: pitch your best idea (and the one you have most prepared for) first.

 

  • Can I pitch my existing business?

  • No. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

  • How do I protect against people stealing my idea?

  • The short answer is that you can’t. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t yet been thought of (which it almost surely isn’t), the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. The truth is that over 90% of ideas pitched at any given Startup Weekend have already been pitched – probably many times – in the past. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one, but rather that what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea.“One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion”

 

  • What if my idea doesn’t get selected?

  • The purpose of the Friday crowd-sourcing isn’t to exclude certain ideas, but simply to highlight the most popular/high-potential pitches and end up with a manageable number of teams – ensuring that each team has a variety of backgrounds/skills. If your idea isn’t selected but you’ve formed a team around the idea, you’re welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organizer, as this may be an issue regarding your teams’ eligibility for prizes.

 

  • Am I expected to work nonstop for 54 hours?

  • No. At some events, certain teams will decide to work all through Friday and/or Saturday night, but this is by no means obligatory or expected. Whether or not you are allowed to work at the venue at night depends on the venue’s opening hours – please ask your event’s Organizer.

 

  • What resources/assistance is provided over the weekend?

  • A key part of every Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event’s Speakers and Coaches. In the spirit of “No Talk, All Action” we try to keep talks short and sweet, focusing on practical issues (i.e. “how to give a persuasive pitch”, “best approaches to customer validation”) that can actually help you and your team better achieve your weekend goals. Mentors – community experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, finance, law, and more – dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams.In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), we’ve also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend. It will be announced via the event dedicated closed group on Facebook.

 

  • How do teams address the issue of IP/ownership?

  • As with any startup, the team decides. Startup Weekend doesn’t support or take part in the signing of any legal documents at the events themselves, and while Mentors with legal backgrounds are often present and able to give general advice, they are not permitted to give specific legal counsel.While it doesn’t hurt to be clear about your individual expectations from the start, we’ve found that teams who don’t spend time addressing this issue until it actually matters (i.e., there is a tangible product to have ownership of) are much more productive and successful than those who do.

  • What are we supposed to have accomplished/present on Sunday?

  • While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model, and Execution (see below).As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

 

  • Wireframes or fully developed website;

  • Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)

  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)

  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)Live product demos

  • Skits

 

  • What is the purpose and benefits of the competition?

  • Competition is not a central theme of Startup Weekend, and this is often reflected in the broad, horizontal allocation of prizes and general flexibility/leniency of the event ‘rules.’ If and when the competitive aspect comes into conflict with the positive atmosphere we try to cultivate, we consistently choose the latter.We do believe, however, that friendly competition is beneficial to all parties and, most importantly, more accurately reflects the realities of startup life. Just as it’s important to gather ‘real-world’ feedback over the weekend, it’s also important to have real-world pressures and obstacles.

 








StartupWeekend Firtstimer's FAQ

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  • Is this event for me?

Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!

  • Can I attend without participating on a team?

At most Startup Weekends, a “Sunday Presentations Only” registration option is available for those wishing to view the teams’ final presentations. (Please check the registration page of your city’s website for availability.)However, apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate on a team. 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.

  • How do I register?

Every Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website http://riga.up.co/events/5857 with a registration page. Please see our events page at startupweekend.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events.If registration is not open, ticketing has either not yet opened or is already sold out. Please respect the different event ticket types: if Business tickets are sold out and you fall into the Business category, you’ll have to wait for the next event (which won’t be far off!). This is an important part of our efforts to maintain a balance between attendees’ backgrounds/skill-sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.

  • Why do I pay?

The majority of your ticket price goes towards paying the 7 meals, snacks, and drinks that we provide over the weekend. In fact, ticket sales rarely cover even such basic bottom-line costs! We rely on local sponsorships to help keep ticket prices low while keeping the value of the event high.

  • What do the multiple ticket types mean?

As Organizers, we strive to maintain an event ratio of ‘Technical’ (i.e., those whose skill-sets include software development or coding, graphic design, etc.) and ‘Non-technical’ (i.e. those with backgrounds in business, marketing, finance, etc.) participants. One of our most consistent pieces of feedback is that this ratio is of the utmost importance to ensuring a high-quality event for everyone.Therefore, we ask that you only purchase tickets in the category which describes your background.

  • What should I bring?

    • Laptop

    • Power cord

    • Business cards

    • Camera – take pictures and video!

    • A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!

    • Lots of creative energy!

