After last year’s sensational success, the Startup Weekend is coming back again this year for a third time. Created in USA in 2007, with more than 1068 events organized in more than 478 cities and 100 different coutnries, the most awaited entrepreneurship friendly event is back in town on February 7th, 8th and 9th of 2014 at HEC Montreal.
A Perfect recipe
Facebook, Twitter, Groupon… Behind every startup is an idea and an entrepreneur with good teammates and advisors. In fact, a lot of people would like to launch their own startup but a few know how to. Audacity, skills, developing a business plan and a network. All of this needs time and energy… While some take months and years, others do it in 54 hours. The Startup Weekend is a one time opportunity to enable the inner entrepreneur in you ! Project leaders, web professionals, entrepreneurs and innovation experts… Students, investors, marketing gurus, jurists or finance professionals, everyone has their place !
The steps to success : 54 hours of craziness
Friday evening We start off with the Pitch Fire. A pitch in which every project leader presents their idea to everyone. After a vote to select the best projects, teams are formed. The game is launched.
Saturday & Sunday : Every team must now work as much as they can until Sunday evening when they will have to present their work to the judges. They can use their mentors’ advices, the speakers’ experiences and the successful professionals’ skills to help them develop their startup.
Sunday evening : All the lights are turned on the presentations. Judges must choose the winning teams, and prizes are distributed to the best startups. This is the time for the teams to get notoriety and the investors’ attention. They must convince them that their startup is the next… Google!