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Startup OKC - a weekend-long startup competition

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Startup OKC is a weekend-long competition where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts alike come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! It’s where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

We begin with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees have ONE minute to pitch their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Anyone is welcome to pitch their idea. Teams will organically form around the top 7-8 ideas determined by attendee votes, and participants get started on creating a startup! Saturday and Sunday teams focus on business model creation, customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

On average, half of Startup OKC’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business or non-technical backgrounds.

Please read the FAQ's below the schedule for more information about Friday night pitches and Sunday night presentations.

Participants, early bird prices expire September 30th. Register today to save $30!

If you have questions about the event or are interested being a sponsor, email us at info@startupokc.co. To donate, click the green Tickets button above to see the Donation ticket type.

Organizers: Zac Bob | Jason Trout | Tommy Yi | Kris Dillon


SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

6:30 pm: Registration - Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm: Dinner & Networking - Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 pm: Welcome & Speaker (TBD) - Review agenda for the weekend, introduce coaches, and hear from a local entrepreneur.

8:00 pm: Pitches Start - One of the most important parts of the weekend is the 1-min pitch session on Friday night. Anyone who wants to pitch gets 60 seconds to convince the crowd that their business idea is interesting, feasible, and meaningful. We encourage everyone to pitch an idea, but it’s definitely not required. Teams will form around the top ideas pitched, so your pitch has to be one of the best!

For those of you that attended last year, you'll remember that the WINNER of Startup OKC 2016 was an idea that was made up on the spot when we asked if anyone had a 2nd idea to pitch.

9:00 pm: Voting - Attendees vote for the top pitches. If you pitched an idea... sell it!

9:15 pm: Form Teams - If you’re idea is in the top 7-8, this is your chance to recruit team members. Look for those that will complement your skills. If you didn’t pitch an idea or if your idea wasn’t one of the ideas chosen, JOIN A TEAM. Work on the idea that interests you most, where you can add the most value, and where you’ll have the most fun for the weekend. There are no restrictions on the number of team members a team can have.

10:00 pm: Begin Work - Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

SATURDAY

8:30 am: Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 am: Begin Work - Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. We’ll provide a light breakfast and coffee to get you going.

10:00am: Coach Meetings - We’ll bring in several entrepreneurs from the community with diverse backgrounds to spend some time with your team and give you feedback and advice. Ask them questions. They are here to help!

12:00 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm - Educational Talk (TBD) - A leader from the community will give a quick talk on a topic that will hopefully help you throughout the weekend.

1:00 pm: Check-In - After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm: Coach Meetings - We’ll bring in several entrepreneurs from the community with diverse backgrounds to spend some time with your team and give you feedback and advice. Ask them questions. They are here to help!

6:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Check-In - After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm: Wrap-Up - Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

SUNDAY

8:30 am: Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 am: Begin work

10:00 am: Check-In

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Presentation Prep - Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation.

3:00 pm: Tech Check - Each team will need to hook up their laptop they will be presenting from to make sure everything's working properly.

5:00 pm: Dinner & Drinks at the venue

5:00 pm: Final Presentations - 5 minutes per team. Make it count!

6:30pm: Speaker

7:00 pm: Judging & Awards - Prize packages for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place announced.

9:00 pm: Go Home and Sleep!!!!


FAQs


Does everyone have to pitch an idea Friday night?

Nope! But we hope you do! You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for a while or an idea you thought of last minute that you think of on Friday. It's great experience to pitch to a room of people and get your message across in only 60 seconds. If you don't want to pitch, no problem! Be ready to vote on the best ideas and join a team for the weekend.


Can I pitch an existing business?

NO. This competition is for teams to work on an idea from the ground up and is not for existing businesses. Good rule of thumb: if you have a website, a product or even a prototype, your idea is too far along for Startup OKC. If you've done some preliminary research on your idea to help craft your pitch Friday night, that's completely fine! The reason it's important for the idea to still be in the idea stage is that the team that forms around your idea should be instrumental in helping that idea come to life over the course of the weekend. If you want to have 100% control of your idea and you just want to attend to get people to work on it for free, this is not the event for you.


