If you’ve guys been reading my blog for well over a year you’ll know that I participated in Startup Weekend 2013. I’m not going to explain what Startup Weekend is in detail as I’ve already done that last year but I’ll summarise. Group of people gather up, some people pitch an idea, other people join their team and work endlessly throughout the weekend to get a prototype ready with a presentation.
By Saturday the presentation and prototype should be ready to pitch to a group of judges that will rate you based on different categories including how inclined they are to invest in your project if they were to. Last year my teams concept was to have a Diet App that allows you to pick a restaurant in Kuwait then pick which diet you’re going with and it will tell you what meal to order.
My team managed to get 2nd place last year, this year however I was aiming for 1st place with a new concept. After working day and night with a team of developers and a business developer I was ready to pitch our concept with a functional android app prototype, we got 1st place. Now that I got what I was aiming for I’ll probably be a mentor on the next Startup Weekend to help competing teams.
I won’t get into too much detail on our project because we are currently in the works of financing the whole thing and making an actual business out of it, something I’m excited about. It’s an app that allows you to browse, book and pay for specific locations in Kuwait. I’ll reveal the curtains once the app is launched and ready to be marketed.
I encourage everyone to join the next Startup Weekend, you get a super productive weekend, meet new people and learn a ton of information about financing a business, validating your customers, validating your features as well as pitching a great presentation in less than 5 minutes. These are the type of contests that everyone leaves a winner because everyone gains so much.
It’s also worth noting Startup Weekend is a worldwide event that takes place in over 50 countries including the GCC. It’s powered by Google and sponsored by Coca-Cola and Amazon. I noticed this year their were more ideas (31 pitched ideas in total) and more teams competing for the prizes, I’m expecting the next Startup Weekend to be bigger.