November Syracuse StartupWeekend Info



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)
What is 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


After pitches, you will have more time to mingle.If you pitched an idea, this is your time to start recruiting others that may be interested in your idea. If you did not pitch, or if you are having trouble finding others to join your team, use this time to seek out those that pitched other ideas that you found interesting.

Next, the crowd votes on their favorite pitches. This is simply a way to encourage quick team forming. This is by no means an exclusive process and if you pitched an idea and it is not voted as one of the top ideas, you are more than welcome to work on it if you find some other people who want to work on the idea with you. From there we will form teams and these are the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.


Check out some FAQ on the Startup Weekend site:



5:00pm:               Doors open (Pizza, Beer & Refreshments)
6:00pm:               Introduction (Agenda, Recognize Sponsors, Recognize Prizes)
6:15pm:               Speakers (Alyson Shontell, Mike Duda, and Albert Wenger)
7:00pm:               Pitches Begin – (60 seconds per person) / pitch rules visible
8:30pm:               Mingle and voting
9:00pm:               Team forming – then start working!
12:00am:              Roll out

9:00am:               Doors open. Breakfast served
10:00am:              Teams continue working. Mentors arrive and begin working with teams.
1:00pm:               Lunch
1:30pm:               Team check-ins
7:00pm:               Cocktail Reception at Washington Station (Hosted by O’Brien & Gere)
7:30 pm:              Speakers (Nancy Cronin & Tim Lynn)
11:00 pm:            Roll out

9:00am:               Doors open. Breakfast served
12:00pm:             Lunch
3:00pm:               Start prepping for presentations
5:00pm:               Dinner
6:00pm:               FINAL PRESENTATIONS
8:00pm:               Judging & awards
9:00pm:               Wrap up and go home!