Can I pitch any idea?

Any ideas are eligible, but the event is tech-oriented. So the majority of ideas are mobile or web-related. We recommend that whatever the idea is, you come up with some type of tech-focused component since a portion of the judging criteria on Sunday is execution and design, usually through the development of a minimum viable product.

Again, Startup OKC is for new startup ideas only. The team that forms around an idea will be instrumental in helping that idea come to life over the course of the weekend. If you already have a website, a product or even a prototype, your idea is too far along for Startup OKC.


What makes a good 60 second pitch on Friday night?

A pitch should be unique to you, but some structure never hurts as a place to start. A simple template may look like:

[10 sec] Introduce and sell yourself
[20-30 sec] Describe the problem you want to solve
[10-20 sec] Describe your solution (e.g. explain the product)
[10 sec] What do you need to be successful during the weekend? (people, skills, tools, etc)


What is the judging criteria for Sunday presentations?

Here’s the judging criteria for Sunday presentations.

Business Model

How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model, etc?

Customer Validation

Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? Are teams building something that people actually want?

Execution & Design

Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?


Do the winning teams win prizes?

Yes! We havent' solidified this year's prize packages yet, but to give you an idea, here's what Startup OKC 2016 winners received:

1st Place

  • Free incorporation & operating agreements by Dunlap Codding
  • 5 hours legal consultation from Dunlap Codding
  • 1 yr part-time flex membership at StarSpace46
  • 5 hrs technical consultation from Oklahoma Software & Technical Services
  • 1 yr free Cage App Basic plan
  • $100 SkyToaster domain and hosting credit

2nd Place

  • Free incorporation & operating agreements by Dunlap Codding
  • 6 mo part-time flex membership at StarSpace46
  • 3hrs technical consultation from Oklahoma Software & Technical Services
  • 1 yr free Cage App Basic plan
  • $50 SkyToaster domain and hosting credit

3rd Place

  • Free incorporation & operating agreements by Dunlap Codding
  • 3 mo part-time flex membership at StarSpace46
  • 3hrs technical consultation from Oklahoma Software & Technical Services
  • 1 yr free Cage App Basic plan
  • $50 SkyToaster domain and hosting credit

Am I expected to participate the entire weekend?

Yes. This is a weekend-long competition. The organizers have participated in and organized several weekend-long startup competitions, and it's absolutely critical to the teams' success and the value that each participant gets out of the weekend that everyone participates the entire weekend. Is it a lot of work? Absolutely. Will it interfere with any other plans you have that weekend? Absolutely. Is it worth it. ABSOLUTELY. We'd encourage you to ask past participants what their experiences were like or post the question on our Facebook page so past participants can give you their opinions on the weekend.


I have a conflict that weekend. Can I still check out the event?

The Startup OKC community definitely wants you involved! In order to be a participant, you will need to participate then entire weekend. If you cannot participate, feel free to come Friday night to network and watch the :60 pitches, then come back Sunday night to watch the presentations. We'll open up a special ticket type 3 weeks before the event if you want to swing by to watch Fridan and/or Sunday night.


Can I be a sponsor or donate to Startup OKC?

YES! Startup OKC is a non-profit organization that relies on support from the OKC community to put on these events. If you're interested in being a sponsor, please email us at info@startupokc.co. If you would like to donate, please click the green TICKETS button above where you'll find a DONATION ticket type. Thank you so much for your support!


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach out to us through Eventbrite, email us at info@startupokc.co, or post a question on our Facebook page.


What's the refund policy?

We're happy to refund your ticket purchase up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Terms of Participation Agreement:

It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. Here's our stance: Ideas are worthless. It's all in the execution. And to execute, you need a team. You can find team members at Startup OKC events.

As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup OKC, your volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.

By Participating at the event, you grant Startup OKC permission to capture photo/video of the event.

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