Techstars Startup Weekend Other West Rand

    Friday, February 14 - 9, 2020


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Other West Rand

Friday, February 14 - 9, 2020



Friday, February 14 - 9, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Chief Mogale Multipurpose centre
713 Chief Mogale Hall
Kagiso
Krugersdorp, South Africa

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
westrand@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 7th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Grant Greyling
Commercialization Specialist

Mr Grant Greyling represents the Green Economy unit at The Innovation Hub


Sipho Mahlangu
Enterprise Development Officer

Mr Sipho Mahlangu works for a South African government instution funding SMME's.


Koena Motloi
Innovation Specialist

Mr Motloi represents the Smart Industries team at The Innovation Hub Company


Tshepo Kukuni
Innovation Specialist

Mr Kukuni represents the Smart Industries team at The Innovation Hub Company


Nothile Mpisi
eKasiLab Soweto Project Manager

Nothile Mpisi is a Project  Manager for the eKasiLab Soweto Programme which is a programme under The Innovation Hub Management Company. eKasiLab is an initiative of the TER/TMR Department at TIHMC.


Coaches and Mentors


Tshepo Bokaba
Area Innovation Manager

Mr Tshepo Bokaba is an area innovation manager representing the innovation hub management company


James Segooa



Palesa Hlongwane



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend West Rand is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Tebogo
    Mmusi
  • Mapaseka
    Mabote
  • Palesa
    Hlongwane

Facilitators


Neo Hutiri
Entrepreneur

Neo graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Electrical Engineering and went on to join a steel manufacturing company as an automation engineer. He then took up an operations management role working as a technical assistant to the COO of ArcelorMittal SA while also pursuing a Masters in Engineering (Industrial Engineering) at Wits. Neo believes that entrepreneurship is about commercialization of value and this has led to the  birth of Technovera, a technology company following the Lean Start-up methodology.   Neo is heavily invested in the development and adoption of smart technology. He has a passion for nurturing the entrepreneurial culture and helping other entrepreneurs go from ideation to a  marketable solutions. He is an active advocate for The Business Model Canvas and The Lean Canvas.    

Event Staff


Bonakele Kunene
Business Development Officer

Ms Bonakele Kunene is a Business Development Officer assisting township entrepreneurs in the Vaal area representing The Innovation Hub Management Company


James Segooa



Uvenathi Gcilishe
Business Development Officer

Ms Uvenathi Gcilishe is a Business Development Officer assisting township entrepreneurs in the Mabopane area, North of Pretoria representing The Innovation Hub Management Company


Julia Rachoene
Business Development Officer

Ms Julia Rachoene is a Business Development Officer assisting township entrepreneurs in the Eastrand, Tembisa area representing The Innovation Hub Management Company


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