With Auckland Startup Weekend only a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d take the opportunity to answer some questions we, on the organising team, hear:
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!
Do I have to pitch an idea?
No, if you don’t want to pitch your own idea, come along and join a team. You’ll get a chance to vote for and join your favourite team on Friday evening. If you’d like to pitch an idea but aren’t sure how to, come along to the pre-event on the Wednesday night and have a practice during The Pitching Game.
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.
What happens if my idea isn’t picked?
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 Organiser, as this may be an issue regarding your teams’ eligibility for prizes.