Social Enterprise Startup Weekend, 16-18 August 2013 (6pm kickoff)
Te Ara Hihiko (The College of Creative Arts building)
Block 12, Massey University, Wellington
Startup Weekend is where positive, motivated people get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun! We attract experts, organisers, entrepreneurs, developers and designers of all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment.
Startup Weekend Wellington August 2013 will have a special focus on Social Enterprise. We welcome anyone with an interest in social entrepreneurship to come along, learn how to turn your passion into a social enterprise, connect with like-minded people, and help build the next wave of socially-minded businesses.
What do we mean by social enterprise? Glad you asked …
Social enterprises are organisations that:
Have a purpose weighted to social or environmental impacts;
Rely on some degree of trade to achieve that purpose.
The range of organisations that consider themselves ‘social enterprises’ is just as broad as the people who work in them.
Whether you’re an expert, organiser or volunteer, the common thread is a desire to make a difference, and the energy to make it happen. We’ll have inspirational people from all over Wellington including the business world, the public sector, NGOs, community groups, educational institutions – and we’d like you to join us!
We’re looking for positive people who have a passion for creating social or environmental outcomes, an interest in learning and building networks, and people who get excited about getting stuff done.
This Startup Weekend is about forming teams to build social enterprises over 54 hours. If you’ve got an idea for a social enterprise, this is the perfect place to bring it and pitch it to the rest of the participants. Otherwise, this is your chance to meet someone with an idea that you would love to work on.
We’ll begin this Startup Weekend on Friday at 6PM. We’ll spend some time for the participants to get to know one another, everyone to get to know the mentors and facilitators, and hear about how Startup Weekend works. Then people pitch their ideas to the crowd. Ten to fifteen concepts will attract viable teams around them. By late Friday night, teams will have sketched out their concepts in some detail and everyone will have roles assigned and an inkling of how they’re going to achieve their goals over the weekend.
Saturday morning is all about validation – teams will be contacting potential customers and stakeholders and finding out if there’s really a need for what they’re building. If not, they’ll need to pivot based on the information gleaned by “getting out of the building” and talking to people.
Meanwhile, developers and designers will be furiously building products, and teams will be attracting partners, advisers, and customers. Preparation of final 5-minute presentation will start on Sunday morning, because teams will need to pitch it by dinner time. After that, prizes will be awarded to the best teams.
Where you go from there is up to you. Many exciting businesses have come out of Startup Weekends and we’re sure there’ll be some amazing social enterprises emerging from this one.
Whether you are a social entrepreneur looking for a team to turn your idea into reality, or someone looking for something exciting to work on, or simply want to learn more about the world of start-ups and social enterprise – Startup Weekend is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and connect with great people along the way.
Tickets are selling fast! – register now to secure your place.