Organizing a Startup Weekend is AMAZING, you get to know new friends, help the community and the satisfaction of reaping the results of hard work for months. From my experience I can tell you one thing:
“Organizing a Startup Weekend is like having your own Startup”
- You need to raise money.
- You have to sell your product to users.
- You have to recruit a good organizing team, mentors and staff.
- You need to manage the brand, social media and finances.
- You need to do pretty much a lot of everything.
If organizing a Startup Weekend is like having a Startup, there should be a framework for creating one. So I present you The 7 Steps to create a successful Startup Weekend.
1.Ask For Advice. It’s posible that this isn’t the first Startup Weekend in your city, so that means that you can reach previous organizers for advice. The things you must ask in your first meeting are related to your local ecosystem. So ask for tips on local sponsors, strategies on how to get participants. If you want to help the community, ask them to give you access to the social media accounts so both benefit from the movement of one account.
As a new organizer you are now part of the global community, so you should also ask for advice to organizers around the world, using the organizers Facebook group is a good start.