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This video shows some of the highlights of Startup Weekend Phnom Penh in November 2014.

Registrations still open for Startup Weekend Siem Reap in less than 2 weeks! Get tickets at http://bit.ly/SWsiemreap








10 Awesome Things I'm Going to Do While Facilitating Startup Weekend Miami Diversity

To close out UP Global’s Editions Month campaign, I’ll be hosting a diversity edition of Startup Weekend in Miami. To be held at VentureHive, one of Miami’s top startup accelerators, this event is lead by Paula Celestino, a previous Startup Weekend Tampa winner who co-founded KlosetKarma from her experience, an app that monetizes your wardrobe.

While this is not my first time in the glorious state of Florida, this is my first time in Miami, which means I’ll be full of regret if I do not accomplish the following.

1. Take a photo of myself wearing pastel colors.

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I prefer to wear darker tones (black, grey, blue, etc.) – and this will not do in sunny south Florida. Fortunately Miami is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so I should be in good hands.

2. Find a proper place to “get jiggy with it.”

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Yes, like to most of you, Will Smith is pretty much the cultural ambassador of Miami to the rest of the country. My goal is to find out exactly what he was talking about in that video so many years ago. Also, I now feel super old.

3. Eat the best Cuban sandwich I can find.

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This is all Jon Favreau’s fault. I had my first Cuban ever… in Seattle. I can only presume that somewhere in Miami will patronize that experience … by welcoming me as their patron… perhaps serving it with some Patron?

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4. Try to look somewhat sexy through salsa dancing.

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Of all the items on this list, I am the most confident in accomplishing this one.

5. Jump sideways while pretending to fire two guns in air.

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The ish is gonna get REAL.

6. Find some Heat merchandise for my brother-in-law.

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For reasons I do not understand, my Filipino brother really likes the Miami Heat. I’ll have to get him a Wade jersey to help him through the tough times.

7. See if I look good walking around South Beach in a speedo.

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Of all the items on this list, this is the one I am least confident in accomplishing.

8. Learn some Spanish. After all, this is America.

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During my brief time in UP Global, I worked with an amazing bilingual team and wish I could communicate with them on their level. I only learned how to laugh. Jajaja.

9. “Seriously, Paula. We’re going dancing, right?”

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I will start a dance party AT the event if I have to. Speaking of which…

10. Inspire a new community of Miamians into the startup life.

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Of course, the greatest thrill of all is to pass on the experiences that I had at Startup Weekend to a new community. I am especially proud to be a part of an event that’s emphasizing diversity and openness – one of the fundamental tenets of UP Global is “radical inclusion,” where everyone should have a chance to experience what’s it like to be an entrepreneur.

Just a few weeks away. I can’t wait to get this show started!

Lee Ngo, Facilitator
Startup Weekend Miami Diversity

Lee Ngo is an UP Global community leader based in Pittsburgh, PA.








Let's talk about the birds and the B2Bs

New York City will host its first business-to-business (B2B) themed Startup Weekend event on May 15-17, sponsored by Intuit. In preparation for this event, we gathered a panel of experts and passionate entrepreneurs at WeWork Fulton Center on April 29th to share inside knowledge and firsthand stories about some of toughest challenges in launching a B2B startup. If you missed the B2B panel event or want to relive the highlights, here is a recap of all the top inside tips and takeaways.

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Moderator Cyndi Knapic with our panelists: Jeff Ragovin, Meredith Wood, Yves Lawson and Marisa Garcia

Defining B2B (vs B2C)

At its core, a B2B is a business supplying a service/product to another business. Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief at Fundera, highlighted that B2B companies aim to address a real need, whether it is to streamline processes or increase efficiencies, whereas there is more “want” involved in the purchase decision for business-to-consumer (B2C) products. Wood also noted that there is often a larger barrier to entry when starting a B2B company and stressed the importance of market trust, which was echoed by all the panelists. At a B2C level, the purchase decision ultimately affects the one consumer, but at a B2B level, the decision could impact tens, thousands of people, hence the additional barriers and security/privacy concerns.

