Startup Weekends aren’t just sweeping the nation, they’re sweeping the globe. Every weekend, cities all over the world are holding exciting and successful Startup Weekends. Checkout the Startup Weekend website to follow the action and be sure to read about the details of the organization and Chicago’s local event.
As part of our goal to host this awesome event at least twice a year in the Windy City, we are happy to announce that we are hosting the next weekend during Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 12-14th. To kick off the ticket sales we are offering “earlybird” discount for those who sign up in the next week. You can use the promo code “earlybird” to take advantage of the $25 discount.
Top 5 Reasons To Attend
1. Food (we feed you amazing dishes all weekend)
2. $100 Credit to Odesk
3. $133.77 Credit to Twilio (its almost like we are paying you to attend)
4. Awesome Attendees (ie networking)
5. Kick Ass Speakers
A few things you may be wondering about…
What types of ideas should I be ready to pitch?
Most of the ideas are web-based or mobile applications. Generally, ideas which involve creating a physical product do not work well because you need something to present to the panel on Sunday. If you have any idea at all, we encourage you to pitch it!
How do I pitch my idea?
The pitches on Friday night will be informal (no PowerPoint allowed) and you will allotted 60 seconds to explain your idea. If you would like to sharpen your pitching skills before Friday check out: http://www.slideshare.net/suwvienna/tutorial-startup-weekend-pitch-2324035
Should I be worried about my idea getting stolen?
Startup Weekend pitches are done in an open forum and no non-disclosures will be signed. If you are really concerned about your idea being stolen, by all means keep it private. But remember, it’s rarely the idea that is the winner but the people and the execution behind it.
Does Startup Weekend have any ownership rights to ideas or products conceived at the event?
Absolutely not. Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization and any ownership rights are completely up to the teams and participants. We don’t recommend worrying too much about this during the event – there will be lots of time for that when you take your startup to the next level.
How do we form the teams?
We allow the teams to form themselves. Once the pitches are done we allow everyone to gravitate to the idea they would like to pursue for the weekend. Generally teams of approximately 7 members work best. Feel free to get your friends and colleagues together to put some pieces of the team together in advance, but don’t shy away from adding new people who you meet for the first time. Remember that part of the value is in the startup/founder dating component of Startup Weekend.
How will I know what someone else’s specialty is?
We will have colored coded name tags when you register to denote your specialty.
What time should I get there on Friday?
Try to arrive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm so you have a chance to eat and network with other attendees. We have a lot to do on Friday night so need to get things moving and get you all working!
How do I get there?
We’re in the ITA offices at 200 S. Wacker. Check out Google Maps for exact directions. You will check in with security and then go up to the 15th floor.
Do I need to bring a computer?
Yes, make sure to bring a computer- laptops are preferred of course but whatever you need to get the job done.
Anything else I should bring?
Business cards, and if you have an extra extension cord and/or power strip please bring it. Also, bring a great attitude and a lot of energy!
Cost to participate is $75 and you must buy a ticket to officially become registered. Students can grab a ticket for $40. The cost includes food/drinks to be provided throughout the weekend, along with prizes, swag and more… If you register early, you can take advantage of early bird prices of $50.
What if I like to use Twitter?
If you tweet about this event on Twitter, please use the #swchi hashtag so that we can include you in the sidebar and make it easier for others to connect with you. Please follow the official Startup Weekend Chicago twitter feed (@SWChicago) as well to stay up-to-date with recent information regarding the event.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week
For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.
Chicago Startup Weekend is part of this movement from November 12-14th. Global Entrepreneurship Week connected young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs are inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.