Ever wanted to found your own startup, but didn't know how? Been told you should find mentors? But have no idea how to meet them? Want to see if there is really a way out of 9-5, without quitting your job?
Startup Boston Weekender is an event we do only four times a year. In a single weekend you will create a company, be mentored by top entrepreneurs, validate your startup idea, find potential customers and pitch a panel of top investors from the business world. In essence, in a single weekend you will have everything you need to become an entrepreneur and found your own startup without a technical background.
If you have ever had a business idea, didn't know what to do with it, then 6 months later seen your idea on store shelves? After this weekend you will never lose out again. Next time you have that billion dollar idea, it will be you that gets rich. You that has the impact.
Your ticket will include: *Access to the full weekend-long event *Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night *Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community *Tasty meals all weekend *All-star judges panel lead by startup leaders *A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days, and *A community of 100 awesome likeminded friends!
Tickets are a subsidized $150 that basically just covers costs for the whole weekend experience so everyone that wants to take part can afford it, as we have corporate sponsors that subsidize the event. All our mentors volunteer their time, because we want to give back. So long as you come away with the knowledge you need to change your life and the world and mentors you can reach out to, to us its worth it!
Do I need to come with an idea? If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process from top mentors.
Typical Itinerary Friday... 6:30 pm Registration Arrive at the venue and get checked in 7:00 pm Dinner & Networking Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants 7:20 pm Welcome & Speakers Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders 7:30 pm Pitches Start Optionally line up to give your pitch 9:00 pm Voting Attendees vote for the top pitches 9:15 pm Form Teams Teams start forming and discussing ideas 10:00 pm Begin Work Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Saturday... 8:00 am Breakfast Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 8:30 am Begin Work Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend 9:45 am Design Thinking Workshop The workshop will cover the principles of Design Thinking to better focus user validation. 12:00 pm Lunch 1:00 pm Check-In After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help 2:00 pm Meetings with Mentors to help teams one-on-one. 3:00 pm Teams continue work on startup 6:30 pm Dinner 7:30 pm Check-In After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help 10:00 pm Wrap-Up Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Sunday... 8:00 am Breakfast Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee 10:30 am Pitching Your Venture's Core Story workshop on effective narration for startups so that the pitch can be clear and effective. Successful companies know it's NOT just about an elevator pitches or investor decks, but how be clear, compelling, and memorable.. Communication is at the core of everything they do. Those who do it well are the ones that get funding and expand markets. 12:00 pm Lunch 12:00 pm Mentor Meetings… TEAMS ASK QUESTIONS 3:00 pm Presentation Prep & Tech Check Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place 4:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm Final Presentations 7:30 pm Judging & Awards 8:30 pm Wrap-Up 9:00 pm Post-Startup Weekend party to celebrate the weekend's efforts in style!