Startup Weekend is coming to Kuwait!

Want to know what it means to work in a startup and build a cool web or mobile app?

Startup Weekend allows you to do just that. Over 54 hours, you will:

  1. Share you idea.
  2. Build your team.
  3. Launch your startup.

We’re extremely excited to announce Startup Weekend is coming to Kuwait January 31 – February 2! Here’s what you need to know about the event:

Is this event for me?

Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, business, startup enthusiasts). As long as you’re ready to work in a team, you’re set!

What kind of background do I need?

While it is your objective to build a web/mobile app over the weekend, you do NOT need a technical background to attend. You can form a team with someone who does. Similarly, you do NOT need to have an idea to attend. You can form a team with someone who does.

 How do I register? How much does it cost?

Registration is free, and can be done on http://swkuwait.eventbrite.com/  Capacity is limited so we encourage everyone to register if they are attending.

What should I bring?

We encourage you to bring the following:

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards if you have them.
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

What happens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday?

 Thursday:

  • Participants arrive between 5-7 PM, begin networking, and eat dinner.
  • After a short introduction by the Facilitator, there will typically be 1 short speech on practical topics ranging from Pitching Best Practices to Lean Startup Methodology and more.
  • Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch.
  • No presentations or props needed for Thursday. It will just be you and a mic.
  • After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.

Friday:

  • Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat.
  • Mentors will be circulating to provide concrete advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.

Saturday:

  • Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon.
  • They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and/or presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration.
  • After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin: each team typically has 5 minutes plus 2-3 minutes Q&A from the jury (this will vary depending on how many teams are presenting).
  • The jury will select the top teams, give out prizes (we hope!), and the event ends (and celebration begins!).

What types of ideas can I pitch?

Any business ideas are eligible (whether for-profit, ‘social’ businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused.

 What about non-technical ideas?

We strongly recommend that non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website).

 Can I pitch my existing business? Can I work on an idea I’ve worked on before?

No. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. Working on an existing idea undermined the spirit in which Startup Weekend was intended.

 How do I protect against people stealing my idea?

The short answer is that you can’t. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t yet been thought of (which it almost surely isn’t), the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea.

What resources/assistance is provided over the weekend?

A key part of every Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event’s Speakers and Mentors. Mentors – community experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, etc. – dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams. In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), we’ve also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend. Check out startupweekend.org/resources for more info.

Where can I find more information?

Check out http://kuwait.startupweekend.org/ Everyone should read the Startup Weekend FAQ page for a more complete set of common Questions and Answers. If you have a question that isn’t answered, please ask one of the organizers or tweet us on @swkuwait.

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