  • How do I prepare?

    • Do some research into startup tools and best practices to get ready to rock the weekend – start with our database of resources at  startupweekend.org/resources  Make sure you get lots of rest prior to the event, and finally – tell your friends!If you plan on pitching an idea:

    • Do as much research/preparation around your idea as you feel is necessary to give a persuasive pitch and attract a team.

    • Boil the idea down to the basics: with 60 seconds, you only really have time for a hook, so pull out the most attractive key points of the idea and forget the rest.

    • Practice your pitch using a timer!

To be continied…

 

See you soon!

Startup Weekend Riga Organizers Team

 








Judging criteria at Startup Weekend Riga

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Universal Startup Weekend’s judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model Validation – Who are their key partners? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What is the cost and revenue breakdown?
  • Product Execution – Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Were they able to demo something functional?
  • User Experience Design – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model and Execution. As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website
  • Mobile App (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos

 

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See you soon!

 

Startup Weekend Riga Organizers Team

 








How to Get the Most Out of Startup Weekend

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Have you ever felt the urge to:

    •  Lock yourself in a room with 300 people for 54 hours
    •  Test your limits of sleep deprivation
    • Get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts around?

If the answer is yes, then chances are, you’re a crazy-ass entrepreneur and you should probably check out your local Startup Weekend.

It isn’t always pretty. It will be one of the most gruelling, mentally-draining weekends of your life. You will go at 1000 miles/hour, and guess what? It still won’t be fast enough.

But, if you can stick it out, you will have gained the equivalent of months worth of learning, building, and networking in one weekend. Hell, you might even start your first company. Itworked for Groupnotes.

But you need to prepare before showing up. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

Without further ado, here’s the lowdown on making the most out of Startup Weekend.

1. Make Friends with the Makers

By the end of the first hour, you better be buds with at least one developer.

You will be in a room with 300-400 high-energy entrepreneurs – and everyone wants to meet people. You need to very quickly narrow in on the people that you need to meet. The worst thing you can do is team up with clones of yourself. You need to find people with complementary programming and business skills to help build, test, and validate your product.

You might be talking to your future co-founders, developers, or idea generators. But remember, you won’t have a product unless you have people who can help you build.

2. Know How to Pitch: It’s All About the Story

“You’re not just selling your story — you’re selling yourself” says Matt Gardner of Groupnotes, the 2012 Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle winners. If you want the people you meet to become life-long mentors and friends – you better make yourself stand out.

You’ll be in a room full of 300 people who are vying for each others’ attention. If you aren’t able to express who you are and what you want to do clearly and quickly, people will have trouble connecting with and remembering you.

Here’s the kicker – all of your hard work boils down to a 5-minute pitch with a demo.

Ahead of time, you’re not gonna know what the hell you need to say, but there are some things that you can practice.

 

  1. Look at the judging criteria ahead of time so that you’ll rock all the sections.
  2. If your pitch is less than 5 minutes, you should only have one person up there. Make sure that you pick somebody awesome. Make sure that they have a bulletproof understanding of the business.
  3. Give someone the job of brainstorming the hardest questions that the judges will ask. Figure out how to respond to all of these questions from vertical integration to alternate routes to monetization, competitors, etc.

What is Matt Gardner’s #1 piece pitch advice? Focus on validation: “if you cannot prove that this product is needed and has demand, you don’t have a product”.

3. Don’t Build a Company: Build a Product

Entire companies aren’t built in 54 hours. If you’re planning to sit around and form a fully-fledged new venture, Startup Weekend will be a total waste of time. It’s all about kicking ass at one thing —  developing your product.

Leverage the expertise of your mentors to build a strategic plan and core business model around it. Don’t worry about the administrative stuff — that doesn’t need to be perfect. If you focus on a building a quality product, you’ll find that that is what continues to have value beyond Startup Weekend.

4. Expect that People Will Leave

People often sign up for Startup Weekend without really knowing what to expect. Some people will love it, others will go running for the hills. And that is not the end of the world.

Focus on building trust and motivating your team. When people feel like a valued member of the group, they will want to stick around. “Everyone on the team has their specialty, and you need to be able to trust that they will get the work done on time and with good quality”, says Matt. Things get pretty damn brutal, and it can be tempting to quit. But if people are motivated and engaged, nothing will be able to drag them away.