The panel was quick to address other differences such as pointing out that B2B sales models are completely different and often more complex. For example, the sale of a candy bar to an individual, which only involves the store and the customer, was compared to the licensing of a candy bar which involves a whole team of lawyers and licensing agreements. For a B2C company, the challenge is to spread the product far and wide. Conversely, for B2B companies, Marisa Garcia, Director of Retail Engagement at JOOR, addressed the need to focus on building good relationships that lead to success. She encouraged attendees to identify key players, validating your product, and finding a good market fit.

Wood noted that, unlike working with enterprises, selling to a small business is scarily similar to selling to a consumer and that a lot of B2C platforms, such as Facebook, work great in the B2B space as well. Most small businesses use Facebook and being active on the same platforms as your customers can be helpful for establishing trust with your target audience. In fact, when asked about what category companies such as Etsy, Seamless, and Google fall into, Jeff Ragovin, Managing Partner at Ragovin Ventures and co-founder of Buddy Media, pointed out that there are there is another category, of business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) companies. For example, businesses are increasingly using Seamless to feed their staff, a rare occurrence that blurs the line of the capacities a B2C company can fulfill, usually seen with enterprise platforms.

B2B trends and opportunity

Ragovin declared that the mobile is a huge opportunity for B2B startups. The average person reaches for their phone over 100 times a day and as the mobile landscape evolves, everything is becoming mobile first. More importantly, Google recently announced that they have changed search results to prioritize mobile-friendly websites. The takeaway: in order to disrupt the B2B marketplace, think ‘Mobile First.’

Yves Lawson, Vice President of Technology Strategy for Bank of New York Mellon, noted that the success of apps such as Robin Hood are demonstrating a paradigm shift in a FinTech space that used to be highly specialized for the wealthy. The same tools for wealth management and growth advisors are now available for everyone, impacting the economy on how we see wealth in the future.

Success in the B2B space starts with empathy

Overall, the panel had a lot of great advice for the attendees but all of them stressed the importance of gaining trust and providing great customer service as keys to success in the B2B space. Lawson stated that the B2B companies that stand out from the rest are the ones that go far with relationships and maintain good customer service, even if a companies has messed up or made a mistake.

Garcia highlighted the importance of empathizing with your customers. Her recommendation was to consistently ask yourself, “How can [I] make my customers’ lives easier?” and stressed the power of engaging people in conversations to demonstrate that you really understand the customer’s pain points. After all, “how can an entrepreneur really solve [your customer’s] needs or problems if you don’t feel their pain?” She shared about how a strong understanding of JOOR’s customers helped the company to create a product that consumers are more likely to adopt and find useful.

For Wood, was the most important aspect of a B2B product is how much time it can save businesses. She claimed, “People are willing to spend more if you can save them time. Time is money, as you can convert saved time into monetary value.” She cited that there were products she stopped using because it made more work than the time it saved.

Furthermore, she compared startups to a newborn baby as an analogy to drive home the importance of getting customer validation advising to “let your children go out and play with other people.” She also importance of a great user experience and customer service, getting products in front of early users and acquiring feedback.

Good customer service, networking, and partnerships

All four panelists agreed that knowing your market is the first step in starting in the B2B space, because considerations for working with a small business versus an enterprise company can be a very different experience. For example, Lawson noted that when working with large enterprises, it is helpful to reference competitors or other notable companies who use your product or service.

However, regardless of size, the panel agreed that responsiveness and customer service applies to all B2B companies. Citing how a small blunder could turn into a national headline as seen with airline companies as an example, the panel suggested that establishing a responsive and quality customer service system, by leveraging tools such as Twitter and Zendesk, will not only build trust but also demonstrate credibility that will ultimately win customers. The panel also suggested making the effort to always be reachable and to show that there is accountability to build customer trust.

