Frequently Asked Questions About Start & Found (FAQ)
Before the Rocket Start
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Start & Found attendee backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the Start & Found but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. But there is also a “Sunday Presentations Only” registration option available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final presentations.
Through the link on “Register Now” on our website. If registration is not open, ticketing has either not yet opened or is already sold out.
Please note the different ticket types: if Business tickets are sold out and you fall into the Business category, you’ll have to wait for the next event (which won’t be far off!). This is an important part of our efforts to maintain a balance between attendees’ backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event’s value for each participant.
Feel free to send us a Mail via info[at]startandfound.com with upcoming questions.
Since we always expect participants from around the globe the event will be hold in English.
When booking a vacation, you usually pay a huge extra for all-inclusive packages – Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks.
You’ll get all that PLUS the opportunity to meet awesome people, build life changing products, get valuable feedback as well as a chance to win huge prices and all the fame there is.
Since we have partnerships with quite a few universities, we only offer special student offers for these selected universities.
If your university is not on our website, it is not a partner – yet. If you think it should be, let us know through firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure it out.
If you have a special need regarding our food during the event like vegan or vegetarian food, please let us know through email@example.com. We are happy to include these in our planning.
We can only guarantee you a refund within 14 days before the event. This is due to our supply orders necessary. We hope for your understanding. You could sell the ticket to someone else (i.e. through our Facebook page), if you are late for the refund. Just keep in mind to inform the buyer, that he or she should contact us to change the name on the ticket.
During the Journey
Friday: Participants arrive between 5-7 PM, begin networking, and eat dinner. After an ice-breaking game and a short introduction by the Facilitator, there will typically be 1 short speaker talk on practical topics ranging from Pitching Best Practices to Lean Startup Methodology and more. Then the “Pitchfire” will commence: anyone intending to pitch will have 60 seconds to give their best pitch. No presentations or props needed for Friday, it will just be you and a mic. After pitches are finished, all attendees will vote on their favorites, and using these votes the top ideas will be selected to be worked on over the weekend. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working.
Saturday: Teams will work all day, with the occasional breaks to eat or listen to 1-2 short talks. Mentors will be circulating to provide advice in the field of their expertise for those teams that want it.
Sunday: Teams will work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon. They’ll begin wrapping up their product/prototype and presentation around 3-4 PM to do tech-checks and practice their demonstration. After all Judges have arrived presentations will begin. Each team typically has 5 minutes plus 2-3 minutes Q&A from the judges. The judges will select the top teams, give out prizes, and the event ends and celebration begins!
Any business ideas are eligible (whether for profit, ‘social’ businesses, nonprofit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.
Depending on the number of ideas pitched and the schedule, you may or may not be able to pitch multiple ideas. Prioritize your ideas: pitch your best idea (and the one you have most prepared for) first.
If you already earned a cent with your product, or you already finished the product you are not allowed to pitch it. The pitches on Friday are initial idea pitches. At the end the Start & Found is not only an accelerator, but also a competition and we have to be fair for all participants.
We have three judging criteria: Cusutomer Validation (Did you speak with customers?), Execution & Design (Can you execute the idea and do you have a beautiful UX?) and Business Model (How do you plan on making money?).
We will award in the categories Best Over All (potentially break-even after a short period), Best Design (beautifully designed product) and Best Pitch (inspiring and/ or entertaining pitch).
You will have 60 seconds for the initial idea pitches on Friday. On Sunday the pitches can be 3 min. or 5 min. depending on how many teams are formed on Friday night.
We can not guarantee you, that no one will copy your idea. But if you don´t start today to implement your idea you probably never will or it will be too late. Start & Found could be the platform for you to make your idea an actual product and business. Keep in mind it´s never about ideas it´s about execution!
After the Landing
Whether or not you continue to work on the idea with some or all of your team is completely up to you. Approximately 25% of Start & Found participants continue working on their idea with all of their team.
We love you, too! One of the beautiful things about Start & Found is that just about anybody can get involved, provided you are in it for the right reasons: to build communities and create startups. We can always use more help organizing events. Just reach out to us through firstname.lastname@example.org
Start&Found primarily focuses on the entry point of entrepreneurship, but our support and community spans much further beyond the event. Whether you are looking for more events in your city, guidance for investing and mentorship or a place to accelerate your business, we’re here to help in anyway we can.
On a side note, we love hearing about Start & Found success stories! If your experience is share worthy send us a mail! It’d make our day.
Yes there is a alumni network.
A few years ago we started with year specific groups. But we decided to extend this now, so that our alumnis can support each other through our network.
Just let us know through email@example.com and we will figure something out for you.
The prices awarded to the award winning teams during the Start & Found finals are team prizes. Your team and you have to decide, who should get which price, if you don´t continue with your project.