Startup World is a global competition to promote startups and entrepreneurship. The initiative has held events in 22 cities across the world with over 2000 startups applying and 250 startups pitching in the events that have been running across Africa, Europe and North and South America for the past year.
The final will be held on November the 7th 2013 at Plug and Play Tech Center in San Francisco where 22 technology startups from Africa, Europe and North and South America will battle it out to be crowned the world’s best startup.
Tickets to the final event can be purchased for $20 each here.
Everyone wants their product to be as slick as the newest iPhone or iPad. The iTunes design may not have changed much over the years but it works. Apple seems to have found a way to design products and software that critics love, people love to use, and is timeless (in tech time, that is). How can you design like Apple? Check out this short video to find out:
You’ve been working on your startup for 6, 9, 12+ months… You and your Co-Founder(s) think you’re onto something! You’re determined to take it to the next level? FounderFuel wants you!
Beware! FounderFuel ain’t no picnic. For 12 weeks you’ll be challenged, questioned, pushed, inspired and challenged again. You’ll have invigorating highs and discouraging lows, but we promise you’ll come out on top feeling stronger than ever. And at the end of your journey, you’ll have a refined business, figured out how to get traction and be equipped to raise the seed round you need to fuel your growth.
There’s no denying it. FounderFuel is a game changing experience, both for your business and yourself! But don’t take our word for it. Do you homework and talk to our Alumni! Who better to tell you what you’re in for (and what you’ll get out of it) than those who have done it themselves?
If that’s not enough to convince you or if you think your business is ~too far along, take a look the TransitApp’s pitch below and the full list of Summer 2013 Demo Day pitches:
So… Think your team (and your business) is ready to tackle the most intense and challenging 12 weeks you’ve ever experienced?
“If you build it, they will come.” While that mantra may have worked for Kevin Costner and Darth Vader back in ’89, times have changed, much like the hairstyles.
No longer can entrepreneurs put a product out there and expect consumers to rush out of the cornfields to get it. Nowadays, consumers know exactly what they want, and they certainly aren’t shy about letting you know.
This is what the Lean Startup movement is all about. Popularized by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries, the Lean Startup movement tells entrepreneurs to get out of their heads and instead get into the minds of their target audience.
Alistair Croll, founder of Solve for Interesting, takes this idea one step farther with his book “Lean Analytics.” In the book Croll discusses how companies can get data about their audience by using social media and new technology practices.
Croll’s suggestions include:
- Pinpointing the business’s most important metric for growth (e.g. revenue)
- Identifying the business model’s riskiest aspect
- Establishing a Minimum Viable Product, or a strategy to test the risk against the growth metric
- Analyzing the results
- Modifying the business model based on the results
- Repeating the process until you discover your market
Croll talked about this method recently in a video interview with Software Advice – a free resource for software reviews and comparisons. Check out the video to hear how companies like Flickr, AirBnB.com and Twitter used this new business strategy and found out that they will come if you build it.
It’s been proven over and over again that videos speak louder than words and photos. If people watch them, they’re much more likely to remember them than anything else you can come up with. If you’re going to make a video, make sure it sticks with the people who watch it. You can make it super serious, or super hilarious.
If you’d like some tips, take some notes from this one (it has over 10 million views on YouTube):