Ragovin encouraged attendees to keep their networks fresh and emphasized that networking is really a two-way street that is much more fulfilling when you’re willing to “pay it forward.” He urged attendees to think about how they could help others, and noted that people are generally willing to meet when ideas are constantly being exchanged. From a business side, he accentuated the need to focus on providing actual solutions to fix your customer’s problem. If your product is not fixing a problem, there is no need for it and it needs to be reevaluated.

For smaller businesses, Wood shared how partnerships with accountants, or experts in her target market, has helped her to reach her ideal audience, noting that most small business owners will trust their accountant over everyone else. Additionally, working with trade associations is also helpful for reaching small businesses in specific industries.

In closing, Garcia highlighted the power of the network effect of getting your fans and customers to promote your brand for you. She emphasized the impact of word of mouth marketing, which ultimately comes from providing good customer service and satisfaction, bringing us full circle with yet another example of why customer service is key for launching a B2B startup.

Ready to launch the next big B2B idea?

To inspire the audience, each panelist shared a few of their favorite B2B products that they use frequently: Salesforce, FreshBooks, Facebook, Lightspeed, Intuit, and CoSchedule. If you’re ready to launch your next idea that solves a problem that businesses face, come meet some of the panelists and additional NYC based B2B mentors at the next Startup Weekend B2B Edition on May 15- 17. Don’t miss your chance to register! Tickets always sell out.

Heads up: special prizes from our sponsors at Intuit will be offered to the top ideas that incorporate the Intuit API to help small businesses. We encourage you to check out more info on getting started with Intuit Developer by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please email the organizing team at nyc@startupweekend.org.

Moderator Cyndi Knapic with our panelists: Jeff Ragovin, Meredith Wood, Marisa Garcia and Yves Lawson
Moderator Cyndi Knapic with our panelists: Jeff Ragovin, Meredith Wood, Marisa Garcia and Yves Lawson








Startup Weekend: Women's Edition

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Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition is an intensive weekend experience that will be held June 12th-14th, 2015 at the Maine College of Art in downtown Portland for​​ 70+ women participants, judges, coaches, and organizers. Participants will gather on Friday night to network and pitch business ideas, form teams around the best ideas, then race all weekend to develop the ideas into functioning businesses.

Here’s how it works:

Friday- Arrival

When you arrive at the MECA Cafe on Friday evening, you will be greeted by our volunteers and walked through the registration process. Once all participants have arrived, we will begin Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition with a brief introduction and Initial Pitches.

Friday– The Initial Pitch

Next, we will gather as a group and participants who come prepared with a business idea (not necessary!) will deliver rapid-fire (60-second) business pitches to the audience (typically about two-thirds of the crowd will come prepared with a business idea). Participants then vote for their favorite (most interesting and most viable) ideas using stickers to identify their top 3 choices. Finally, we form teams around the most popular ideas and begin discussion.

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Saturday/Sunday morning– The MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

When you arrive on Saturday, you will begin work with your team to build a foundation for a startup business. You will work together as a team to focus on customer development, validating ideas, and designing prototypes with the help of experienced mentors (our coaches).

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Sunday Evening- The Final Pitch

On Sunday evening, each team will present their refined pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of peer supporters. The judges offer valuable feedback and choose one winning team who will walk away with a host of prizes including business and financial services from the weekend’s participating coaches.

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Register Now!

Questions? Contact us at portlandmainewomen@startupweekend.org.

 








#SWDub Mentors Share Their Failure Stories

This is was not on the agenda but our ever dynamic team lead, Tracy Keogh, quickly put together a line-up of mentors to share their failure stories with #SWDub participants.

Perhaps inspired by a previous event – StartupWake (formerly known as Flounders), the #SWDub saw 5 now-successful entrepreneurs share their failure stories and here are the punchlines from each:

 

1. Actively try to succeed instead of actively trying not to fail – Alia Lamaadar, Tapir.me

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2. Obey your gut feeling and avoid easy money – Luca Boschin, Logo Grab

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3. Avoid bluffing your way into leaving the table empty handed – Jason Hassett, We Develop

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4. Don’t be fooled by results from test environments – Jason Ruane, Cirkit.io

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5. Giving away equity for quick wins is a very bad idea – Nubi Kay, Travel Bay

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That said, don’t be afraid to fail, embrace it but hate it enough to want to succeed.

