Startup Weekend Women FAQs

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18 Questions about Startup Weekend Women!

1. What is Startup Weekend Women all about?

Startup Weekend Women is a weekend-long event in which participants will get a chance to take a deep dive into entrepreneurship! In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

2. Who can attend Startup Weekend Women?

Startup Weekend Women is the perfect opportunity for female entrepreneurs to come together and take the first step of their startup journey. However, male participants may also participate in the weekend long event.

3. What sort of a business idea can I pitch?

Anything and everything. It can be your solution to a problem you face in your everyday life or a reworked model of an existing idea. It can be something you’ve been thinking about for years or it can be something you’ve thought of at the event!

4. Do I absolutely need a business idea beforehand?

Absolutely not. You can listen to the ideas that other participants share and choose to work on their teams!

5. Do I need to have a team to register?

Not really. You are already an army-of-one. You are, however, encouraged to join with other participants that you will meet at the event to form a team to foster collaboration and teamwork!

6. Will I end up embarrassing myself?

No chance. There is no pre-requisite for attending the event. The Startup Weekend Women program is built to accommodate everyone, from newcomers to seasoned professionals. Even Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs had a starting point – this could be yours!

7. What will happen to my business idea once the event is over?

Why don’t you ask Trash It, the winners of our previously-held Startup Weekend Karachi 2017? The young startup has gone on to garner international recognition and further establish their business. Theirs is just one success story among plenty of others that emerge from the event globally. We want to help you write yours!

8. I already have a working startup. Can I still apply?

Of course! The event will be a fantastic opportunity to get guidance from mentors, meet others who are interested in joining your team and get further validation on your business model. Do note, however, that you will ultimately be judged based on what you achieve over the weekend, not on what you have achieved in the past.

9. Is there a waiver for the ticket fees?

We want our event to be all-inclusive. We have made provisions to waiver the ticket price for a select few participants who are able to demonstrate a need for financial aid. To request a waiver, simply fill in required field in the registration form.

10. What are the timings for each day?

Friday 2nd March: 5.30pm to 10pm

Saturday 3rd March: 9am to 10pm

Sunday 4th March:  9am to 10pm

11. What is the schedule for the event?

The tentative schedule is as follows:

(Day 1) Friday5:00 PM onwards

6:00 PM

Checkin/Registration

7:00 PM

Welcome and speaker

7:30 PM

Pitching

9:00 PM

Voting

9:15 PM

Form Teams & begin work

10:00 PM

Wrap up/Dinner/Networking

(Day 2) Saturday9:00 AM onwards

9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:30 AM

Begin work (form teams and set up workspace)

11:00 AM

Workshop/speaker session

12:30 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Checkin after lunch, status reports, call for help

2:00 PM

Coach Meetings/Mentorship

4:00 PM

Workshop/speaker session

7:00 PM

Dinner

7:30 PM

Checkin

10:00 PM

Wrap up

(Day 3) Sunday9:00AM onwards

9:00 AM

Breakfast

10:00 AM

Checkin/final discussions with coaches/mentors

12:30 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Coach meetings

3:00 PM

Final presentation preparation/ equipment check

5:00 PM

Final Presentations

7:30 PM

Judging and Awards

8:00 PM

Dinner

9:00 PM

Wrap up

12. Where will the event be held?

The event will be held at The Nest I/O’s incubator space in Karachi (3rd Floor, CitiView Building, above Naheed Supermarket, Main Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi).

13. Do I need to attend all three days?

Yes, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate in all three days.

14. Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking. Otherwise you can join another team and work with them.

15. What should I bring?

  • Laptop (Its okay if you don’t have one!)

  • Power cord (Its okay if you don’t have one!)

  • Business cards (Its okay if you don’t have one!)

  • Lots of creative energy! (A must-have!)

16. Can I just participate as an observer?

Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, the event will be open to participants only.

17. Who are the coaches?

Our coaches will be entrepreneurs and key business leaders, who have had the experience of working within Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The list includes female co-founders of Pakistani startups who will be able to guide you on your startup journey.

A few of the coaches are:

Sana Farooq (CEO, The E-Learning Network), Nadia Patel Ganjee (CEO, Sheops), Sara Khurram (CEO, Sehat Kahani), Shanza Khan (Co-founder, Bolo Tech), Madiha Yusuf (Co-founder, Comfort Cart), Mehreen Jivani (Co-founder, Comfort Cart),  Anusha Fatima (CEO, Trashit), Faiza Yousuf (Founder, Parhlo).

18. Who are the speakers?

We will have short speaker sessions from seasoned professionals who have made their mark in their respective field. Once upon a time they also stood exactly where our participants stand today. Their inspiring stories will motivate our participants to keep following their dreams!

 

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