Organize your Startup Weekend
Spending the weekend pitching, brainstorming and building prototypes may not be your idea of team building, but for the business-minded intrapreneurs, this is how a great team building weekend should be.
The purpose of our Startup weekend is to gather intrapreneurs, makers, sponsors (investors), designers, and other employees to collaborate to find teammates who believe in their business ideas and eventually start it up.
From the phase itself, startup weekend allows you to possibly start a business in a matter of 54 hours. Normally some foundation/organisations supports these events because they offer excellent venue for possible business ventures, innovation and education. Startup Weekends have seen 560 new start-ups, brought together 17,000 entrepreneurs in over 120 events all over the world.
Do you want to organize a start-up weekend?
If you’re skeptical with what a 54-hour activity with a roomful of people can do to you, your team and your business, here’s what you can learn from a startup weekend.
1 – Get out of your comfort zone and unleash your creativity.
Whatever’s brewing in your genius mind can have a place in a startup weekend. If you’re not offered the venue and support for your creative endeavors in your workplace, organizing one of these events could be your best bet.
2 – Reach out to individuals with different expertise and skills.
To form an effective startup business, you need several heads working together in one concept. For instance, you are investor interested in a mobile phone app. You can look into the financial and marketing aspect, the programmer focuses on the development of the app, ensuring it runs well, and your designer can make a good layout for it to grab attention and stand out. You complement the skills of another and that makes you an effective team. Since startup weekends require you to form teams with other attendees/colleagues and work with for the rest of the session, you are also likely to be forming your team spirit.
3 – Make a pitch.
Pitching is an important part of these events because this is where you draw your potential team members to invest their time working on a project you have in mind. You are given one minute to consolidate your speech and you must be able to send a strong and clear message about your ideas. You can innovate your pitching methods so that they will easily visualize the prototype and eventually attract these participants to join your team.
4 – Launch a startup.
You will find an array of individuals joining startup weekends, but they are there for one common reason: launch a startup project or generate new ideas for your company. After working on your prototypes, our experts in close collaboration with your sponsors will talk about the flaws and what works with the idea for your innovation. This will help you realize if your projects is actually doable and sustainable in the long run.
Startup weekends allow you to take risks, to become persistent and be open in other ideas. But it’s also a great team building event to foster intrapreneurship and innovation within your company. You have a vast pool of geniuses waiting for your pitch and if done right, you could be part of the companies who are able to conceive a new businesses from spending a weekend the unconventional way.