Non-profit Startup Boosters

I’ve found several emerging non-profit organizations boosting startups over weekends. Generally they invite entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.

http://globalstartupbattle.com/

http://startupaccelerator.org/

http://chicago.theleanstartupmachine.com/

Many have similar agenda and goal of building MVP during fixed time (about 50 hours).

Example of Agenda from http://chicago.theleanstartupmachine.com/

Friday, November 5

  • 5:30pm — Doors open
  • 6 — Event begins. Networking time.
    (Pizza and beverages served)
  • 7 — Official kick-off and welcome (Eric Ries)
  • 7:15 — Speakers:
    Brant Cooper
    Kevin Taylor
    Patrick Vlaskovits
  • 8:15 — Pitches
  • 9:45 — Networking, Teams Solidify
  • 11 — Break off to coffee shop and begin work

Saturday, November 6

  • 8:30am — Breakfast is served (Ramen Noodles). This day is all about customer development
  • 10 — Teams split into Problem group & Solution group. Problem group gets out of building to talk to customers. Solution group starts spec’ing MVP, building the website, copy, & prototype
  • 6 — Dinner (Ramen Noodles)
  • …Work through the night

Sunday, November 7

  • 8:30am — Breakfast
  • 10 — Teams should have a working prototype to showcase.
  • 12 — Eat lunch while you work, teams prepare final presentation on what they’ve learned
  • 3 — Judges takes their seats. Special guests say a few words. Final presentations begin.
  • 4:30 — Winners Announced & Prizes Awarded!