Have any failure lessons you’d like to share or anything to add to this, go ahead and add it in the comment box.








11 Brilliant Best Practices at Startup Weekend Education NYC

As a first-time facilitator for the 4th installment of Startup Weekend Education New York City (@SWNYCEDU, #NYCEDU), I was both literally and figuratively taken to school.

Led by the incomparable Deborah Chang, the well-synced and ragtag organizational team of David Fu, Benjamin Newton, Laura Patterson, and Ingrid Spielman (with community leader Andrew Young as advisor) delivered a sold-out, knock-out event on May 27th.

Let the games begin. (You can't read that without hearing the Bane voice.)
Let the games begin. (You can’t read that without hearing the Bane voice.)

In between real-talk mentoring and the occasional selfie, I took many mental notes about some best practices I saw at SWNYCEDU that I think should be replicated across all SWEDU events, if not Startup Weekend itself.

For your consideration:

1. Hold the event at a school, but in an open area

It’s a common understand that a SWEDU event (or Startup Weekend in general) should take place in a school – plenty of whiteboards, space, breakout rooms, and common areas. If teams are all in classrooms, however, they won’t interact with each other as much, which inhibits the core purpose of building community.

Wide open spaces. (Dixie Chicks serious.)
Wide open spaces. (Dixie Chicks serious.)

SWNYCEDU put most of the teams out in a common area, giving each station a huge whiteboards, sufficient tables, and open spaces to roam and float to other teams. The result: a willingness to share and collaborate that supersedes the spirit of competition.

2. Give out lanyards with ALL of the FAQ information you’ll need

“What’s the wifi password, again?”
“What’s the Twitter hashtag for this event?”
“How do I know you’re actually supposed to be here?”

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I’m so excited to be wearing a lanyard that I’m practically crooning.

Not a problem when it’s hanging around your neck at all times. Key information is great to have, and it’s also a reusable, standardized way to maintain formality and security at the event.

3. Use a text-messaging app to send out alerts

More compelling than email or social media, texting gets people’s attention faster and adds another method of outreach to a crowd of focused, stressed-out participants.

Alternatively, we could have Ben do this to all 100+ participants. Fun to watch, but not efficient.
Alternatively, we could have Ben do this to all 100+ participants. Fun to watch, but not efficient.

4. Provide advance information and office hours signups for mentors

Figuring out how to coordinate members seemed like an impossible art to me, but this group worked it out well by creating a station for teams to review and request mentors.

Mentors are perhaps the most valuable resource at any Startup Weekend event. Choose, but choose wisely.
Mentors are perhaps the most valuable resource at any Startup Weekend event.

Coaches were asked to come at specific times, and teams sign up to meet with them on a first-come, first-serve basis. This eased confusion greatly for everyone.

5. Provide 3 phases of mentoring: brainstorm, focus, and presentation

Traditionally in other Startup Weekends, mentors pop in an event at various, even unpredictable times, and sometimes their advice does not mesh well with the team’s general progress. Some are already validated and advanced, and some are still searching for that “thing.”

Ben and I brainstorm with one of the participants.
Ben and I brainstorm with one of the participants.

SWNYCEDU takes these variations into account and brings in mentors during Saturday morning and afternoon strictly for brainstorm and validation.

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Deborah and a volunteer listen and provide feedback.

In the evening, they bring in mentors (usually Startup Weekend veterans) who aim to provide focus after a long day of retaining multiple opinions and ideas.

Team Wizart practices their pitch.
Team Wizart practices their pitch.

