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