Startup Weekend events all follow the same model anywhere in the world: participants sign up for the weekend and are invited to pitch a business idea on Friday night. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a weekend-long frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether participants found companies, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.
Startup Weekend New Orleans is open to designers, developers, marketing strategists, and all types of entrepreneurs. While no business idea is required to attend, any participant who wishes can pitch a original business idea that has no significant work or investment already – ideas with existing partners or code are ineligible. All participants will vote on the ideas and join a team to develop one of the best ideas over the weekend. Everyone has something to contribute to a team – bring your laptop! – and there are plenty of great resources to help get started with your team’s idea. With these ideas and tools as foundation, teams will work to create business models, design products, and perform market validation, and come back together on Sunday, September 29th to show off their work to a panel of judges! Winners will be chosen, prizes will be awarded, and fun will be had by all!
The schedule, in brief:
FRIDAY: Pitch your idea, form a team, and make a plan for the weekend!
SATURDAY: Come back to Propeller, collaborate and innovate, meet with coaches, and work, work, work!
SUNDAY: Put the finishing touches on your products, prepare your presentations and demos, and get ready to celebrate success!