By Sunday, SWNYCEDU brings in coaches who specialize specifically in pitch practice and communication, not business content or validation. This overall strategy gives teams a bit more structure and clarity as they evolve their ideas into bona fide companies.

6. Use Google Slides to present pitches seamlessly…

Simply put, there are far too many different ways to present at a Startup Weekend. Teams tend to present off their own laptops and switch back and forth between operating systems and format. In my opinion, this is a clunky and volatile process.

I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is Google Slides.
I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription… is Google Slides.

SWNYCEDU had one computer for the entire presentation setup, so they used a single format (Google Slides) and uploaded everything into the cloud. A huge amount time was saved overall between transitions.

7. … make teams do web demos (and tech check in advance)…

Tech Check is a rough job, yet vital to the success of your event. Make sure you run it right.
Tech Check is a rough job, yet vital to the success of your event. Make sure you run it right.

Doing live demos are traditionally considered a big risk at Startup Weekend – technical failures are perhaps forgiven but not forgotten. With only one computer for all 13 presentations, all demos also had to be sent up to the cloud and tested by 3pm.

8. … and put links to both decks and demos in a single Google Doc

A little embarrassing backstory: Startup Weekenders should always consider Murphy’s Law – whatever can happen will happen. This happened to me when I foolishly opened up every single presentation and demo into a single web browser and, to no one with a basic understanding of IT, crashed the system.

How I was feeling during that stressful 20-minute tech reboot.
How I was feeling during that stressful 20-minute tech reboot.

Organizer David Fu stepped up in a huge way to reboot the system and put all of the links to the slides, demos, and videos in a chronologically organized Google Doc. Once everything was back in order, the process went smoothly. Despite the 20-minute technical delay, we finished the event on time.

9. Serve dinner while the judges deliberate

As a past organizer and volunteer, I’ve never known what to do with the judges deliberation period. Dinner usually is served after presentations are submitted, and in the past I’ve seen ways to pass the time such as Community Asks or some light video or entertainment.

Finally, a moment to relax in a 54-hour maelstrom.
Finally, a moment to relax in a 54-hour maelstrom.

Serving dinner gets people to talk across teams, offer congratulations, and take their minds off the anxious decision that awaits them. Good food placates all.

10. Make animated GIFs of yourselves whenever possible

Taking on a new initiative that gets communities also doing Startup Weekends simultaneously, we made some fun little animated images for our friends in D.C., who held a Maker-themed event of their own. I think this speaks for itself.

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Nothing but love for #SWDCMaker. Photo generated by Laura Patterson with GIFMe!

If only we made more… Andrew Young, I’m looking right at you.

Finally, and most importantly of all:

11. Have a team that puts vision, guests, and team above ego

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Team SWNYCEDU. There was not an iota of attitude among any of them. When things went right, they showered each other with support and praise. When things went wrong, they responded to the problems with solutions rather than stand around and point fingers.

What a terrific team and Startup Weekend community!
What a terrific team and Startup Weekend community!

On top of that, they were an absolute pleasure to work with. I laughed at Laura and Ingrid’s wry jokes, felt secure by Ben and Deborah’s unflinching professionalism, and may have found some long-lost cousins in Fu and Young. You couldn’t buy a better team than this one – they’ll do it all for free.

In short, I learned a lot at Startup Weekend Education New York City. I hope you’ve learned a lot by reading this, too. Can’t wait to come back next year… perhaps as a participant? =)

Lee Ngo was the facilitator of Startup Weekend Education New York and is a Regional Manager at UP Global, the parent organization of Startup Weekend. To learn more about UP Global and its efforts to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the world, you can email him at lee@up.co.

To reach out or get involved with the Startup Weekend New York City community, reach out to nyc@startupweekend.org or nycedu@startupweekend.org specifically to contact the SWNYCEDU organizers.

Photos from this event courtesy of Frank Fukuchi and the organizers and volunteers of Startup Weekend New York City. All rights reserved. 

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Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








Une histoire de thème

Si mon projet ne concerne ni le vin, ni la gastronomie, ni le tourisme, est-ce que je peux quand même participer ?

