Practical Information for Startup Weekend Stavanger 2014

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It’s back! The inspiring weekend event that brings entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs together to share ideas, form teams, build new products, and launch new startups!

In just 54 hours you can make your ideas a reality but to get the most out of your experience, here are some practical tips and information for the next Startup Weekend Stavanger on 24th – 26th January 2014.

GETTING STARTED

The most important thing to do before you come to the event is register your place. If you don’t yet have your ticket, you can register here.

The location for the next Startup Weekend Stavanger is Sandnes and the venue is located at:

Vitenfabrikken

Storgata 28

28 Storgata

4307 Sandnes

Norway

The event launches on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM and runs until Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM (CET).

Check out our homepage for the full event schedule.

BE ON TIME

We open the doors at 5:30 PM on Friday, 24 January, and we will start registration then. Be sure to be on time so you can make the most of the networking before we kick off the main event.

FOOD & DRINKS

We’ve arranged food and drinks for all participants over the event weekend. Please ensure that you inform the organizers about any food allergies or dietary restrictions in advance of the event. If not, please come and have a word with us on the day and we will try our utmost to accommodate you.

FRIDAY – THE DAY TO BE PITCH PERFECT

Pitches start at  approx 6:45 PM and participants will have 1 minute to pitch their business idea/concept on Friday night. Pitches should be given in English (group work during the weekend will be done in both English and Norwegian).

Prior to presenting your business idea, our facilitator John Sechrest.

You can also view some Startup Weekend presentations on YouTube:

2011 Startup Weekend Dallas Pitch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-dwY08iag4

Startup Weekend Friday Pitch: Google Hangouts

http://youtu.be/JBy9nqLRb7M

A whiteboard will be provided for you to use during your pitch but remember your time limit – every second counts! With just 1 minute to pitch, you want to be sure that you are succinct and your idea is clear and inspiring to spark the interest of others. You will have the possibility to use both a whiteboard and or projector during the final pitch on Sunday.

If your idea is not chosen to be taken forward, you will be given the opportunity to get involved in another idea and join another team that you can work with and learn from.

Be assured, you will not be pushed into working on an idea that is not of interest to you. However, coming with an open mind and an enthusiasm to help other participants learn new skills and strengthen their ideas will ensure you get the most out of your experience. It will also give you an opportunity to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

SATURDAY – THE DAY TO DEVELOP BIG IDEAS

We start the day at 9.00 AM sharp.

Please be on time as we will be kicking off the day with key speaker presentations at 9.05 AM that includes an overview of The Business Model Generation Method (BMG), which we highly recommend you get familiar with before the event weekend.

THE BUSINESS MODEL GENERATION METHOD

The Business Model Generation Method (BMG) is a way of describing your business model on a single piece of paper. This  method was created by Alexander Osterwalder and has used by Steve Blank, the Lean Startup Movement, the Startup Weekend organization and by several other well established companies around the world. It is one of the preferred methods of describing business models and is taught in entrepreneurial studies courses around the world. Steve Blank is a major proponent of this method and teaches it at Stanford and MIT as well as in Steve’s Udacity lessons.

Learn more about BMG online at Udacity with Steve Blank (serial entrepreneur and currently with Stanford and Berkley). The course is free and offers an opportunity to learn from one of the best in the global startup community.

If you want a jump start on making your own Business Model Canvas and learning how to map your business value chain, join the Business Model User Group. Find more information at http://www.bmug.no/.

SUNDAY – THE DAY FOR PRESENTING, JUDING AND AWARDS!

By Sunday you will have made new contacts (and new friends!) and you will be well on your way to making your idea a reality.

Coaches will be available from 12:30 PM to advise and support you. Don’t be shy and make the most of this opportunity to ask questions and refine your big idea before you do your final presentation.

PRESENTATION SKILLS

Much of the weekend will involve presenting your ideas informally to others on your team and to the mentors, and in more formally to the jury members.

If you’d like to build up your presentation and speaking skills before the event, we recommend the following resources:

How To Improve Your Presentation Skills – http://www.inc.com/guides/how-to-improve-your-presentation-skills.html

Tips on PowerPoint & Visual Aids – http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/category/visual-aids/

Public Speaking Blogs –  http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/public-speaking-blogs/

How to Convince People You’re Telling the Truth (YouTube) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcpanbpcsTY&feature=share&list=UU24HmeK-G-ElWkdGziH-VeA

AND FINALLY……

Make sure you link up with our Twitter (@SWStavanger) page for all the latest updates on our events and to get connected with like-minded people.

If you have more questions on this event, please feel free to contact us at Stavanger@startupweekend.no.

Otherwise, our team of speakers, mentors, judges, organizers and sponsors look forward to seeing there!

Text by: Natalie Hilton