Pitch Karaoke: A Startup Weekend Bootcamp

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Sponsors
  4. Organizing Team
  5. Blog
Register Now

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Seattle, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Pitch Karaoke: A Startup Weekend Bootcamp

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Hall

1100 Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195

Register Now

An untraditional take on pitch prep featuring 6 mystery pitch-decks, 6 unprepared pitchers, laughs, learning, and beer.

The pitch is a critical element to the success of any startup. It is how you win the hearts, minds and souls of investors, team members, customers, and the WORLD! Without the pitch, your startup is nothing.

The only problem is... pitching is hard and a little scary too!

Pitch Karaoke seeks to support anyone interested in startups and entrepreneurship by:
- helping people overcome public speaking fears
- educating the community on the critical elements of a 5 minute pitch presentation
- pushing future entrepreneurs to be comfortable with the concept of failure
- bringing together the Seattle startup community in a humorous yet relevant environment

The Format:
6 mystery slide decks will be created to showcase 6 imaginary startups.

On the day of the event, volunteers from the crowd will be asked to pitch these startups in front of Seattle's welcoming, friendly, and HUMBLE entrepreneur community. ;)

The Caveat?
- They will NOT see the slides in advance of their presentation.
- They will NOT be told the outline of critical presentation elements. 
- The startups will be imaginary. They do not exist in real life... yet.
- Presentations are Ignite-style: 5 minutes total - 20 slides auto-advancing every 20 seconds.

At the conclusion of the pitches, the audience & pitchers will gather to discuss the critical elements of a good pitch and to recap highlights from the evening. 

*In other parts of the world, this format is called "BattleDecks." Check out the video link for an awesome example from SXSW.

Get the complete experience!

You might also enjoy Central District Startup Weekend



6:00 pm
Doors Open (Beer & Chip Buffet!)
Enjoy a drinks, some chips & dip, and meet your fellow community members.

6:30 pm
1st Round of Pitch Karaoke Begins
Pitches 1-3 to take place.

7:00 pm
Bio & Beer Break
Fill your cup, munch a chip, hit the can.

7:15 pm
2nd Round of Pitch Karaoke Begins
Pitches 4-6 to take place.

7:45 pm
Bio & Beer Break #2
Pitches are done, but the fun isn't over quite yet...

8:00 pm
Group Discussion & Recap Highlights
We'll briefly cover the elements of a great pitch, and call out some of the great moments & growth areas from our earlier pitches.

8:15 pm
Enjoy Drinks & Socialize W/ Community!
We'll hang until the food & drink are gone! Great time to connect with the community.

9:00 pm
After Party (optional) - Real Karaoke!
Local UW watering-hole Fin MacCool's hosts Karaoke of the singing variety on Thursdays. We'll gather who we can and head that way to continue the fun.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Pitch Karaoke: A Startup Weekend Bootcamp team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Community Partners

Organizing Team

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

  • Seijen
  • Luz
  • Skyler
  • David


Seijen Takamura
Experience & Innovation Strategy @ Target

By day, Seijen serves as an experience & innovation strategist at Target HQ where he leverages guest stories to build better products and services.

In a previous life, he served as a regional manager at UP Global where he helped build startup communities along the East Coast. 

Having recently re-patriated to  Minneapolis, Seijen is proud to have lived in Chicago, London, and Seattle. He is also the founder of The Lonely Bicycles Project, a photography experiment.

Luz Bratcher

Luz is the senior designer UP Global where she tends to all things UX. Originally hailing from Phoenix, she fled the blistering heat of the desert for to work with startups in Seattle. On the side, she's probably showing you pictures of her cats.

Event Blog

See Full Blog