Global Startup Battle is Back!

gsbbGlobal Startup Battle (GSB) returns for its fifth year this November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

From November 14 – 24, 2014, entrepreneurial communities around the world are joining forces to create the largest startup competition in the world – Global Startup Battle. Last year there were 15,000 participants at 167 events across 40 countries and more than $500,000 in prizes.

What’s new for GSB this year?

All new regional battles, new cities and bootcamps! As always, there will also be big prizes, a global audience, themed battles, mentorship opportunities and more. Take a look at our event infographic from last year for a quick overview.

Why participate in GSB 2014?

  • Become a part of a global movement to strengthen entrepreneurship in communities around the world.

  • Join thousands of  entrepreneurs in over 100 countries to rally together in the name of innovation and community each year

  • Build relationships with mentors and high profile entrepreneurs

Interested in participating in a GSB event? Sign up for updates!

How do you participate in GSB 2014?

1. Sign up for Startup Weekend Johor Bahru happening 14th to 16th November 2014.

2. Come up with the best innovative and creative startup during SWJB and be one of the top teams during the event!

3. You will qualify to enter Global Startup Battle 2014!

The story behind GSB:

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

Dear Students, why join Startup Weekend JB 2014?

10151776_10152177015459580_3028647831890664740_nGoing for a Startup Weekend is like a roller coaster. At first, you are unsure and doubting whether you should be joining this event or not. And after you have completed the whole three days event, you get off the roller coaster and line up to get back on again.

From my experience, as a student without prior preparation before my first Startup Weekend, I learned 3 things:

Number One: There is a bigger world outside your university life and you shouldn’t be afraid to explore it. Personally, I have always been contented with staying within my comfort zone and find it difficult to talk to people outside my social circle. I got too comfortable in my own environment that when I am thrown into the outside world, I will be petrified. Sure, I can make do with a nervous chuckle and an awkward, “Hello” but after a while, you’ll realize that you can’t carry a conversation. So, go out and explore, meet new people and talk to them. You will find that there are so many things out there for you to find out and learn.

Number Two: Mistakes will be made but that’s okay. In my first Startup Weekend, my team and I worked on an idea which ungracefully popped into my head in the same morning I met them. A little sidenote to make is that I look older than I actually am, so, my team indirectly elected me to take charge for the rest of the three days. Keep in mind that this was my first Startup Weekend and that I had no experience whatsoever beforehand, so, the terms minimum viable products, the lean startup model, market validation confused and seriously scared the crap out of me. Mistakes were made, our minimum viable product was a powerpoint presentation and I used the term, “Fremium model” without knowing what it actually meant.

But you know what, that’s okay. It is alright to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Startup Weekend is a great place to learn because you are surrounded with not only students but also founders, co-founders, techies, designers and business developers who know their stuff. Being a student has its advantages because you are forgiven when you make mistakes. You won’t have this chance once you enter the working industry, so make mistakes while you still can.

Number Three: Don’t doubt, just do.Three days to work on a startup idea does not give you much time to daydream. That’s three days to cook up an idea, consider the business model, build a minimum viable product and practice your pitch. But one thing I did learn from this is that action speaks louder than words. Back in university, we’re bound by restrictions in terms of what to say and write during assignments and presentations that you will realize that nothing much actually gets done. During these three days, you will experience a whirlwind of events happening all at the same time and it challenges you on how you will deal with each of these issues at the same time. You will not have time to think about them, but you will have to solve them. Action speaks louder than words. You will learn how to walk the walk during these three days.

I hope that you are not intimidated by my experience but believe me when I say this. Startup Weekend changed my perspective on a lot of things that are happening around me. It is definitely a great opportunity that I highly encourage you, as a fellow student, to join because of the many things you can learn from which textbooks really cannot offer you.

Written by a fellow student,

Jiaway Koh

What can you do in 54 hours ?

SWJB_What can you do in 54 hours

Have you ever wonder how your typical weekend can be more exciting? What can you do in 54 hours? Is it possible to create a startup just over the weekend within 54 hours? YES! It all happens in Startup Weekend Johor Bahru.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hours event designed to provide hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs find out if their startup ideas are viable. The event kick starts on Friday evening, where ideas are being pithed in 1 minute format, teams get formed and brain storming starts. The teams will not focus on customer development, idea validation, but also applying lean startup methodology, business model canvas and building a minimum viable product (MVP) throughout the weekend. Finally on Sunday evening, each team will present and demonstrate their MVP in 5 minutes, followed by Q&A sessions, receiving valuable feedback from the panel of judges.

Being forced under extreme tight datelines, you have no time to waste. You need to hustle and get the best hacker and hipster available as your team members. You’re gonna only have time for what’s truly necessary in the MVP. Test yourself of sleep deprivation, get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts and squeeze your creativity juice till the max to come out with that scalable business model. Remember, there’s not time to talk, its all about action !

And now you might start to wonder, what do I get out of the weekend? A real company? Am I going to be an expert in running a startup? No, hell no!

  • We are going to make you fail ! Fail faster enough to realise what’s not going to work so that you can pivot fast. So you will learn to accept failures.
  • We will to take you out of your comfort zone ! Meet new people. Learn new skills. Who knows, someone might be your co-founder?
  • We are going to get you into the community ! There’s no better person who understands you unless he is going through the same journey. Your entrepreneurial journey will not be lonely. There’s a group of people who’ve been there, be there, willing to share their experience with you.

Finally, you’ll have lots of fun over the weekend. Business shouldn’t be so serious isn’t it? We are going to have a good time laughing, cracking jokes, taking selfies, eating & drinking together.

What else can you ask for? 54 hours, ONE weekend. It’s short, yet fruitful and memorable when you look back, think of it someday in future. Startup Weekend make your best weekend for life.

Join us at Startup Weekend Johor Bahru, 14th to 16th November 2014 at Menara MSC Cyberport, JB.