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Founder Speed Dating

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MinneBar 7 (7 April 2012)
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Come and present your vision in a speed dating fashion and meet your future co-founders.
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Time: 14:50 to 15:35

Room: Harriet


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Do you have a startup idea, but you can't find technical or non technical co-founders to help you take it to the next stage? Come and present your vision in a speed dating fashion and meet your future co-founders.

    • Project Skyway co-founder Casey Allen will start us off with key topics to think about as you develop your business idea further. Not only that, you will get access to the Founders of present and previous Project Skyway, via monthly happy hours, to help brainstorm and get direction on the key challenges you will face while developing your business idea **

PRESENTER - send your ideas to jkhamb@gmail.com so that I can slot you in. No idea is too small, too big, too vague, too naive, too far fetched. If you feel passionate for it; we'll give you the stage.

Here is the deal - the time is short, and a lot of accomplish. Chaos is fine; but structure is better. We'll go through this list of instructions at the front of the hour.

Meeting Structure Assuming at least 5 idea presenters and >15 attendees 1. Each founder gets 5 minutes to present their idea 2. After all presentations are over; each presenter gets a table with a large post-it with the name of their idea 3. Each presenter has four chairs in front of them, where the attendees can sit and learn about the project in a speed dating fashion 4. The organizers will ring a bell after every 5 minutes for attendees to move to other tables (20-25 minutes, depending upon the # of attendees) 5. After speed dating session, founders get back to the organizers and give the names of their ideas, matched founders, emails etc.

Meeting Structure fewer than 5 presenters and 10 or fewer attendees 1. Each founder gets 5 minutes to present their idea 2. Followed by a session, not to last more than 15 minutes, where attendees ask questions on the idea 3. At the end of all presentations and Q&A, 15 minutes where attendees offer themselves to the founders to become part of the start up 4. After match up session is over founders get back to the organizers and give the names of their ideas, matched founders, emails etc.

Monthly Founder Happy Hour: We will organize a happy hour on a monthly basis where all founders get together to discuss the progress; brain storm with each other any issues they are facing; find contacts; etc.

INSTRUCTIONS Instructions for the presenters for the first 5 minutes: In your presentation try to answer as many of the following questions as possible while having fun at it. 1. Describe the problem your idea will solve 2. Describe who your customers will be 3. What are your immediate needs? Developer (front end, back end), Designer, money, contacts, etc. 4. Describe any technology/language that you will be using for the idea 5. Describe what role you will be playing in the team

Instructions for the attendees during the presentation session: 1. Please jot down your questions for each presenter, discuss these during the speed dating session 2. Questions could be addressed during the 5 minutes of presentations if the presenter has time

Instructions for the attendees during speed dating session: 1. Please rank order the ideas that you are interested in and go to your top priority first, and so on 2. Ask your question but let everyone sitting at the table ask one question before you ask your second question avoid a monologue or extended discussion with the presenter due to time constraints 3. If you are interested in a project, dont wait till the end to let the founder know that you want to join in, or you might lose the opportunity if others are selected first

Let's get the party started!!!!

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