Attendees will be invited to pitch an idea (although they don’t have to) that they want to see worked on over the weekend. Some have ideas, they have given lots of thoughts beforehand, while others just gets inspired on the very same evening and spontaneously decides to pitch. Any approach will do fine.
Pitches will be in a “pitch-fire” format, which means you will have just 60 seconds to get the audience interested in your idea. You will have no slides or props -just your voice. You won’t have time to go over features, so just focus on the core of the idea and make your enthusiasm contagious.
Here is the format for pitches that we recommend:
- Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 Seconds)
- Describe the problem that you want to solve? What is the market opportunity you are aiming for? You can choose to open your pitch by getting the your audience’s attention with a “hook.” A story, statement or question that piques their interest to want to hear more. (10-30 Seconds)
- Briefly describe your vision; how your proposed solution solves the problem (e.g. explain the product/service. ) You should be able to communicate this in one or two sentences. (10-20 seconds)
- What do you need to be successful during the weekend? ( people, skills, etc ) (5-10 Seconds)
Finally, make up a name for your startup so the facilitator can give it a title
Your core objective is to gain support and attract/recruit team members by being approachable as person as well as describing an interesting and creative project, people will be keen to work on. Keep cool and don’t forget your in a friendly and open forum. You are not the only one a little nervous. Standing out will help people remember you. Your audience will appreciate your energy, passion and experience.
At the end of all the pitches you will be given an opportunity to summarise the pitch on a piece of paper. Make sure it stands out and simply explains the main elements of your idea.
Voting & Forming Teams
After pitches, you will have more time to mingle. If you pitched an idea, this is your time to start recruiting others that may be interested in your idea. If you did not pitch, or if you are having trouble finding others to join your team, use this time to seek out those that pitched other ideas that you found interesting.
Next, the crowd votes on their favorite pitches.This is simply a way to encourage quick team forming. This is by no means an exclusive process and if you pitched an idea and it is not voted as one of the top ideas, don’t get upset. You are more than welcome to work on it if you find some other people who want to work on the idea with you. Or join a team where you can show off your skills and learn new things. After all, the weekend is all about learning and networking.
From there we will form teams and these are the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.