Well fret no more, Sektor5 is kicking off 2015 with its first edition of the Startup Weekend Vienna. The 54-hour event will take place through 16-18 January at sektor5 and tickets are still available here.
What to expect
Startup Weekends bring together diverse startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and even launch new startups. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, participants form teams, come up with business ideas, test their assumptions and refine their pitch for a final presentation in front of a panel of judges. Experience is gained, relationships are forged and sometimes excellent startups are born.
The schedule will run from 6pm Friday evening until 9pm on Sunday and in between bursts of work on the business idea, teams will engage in networking and team building over a warm meal, one-on-one coaching sessions, Q&A sessions with mentors and finally a presentation in front of the judges. The winning team(s) will receive two tickets from FounderTalks.org for its upcoming conference and a surprise package.
Coaches, mentors and judges
Speak up during the kick-off event on Friday and actively recruit other participants to work on your idea.
For this year’s edition of the Startup Weekend Vienna, the organising team has brought together coaches and mentors with expertise in fields including crowdfunding, team building, product development, project management, business modelling, rapid prototyping, dealing with feedback etc. Some of the mentors include Thomas Schranz (blossom.io), Bernd Gruber (indoo.rs) and Franz Enzenhofer (fullstackoptimization.com) among others.
The panel of judges is made up of hardware investor Imre Hild, innovation manager Cloed Baumgartner, Mjam founder Angelo Laub, our very own inventures.eu cofounder Claudia Käfer and the Chief Information Officer for the City of Vienna, Ulrike Huemer.
Making the most of the experience
The Startup Weekend might only last 54 hours, but at such an event every second is precious. To make the most out of this opportunity, organiser Floor Drees advises you “to really speak up during the kick-off event on Friday and actively recruit other participants to work on your idea”. Alternatively, “listen carefully and pick your co-founder for the weekend wisely”. Joining a team that can benefit from your skills and in which you will be challenged goes a long way. Here are some further tips to prepare for this intensive weekend.
Tickets can be purchased online for 60 euros. For designers, a discount is available in collaboration with Digitalista here. For Healthtec enthusiasts who will be attending the Hacking Healthcare event the week before, the Startup Weekend Vienna entrance tickets will be available for half price.