54 hours to create a real business!

POSTED BY Lowndes Jordan
Michelle York
29 June 2017

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A recap of Auckland Startup Weekend May 5th-7th

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour long event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend.

Lowndes Jordan is a strong supporter of Startup Weekend, having mentored at every Auckland event since the first one in 2011. This year I joined Startup Weekend veteran, Rick Shera, as a mentor for the event.

I regularly work with entrepreneurs at all stages of the business lifecycle, and have spent a number of years in-house providing legal, commercial and governance advice to boards and senior managers of tech startups. Attending Startup Weekend as a mentor was a great opportunity for me to assist the participants by passing on some of my own knowledge and experiences, but also to learn from the seasoned, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors.

Despite having a strong startup background, the weekend introduced me to a number of unfamiliar concepts. These included the lean canvas, a valuable tool to critically and quickly identify every aspect of a business and analyse how all the different parts work together; validation, the process of checking assumptions through customer interviews and data and the Startup Weekend’s mantra, the Japanese concept, Ganbate! or, “bring your fight, make yourself proud, give it your all!”.

It was really invigorating to see such passion from the attendees. They varied in age, background and experiences, but their combined enthusiasm and drive was captivating. I was extremely proud to witness the progress made over the 54 hours, from their Friday night pitches to their Sunday night presentations in front of the judging panel and audience of industry experts. It was an added bonus that the team I mentored won the event. Well done the Loft!

I was also blown away by passion from the support team, from the organisers, other mentors, food team and photographers, many of whom keep coming back to volunteer year after year.

Startup Weekend is an amazing experience, for all those involved. As the Startup Weekend organisers say, “not everyone can spare 3 months, but everyone has a weekend to spare”. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone, bring your Ganbate, and sign up for the next Startup Weekend. See you there.

Michelle

POSTED BY Lowndes Jordan
Michelle York
29 June 2017

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