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C’est LA question que l’on nous pose depuis l’annonce du thème du SWBX et qui reviendra certainement chaque jour jusqu’au 15 mai 2015. Elle mérite donc de trouver dès aujourd’hui sa réponse : petite histoire d’un gentil organisateur du SWBX qui explique le pourquoi du comment de ce thème, et qui vous propose les solutions qui s’offrent à vous.

Un constat

Startup Weekend, c’est un événement par semaine au moins en Europe.
Pour vous donner une idée, rien qu’en France c’est :

  • Nantes, 12 Septembre 2014
  • Perpignan, 27 Février 2015
  • Paris (Women Edition), 6 mars 2015
  • Tours, 20 Mars 2015
  • Toulouse, 27 Mars 2015
  • Mulhouse, 10 avril 2015
  • Monaco, 24 avril 2015
  • Montpellier, 8 mai 2015
  • Paris (Maker Edition), 8 mai 2015
  • Compiègne, 15 mai 2015
  • Bordeaux (Wine, gastronomy and tourism), 15 mai 2015
  • Aix-Marseille (Green & Tech Edition), 22 mai 2015
  • Lyon (Food Edition), 29 mai 2015
  • Belfort-Montbéliard, 29 mai 2015
  • Le Mans, 25 septembre 2015

Et on en oublie certainement…

Des concours d’entrepreneuriat, il y en a partout et tout le temps en France.

Pire encore pour nous, l’écosystème entrepreneurial bordelais est, nous l’avons très vite découvert, extrêmement dynamique, et il ne nous a pas attendu pour avancer et bosser sur des idées.

Objectif : se faire une place !

Au départ, notre événement était généraliste. On a pensé dès le début à se spécialiser bien sûr, à faire bosser les gens sur un sujet commun, mais on était bien trop frileux, on avait peur que les gens se bloquent sur ce thème. C’était trop tôt pour prendre des risques, tu te rends compte : « pas de Startup Weekend depuis 3 ans, il faut que le Startup Weekend refasse une ou deux éditions pour fidéliser les gens ». Et puis, ça nous faisais déjà assez peur comme ça.

Mais, nous sommes allés à la rencontre des principaux intéressés, les entrepreneurs bordelais, les étudiants, les différents réseaux d’habitués, et on s’est vite rendu compte que la demande était bien présente mais sur des événements concrets, qui sortent un peu des sentiers battus, et qui débouchent sur un vrai résultat. Tout le monde connaît le Startup Weekend, on ne révolutionne rien.

Et récemment, on nous a dit :

« Vous voulez faire un Startup Weekend pour faire un Startup Weekend, ou vous voulez faire un événement qui défonce, qui apporte une vraie plus-value et qui se différencie ? ».

C’est vrai, t’as raison ! Vite, une réunion d’urgence, on prend une décision, et on change tout ! On veut un événement qui claque, miser sur la qualité, avoir des personnes motivées pour aller dans une même direction, pour brandir bien haut les valeurs de notre belle ville et de notre belle région. Les faire accompagner par des mentors expérimentés sur la question et constituer un jury connaisseur et reconnu.

Des startups pour mettre en valeur le patrimoine bordelais

La ville de Bordeaux, par le biais de son site Osez Bordeaux titre: Bordeaux, un art de vivre

 « C’est à un subtil cocktail mêlant splendeur architecturale, rayonnement culturel, vignobles de renommée mondiale, gastronomie de choix et douceur du climat, que succombent chaque année les quelque 3 millions de visiteurs de passage à Bordeaux. »

Tout est dit ! Et notre thème est trouvé. 3 mots, parce qu’on a quand même toujours un peu peur que le thème soit trop restrictif, et parce que, si on y réfléchie bien, ces mots perdent un peu de leur saveur lorsqu’ils sont dissociés : Vin, Gastronomie et Tourisme. Pour ce qui est de la douceur du climat, on se dit qu’en mai, ça devrait aller, et la splendeur architecturale sera représentée par les nouveaux locaux de Kedge Business School qui nous fait l’honneur de nous soutenir et de nous encourager dans nos démarches car l’entrepreneuriat est l’une de ses priorités, mais ça nous en reparlerons plus tard.

