After a 54-hour weekend spend brainstorming and launching projects, a lot of Startup Weekend graduates pretty much go back to the daily grind. They go back to work or school and continue to deal with whatever life has throws their way. Many, however, keep in touch with their SW teams and continue what they started.
If you want to keep the momentum going after the Startup Weekend, here are some tips you can follow.
- Stay in touch with your team. The Startup Weekend is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and create a network. You have countless opportunities to build relationships with your teammates. After SW, you should keep this network alive by scheduling regular meetings – not necessarily business-related ones all the time. You can watch movies and go out for dinner as a group. You can even go out-of-town together. Just make sure that you continue to meet and update each other. These get-togethers can lead to business opportunities and will help keep the momentum live, enough for your startup to continue taking shape.
One of the aims of Startup Weekend is to bring like-minded people together and encourage them to share ideas. This should continue long after the SW is done.
- Stay in touch with your coaches/mentors. You should be continuously in touch with those who coached and mentored you. Find time to meet with them so you can update each other. Remember that these people have contacts and can help you further develop the network you started during the SW. Again, don’t limit your meetings to business appointments; try to go out for beer or for a game of golf.
- Keep your zest for learning. Just because the Startup Weekend is done doesn’t mean you can stop stocking up on new knowledge! Your quest for learning should continue long after the last hour of the SW. Find time to learn more about the basics of entrepreneurship and startup businesses.
One of the advantages of keeping in touch with your teammates, coaches, and mentors is that you get to share ideas and exchange additional avenues of learning. There are a lot of opportunities for growth and learning, and this can only mean good things for your SW endeavors and projects.
- Discover and explore. For your project to reach its target potential, you need to keep studying the consumer market. You and your team should communicate with your potential clients. Discover what you need to do to satisfy them and explore the options available so you and your team can present your project with positive results.
- Participate in other Startup Weekend events. Your first SW experience should not be your last. Your first pitch should be followed by another. There is no rule against joining as many SWs as possible! If you can’t find one in your area or city, explore your options in neighboring places. You’re sure to find one eventually.
Continuously joining Startup Weekend events will practice you and hone your skills. Pretty soon, you’ll have all the confidence you need to develop and launch a startup.
- Don’t forget to have fun! Creating and launching a startup business or project does not mean you’ll have to work well into the night or the weekends. You and your team should find time for fun. The Startup Weekend may be an intense 54-hour brainstorming session, but it is also an event that’s full of fun and surprises. If you want your startup project to succeed, learn to integrate elements of fun and surprise into practically everything that you do.
The Startup Weekend does not stop after the 54-hour intense sessions of pitching, planning, developing, and launching a project. It’s a continuous journey that offers countless benefits and rewards to those who are determined about their goals and visions.
Cagayan de Oro’s first Startup Weekend is presented by the CDO ICT Business Council. It will be held on July 11, 12, and 13, 2014 at Capitol University. This life-changing event is sponsored by Ideaspace, Capitol University, Microsoft, Arriba Telecontact, Bohemian Express Travel and Tours, Indinero, Firefox, Syntactics, RedLemon Digital Media, Airbnb, AllIWant, Barato.com.ph, Gaisano Interpace and FBC Business Solutions. Media partners include The Cagayan de Oro Times, clix.com.ph, CDOBloggers, Magic 89.3, OroChamber and iNewMedia. For more information, check out the Startup Weekend CDO Facebook page and website.