Category: startups

To be a good leader you need to be a good beginner

Tim Gardner

Most people will have experienced group facilitation predominantly in a classroom setting which is the likely reason why it is for difficult for many to recall a standout lesson; successfully facilitating groups is not easy, even when teaching a class of highly capable postgraduate level students. From experience, it is a common occurrence to sit in a class of ~30 students and have roughly 10% of participants engage with the facilitator when prompted for questioning. From the facilitator’s perspective (and from my own recent personal experience facilitating a class in a guest lecture) this is not the most comfortable scenario; ~27 blank faces staring unnervingly back at you, these are postgraduate […] more

SWKhartoum Team Feedback

This was my first experience as a Startup Weekend mentor and I had a lot of fun. I was testing my own assumptions and validated ideas as I was mentoring because I would like to develop my own startup to serve the startup space. I am going to write about and critique every group, giving you feedback and suggestions. I will be brutally honest because I believe honesty is the best policy. Feedback will help you improve and we should always be seeking ways to improve and get better! Please understand though, my comprehension of the Arabic language is poor, my judgement of some your groups may only be based on my observations of […] more

Debrief: Startup Weekend Khartoum 2014

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Congratulations, you did it! You survived the inaugural Startup Weekend Khartoum event. You’re now a part of history here in Sudan. The Sudan startup scene is going to thrive because of you. I’ve had a great time here in Sudan and I’ll definitely be coming back. So now Startup Weekend is over, you’ve hopefully had some rest, what to do next? You only have a few hours left to submit your startup video for the Global Startup Battle so if you haven’t already, go make your video and upload it! There are some awesome prizes on offer, don’t miss out! The very next thing you should do is thank the sponsors! Startup Weekend is […] more

Sneak peak: The business model canvas

The business model canvas is your 1 page business plan. Your startup team will be given an A3 sized blank business model canvas and you will populate each section of the plan with your ideas scribbled down on sticky notes. Why sticky notes? Because they are temporary. Your plan will change over the weekend. Take a chance now to understand each section of the your startup business model canvas.                     http://sworg.s3.amazonaws.com/01_attendee-resources/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf                                                 more

How to validate your startup idea at SWKhartoum

The best idea won’t win Startup Weekend so forget about your idea. Instead, focus on the problem that your idea is trying to solve. Focus on validating your idea with actual customers. Fall in love with the problem, not your idea! Brilliant startup ideas solve a pre-existing problem so don’t even think about putting an MVP together until you’ve defined exactly what the problem is that you’re trying to solve. Then go find your potential customers and test your assumptions. Is solving the problem going to create enough value that somebody will pay you money for it? There’s only one way to figure out whether or not customers will love what […] more

Group dynamics – what to expect at Startup Weekend Khartoum

Tim at the Taj

It takes more than just a brilliant idea to win Startup Weekend. You need teamwork. Your startup contingent will need to function as a cohesive unit for 54 hours; collectively executing on a brilliant (and validated) idea and by times up, have a demonstrable prototype to be appraised by your judges. You won’t have time for messing around. Leaders will need to lead. Autonomous toil will need to collaborate. There will be pressure. There will be stress. There will be a dichotomy of adulation and triumph as well as moments of dejection and listlessness as you progress over the weekend. Your startups discourse, its ability to overcome challenges, is part of […] more

How to pitch your idea at Startup Weekend Khartoum

Startup Weekend Khartoum

On Thursday evening you’ll be given just 1 minute to pitch your idea at the inaugural Startup Weekend Khartoum. How to even? Because overwhelming excitement, it’s totally plausible that all 100 participants could be pitching their startup idea. How will you stand out and get your idea endorsed by the crowd? How will you attract co-founders and form a capable, cohesive and victorious startup team? #SWKhartoum will be limited to 20 startups only. That means only 20 ideas will make it through the 1 minute pitch playoff. The rest will be culled. If your pitch isn’t successful, you’ll have to sideline your idea for now and go join another startup and help work on […] more

How I became a Startup Weekend mentor

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That tech startup failure festival Startup Weekend is coming to Khartoum for the very first time (Nov 14-16) and I’ve been asked to mentor. How am I even qualified for such an esteemed job? For the uninitiated, Startup Weekend (SW) is where a bunch of wannapreneurs pitch a tech startup idea on a Thursday evening. They’re hoping to inspire a cohort of developers, designers and hustlers to champion their glorious idea into a working prototype by Saturday night. They’ll then demo that prototype to a panel of experts, who are judging – looking for the next big thing in tech  – providing feedback, and declaring winners for the weekend of the best startup idea. This is […] more