13:30 – 15:30
Workshop – How to valdate your business idea before getting started
Everyone has business ideas: Some ideas come spontaneously, others come from problems which we encounter daily. But after the first enthusiasm in most cases, we are unsure whether our idea is really valuable and if it solves a real problem people are having. Therefore, ideas stall because the process of getting them to market can seem overwhelming. But in reality, if you validate your idea – prove it has worth beyond the bar napkin on which it was scribbled – the process thereafter actually gets much easier. This hands-on workshop will be dived into two parts: Idea Validation and Product-Market-Fit. In both parts, we will take a closer look into the process of idea validation and other methods which will help you to validate your business idea before you get started. You will walk away with tools and techniques you can apply and we will illustrate product advice with examples, case studies, and class exercises.
Milan Vukas is an entrepreneur and startup mentor for early stage startups, particularly focusing his work on startup sales and growth. At the age of 18, Milan realized that he was searching for something more than just the standard life, and founded his first startup. While building and growing his startup, he realized that there were barely any resources to help early stage entrepreneurs to successfully grow their business. Later in 2013 he decided to leave his startup and help passionate entrepreneurs promote and improve their business and work as a startup mentor. Milan also works as sales expert at Quintly, a social media analytics firm based in Cologne.
Workshop- How to find and land seed investment
This workshop discusses the pros and cons of angel investment. During the workshop, Matt will touch on the benefits and negatives of crowdfunding, where to search for angel investors, how to approach them and what the pitfalls are. Matt will also discuss the best way to structure a pitch and list the key questions investors ask startups when pitching. The workshop will culminate into a practical pitch exercise for the participants including role play and a pitching exercise.”
“Matt Kuppers is the founder and CEO of Startup Manufactory. The London-based startup consulting firm provides consulting to startups, advises governments, and teaches entrepreneurship. Alongside consulting startups, Matt has also been advising the London School of Economics on innovation, the European Commission on an ecosystem project, and teaching entrepreneurship.