How do pitches work at Startup Weekend?


People are often curious how the pitch format works for Startup Weekend. Unlike formal pitch events and formats, just get your idea out there quick and dirty.

Pitches on Friday night will be in a “pitch-fire” format, which means you will have just 60 seconds to get the audience interested in your idea. You will have no slides or props -just your voice. You won’t have time to go over features, so just focus on the core of the idea and make your enthusiasm contagious. Here is the format for pitches that we recommend:

Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 Seconds)
Whatis the problem that your product is solving? Or, begin with a story (10-20 Seconds)
Explain the product and how it solves the problem (10-20 seconds)
Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer?) (5-10 seconds)
Finally, make up a name for your startup so the facilitator can give it a title

60 Seconds is hard stop, which means once the timer goes off, on to the next pitch!

If you’re hesitant to pitch or just not sure about your idea, come talk to one of us organizers prior we’re here to help. Some of the best ideas and teams have formed out of a last second attempt standing up and pitching.

You can email us prior to the event at