We receive a ton of questions from people unsure if they can part-take in Startup Weekend Vienna with an already existing team or if they are only allowed to form teams at the event itself. The answer is: you can enter the competition on your own or with an already formed team. BUT: the idea should be new, you’re not allowed to bring your already developed idea, complete with prototype and marketing plan!
During the kick-off event on Friday January 16th you will get to pitch your idea and convince the other participants to join your team. We thought we’d remind you of what’s important shaping a team in the pressure cooker environment that’s called Startup Weekend:
Set aside the first hour of the Saturday to discuss roles and responsibilities within your team. Startup Weekend (much like life) is too short for wasting skills. Related: be realistic about what you can accomplish within 48 hours. For the designers this will probably mean that they will be adding on top of a framework that defines a lot of the basic styling (say, Bootstrap for instance). Developers will likely choose for a programming language suited for prototyping (did I hear anyone mumble Ruby on Rails?). The business minds will have a double role, making sure the designers and developers don’t forget to communicate whilst working on the strategy and preparing for the demo.
This does however in no ways mean you should be humble presenting your for-now-final-product during the jury finale. You still aim to take over the world, just consider the outcome of Startup Weekend the first big step in that direction.
We have a great number of mentors who can’t wait to help you out, like Thomas Schranz (big on growth hacking at blossom.io), Bernd Gruber (Getting Things Done at indoo.rs) and Franz Enzenhofer (SEO wunderkind, fullstackoptimization.com). They all have a different field of expertise and it can be tricky to figure out who to talk to at what point in your process – but we thought of a solution! Rolf Mistelbacher knows all the mentors and will help you figure out what mentor is the best fit at what stage.
Of course you want to build the next best thing, but don’t forget to network, have fun and make meaningful connections. Finding and forming a great team often times turns out to be more valuable than winning the competition.
And: get some sleep. Don’t skip meals. You need to be at your best and that means rested, fed and focused. Deadline stress is more often a blocker than a motivator.