Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Date: 9-11 November 2018
Event website: http://communities.techstars.com/moldova/chisinau/startup-weekend/12405
Ideas Pitched: 25
Women In Attendance: 6
Sunday AM: Slide deck for presentation Note: I didn’t save the presentation and this is one from the previous week; do not pay attention to those times.
Presentation Sample: Rover.com
Startup Weekend 2011
Each team must register on this site. One person can register all team members. This is required by 6PM Saturday 10 November. Registration link.
“Cash only!” yelled the BP station assistant manager in Winton, Queensland. Turns out internet connections were down and the station couldn’t process any EFTPOS or credit card transactions. They weren’t alone, one business in Longreach shared they lost $8,000 in revenue in one day due to the outage; the banks couldn’t automatically verify account balances and had to use landlines to verify account balances before giving cash; ATMs weren’t functional.
So what can a business do to help minimize a single fault such as the Telstra outage of July 2017?
There are heaps of ways to mitigate risk to your business, start with one simple item per week or month and progress from there. Industry terms, books and workshops that cover these and provide guidance or consulting is: Business Continuity.
The entire concept behind Startup Weekend is absurd, really, really absurd.
Think about it… gather a room full of strangers of various background and interests, supply food and drinks and let them share their business idea and see what they can accomplish from Friday until Sunday. Pepper in some education components and pressure in the form of guidance from mentors and coaches and remind participants they have to share how much progress they made to a group of seasoned business professionals. Participants walk away and some continue building their concepts, refining and getting past the idea stage into a real business with potential to generate jobs, spur innovation and change someone’s career path.
Oh, and people pay to do this or support the event as a sponsor!
I’ve done it. Lots of my friends have participated. I’ve been the guide through about 50 of these events in 7 countries. For free.
On July 7, 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, a young guy had this absurd idea and willpower to pull it off. The format has been slightly tweaked as more than 350,000 budding entrepreneurs through 4,500 events in over 150 countries! These community events are also supported by over 10,000 volunteers. This ringleader, cheerleader and genuine man is Andrew Hyde.
So what’s your absurd idea to share and bring to the world as something new (business, personal, travel)?