StartupWeekend Firtstimer’s FAQ part 1 Before the Weekend
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Is this event for me?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Startup Weekend attendee backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.
Do I have to participate all three days?
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. However, at most Startup Weekends a “Sunday Presentations Only” registration option is available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final presentations. (Please check the registration page of your city’s website for availability.)
How do I register?
Every Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website riga.up.co with a registration page. Please see our events page at startupweekend.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events. If registration is not open, ticketing has either not yet opened or is already sold out.
Please note the different ticket types: if Business tickets are sold out and you fall into the Business category, you’ll have to wait for the next event (which won’t be far off!). This is an important part of our efforts to maintain a balance between attendees’ backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.
Can I pay at the door?
In most cases you cannot pay at the door of the event. Organizers need to order the food and supplies in advance to meet the needs of the weekend. If you live in a city where online payment is extremely difficult, there may be an exception. If you are physically unable to pay online, reach out to the local organizers to arrange payment.
Do I need a team?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.
At most Startup Weekends, a “Sunday Presentations Only” registration option is available for those wishing to view only the teams’ final presentations. (Please check the registration page of your city’s website for availability.)
What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?
Pitching is open to every attendee! We recommend you purchse the ticket that best represents your skill set.
What are the accommodations for the event?
Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamilar with the location, reach out to the local organizing team to ask for nearby recommendations. Some venues will allow attendees to stay over night, but please make sure to check with the organizers beforehand.
Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It's a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
Where can I find a schedule for the event?
Each event has their schedule posted on the local event site.
What should I bring?
- Power cord
- Business cards
- Camera – take pictures and video!
- Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
- Lots of creative energy! :-)
How do I prepare?
- Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the probelm your trying to solve.
- Practice your pitch. You'll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
- Get familar with our tools for the weekend, head over to startupweekend.org/resources
- Get some rest.
- Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.
What is the refund policy?
The short answer is we do not refund tickets the week before the event, so that organizers can order and plan for food and supplies. See our Refund Policy for full details.
What are the rules?
We have rules for the weekend that ensure everyone has a great experience. These are detailed in our Terms of Agreement.