Les possibilités qui te sont offertes

Alors à ce stade, face à ces thèmes, quelles possibilités s’offrent à toi si  l’idée à laquelle tu réfléchie ne correspond pas vraiment ? On te donne 3 pistes que tu pourrais éventuellement explorer.

Le petit filou

Ton idée n’est pas clairement dans le thème, tu le sais. Mais il y a toujours un moyen de faire le lien. Tout ou presque peut se rapporter au tourisme, à la gastronomie ou au vin, tout dépend de la manière dont tu tourneras ton idée pour convaincre les autres participants de se lancer dans ton aventure. Tu peux donc décider d’escroquer quelque peu l’audience, ou peut-être modifier ton idée pour en créer une nouvelle qui correspond au thème.

En clair, tu ne travailleras pas sur ton idée première durant le weekend, mais cette rencontre avec d’autres têtes bien faites va te permettre de challenge certains points similaires, et de valider ou non ton idée de base.

Le bon élève

On va pas le cacher : c’est certainement la bonne attitude à adopter. Tu t’es renseigné, tu as lu de la documentation sur internet pour comprendre ce qui t’attendait durant ce weekend, tu t’es procuré un dossier de sponsoring pour étudier à quoi sert le prix que tu payes, ou tu as simplement regardé des vidéos sur Youtube pour t’imprégner de l’ambiance Startup. Bref, tu connais la mécanique, sais ce qui t’attend durant ce Startup Weekend. Et ça tu l’as bien retenu au moment où Victoria te l’as dit :

« Le but n’est pas tellement de créer une entreprise au bout de ce weekend *regard séducteur*, mais plutôt de participer à cet événement, de découvrir la scène startup et de rencontrer des personnes qui sont aussi motivées et aussi géniales »

Victoria Stoyanova – Regional Manager Up Global

Si tu ne l’as pas vu, c’est le moment : https://vimeo.com/77307732

En bref, tu vas passer un très bon weekend, même si c’est pour bosser sur l’idée de quelqu’un d’autre, rencontrer peut-être des personnes qui seront les partenaires de ton projet plus tard, et développer des compétences et qualités auprès de mentors expérimentés qui te seront nécessaires lorsque tu souhaiteras te lancer.

L’inventif

Cette attitude découle fortement de la précédente, mais avec la créativité en plus. En effet, tu décides de venir participer au Startup Weekend pour passer un excellent moment et monter en compétences.

Mais en plus, tu souhaites participer à la réussite de cet événement en venant pitcher une idée nouvelle, une idée conforme au thème. Le vin, la gastronomie et le tourisme, ça touche absolument tout le monde, et je suis sur que chacun d’entre vous peut venir pitcher une idée le 15 mai. Nous avons tous des idées géniales et il ne faut pas avoir peur de venir les partager.

En effet, c’est tout à fait dans l’esprit du Startup Weekend de ne partir que d’une simple idée. De partir de rien, pour créer un réel prototype en 54h. Tu verras, c’est une aventure formidable et dont tu pourras être fier.








A Resource List Every Edtech Entrepreneur Should Have

This post was updated on April 13, 2015

This list was compiled for a presentation I gave at a conference last month focused on building an edtech venture in the United States. It’s meant to be a brief synopsis of some of the key steps you should take, as well as some of the key players you should know about. If you find it helpful, leave a comment saying so. If you think important items are missing, please share them. Hopefully this can be something we all contribute to, in order to create a more comprehensive list of resources and opportunities that edtech entrepreneurs can benefit from.

Note: Edsurge, Imagine K12, and 4.0 Schools are official partners of Education Entrepreneurs

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More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.

 

 








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