5. Build Your Network: Take Coffee Breaks with 15 People

From your peers to mentors, everyone at Startup Weekend is there because they really, genuinely want to be there. Experienced entrepreneurs are busy as hell, but they volunteer at Startup Weekend for one reason — they love to help and give valuable advice.

If you do it right, you’ll be able to capitalize on that good will for years to come. “Don’t just talk to them, listen to what they have to say” explains Matt Gardner,  “their opinions may be wildly different from how you think, but that’s a good thing – they will help play devil’s advocate”.

These are some of the coolest relationships that you’ll form in your life. You never know where your peers are going to be in a few years, and you never know who will become your most trusted advisors. Most importantly, you ever know what you will learn about yourself.

Have fun. Bond. Make time for 1:1s. At the very least, you’ll have a great conversation.

For many, Startup Weekend is the start of something bigger, so make it count.

 

This post originally appeared on http://blog.clarity.fm/

 








5 Tips to prepare yourself for Startup Weekend Riga May 22-24, 2015

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1. Come prepared

First you have to make sure you read the F.A.Q page before the event.

2. Pick Your Idea

If you already have an idea, you would want to pitch it in the event, and form a team around it to develop it into something you can actually share with the world. You need to make sure that your idea can be implemented by a small team into a working prototype in just a weekend.

3. Perfect presentation for pitching

There will be no presentation slides at the event , you will have to count on your presentation skills. Make sure to have everyone inspired by only 60 seconds explaining  your idea, vision , what your idea will offer to people & how you will get profit.

4. Practice The Pitch

Start pitching the idea to friends around you before coming into the event you will have to practice pitching your idea in 60 seconds because this is the real time you will pitch at Startup Weekend Riga.

This will help you shape the idea and practice the pitch. The more practice you get the more prepared you’ll be with pitching your idea.

5. Give it All you’ve got

Startup Weekend is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Give it all you’ve got, never give up and always push forward.

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co








Judging criteria

Universal Startup Weekend’s judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model Validation – Who are their key partners? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What is the cost and revenue breakdown?
  • Product Execution – Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Were they able to demo something functional?
  • User Experience Design – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model and Execution. As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website
  • Mobile App (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos

See you soon!








5 Tips to prepare yourself for Startup Weekend Liepāja

Startup Weekend Liepaja is coming up fast, so we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help you make the most out of it. The weekend will pass by quickly, but as long as you keep a few things in mind, you’ll be in control of your time. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Come prepared

First you have to make sure you read the F.A.Q page before the event.

2. Pick Your Idea

If you already have an idea, you would want to pitch it in the event, and form a team around it to develop it into something you can actually share with the world. You need to make sure that your idea can be implemented by a small team into a working prototype in just a weekend.

3. Perfect presentation for pitching

There will be no presentation slides at the event , you will have to count on your presentation skills. Make sure to have everyone inspired by only 60 seconds explaining  your idea, vision , what your idea will offer to people & how you will get profit.

4. Practice The Pitch

Start pitching the idea to friends around you before coming into the event you will have to practice pitching your idea in 60 seconds because this is the real time you will pitch at Startup Weekend Liepāja.

This will help you shape the idea and practice the pitch. The more practice you get the more prepared you’ll be with pitching your idea.

5. Give it All you’ve got

Startup Weekend is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Give it all you’ve got, never give up and always push forward.








Pitch your idea in 60 seconds

Here is a rough guideline of how to spend your precious 60 seconds.

  • 5-10 seconds – Who are you (and what you bring to the idea)?
  • 10-20 seconds – What is the problem? Who is suffering from this problem?
  • 10-20 seconds – How do you intend to solve it? Why is it better than alternatives?
  • 5-10 seconds – Who do you need?

Give your idea a name so people can remember you and your idea when it comes time to voting and team formation.

Some other observations from the info session last night and from our experience in the past:

  • Be interesting and approachable. You want people to want to work with you all weekend long.
  • Be relatable and understandable. People are much more inclined to work on problems that they can identify with and understand. Tell a story if you can rather than listing a series of bullet points.
  • Propose a simple solution. You only have 54 hours after all. If it simple and understandable, it will be easier to execute over the weekend.
  • Prepare! No one wants to see you run out of time, and 60 seconds will come fast. More prepared pitches will get better support.

Obviously this isn’t a set of rules written in stone, but it’s intended to give you some guidelines and an idea on how to prepare. Make it your own, have fun, and put yourself out there.

See you soon!

 

 

 

Startup Weekend Liepaja

November 14th, 2014

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