I wanted to get some feedback from the Utah startup community before we get too far with this idea. Some community members at Startup Ogden have come up with an idea for an “event”. I put that in quotes because all the world needs is *another* entrepreneurship event, right? Right. So this isn’t an event, it’s more a set of private meetings for two days. What does that mean?
The format we are thinking of is something like this:
You are a startup somewhere in the state of Utah. Startup means you are a relatively new company with a relatively new product/service you are trying to grow. Basically, mature businesses with a decent amount of revenue/employees/etc. would not fit the definition. If you think you fit this definition, you apply to attend. What are you applying to attend?
Two days of private advice with legit entrepreneurs along with some community building and some fun!
We are looking to have this sometime in May or June. We will pick 16 startups from the application pile. Those 16 startups will each get one hour with a proven, successful and knowledgeable entrepreneurs. Think big names, big successes, as well as lesser known and quieter folks — either way, they will know what they are talking about, have a track record of doing things well, and will be good men/women in general that will meet with each company for one hour. This means each startup will have 16 meetings per startup over the two days.
So we will curate this group of really talented entrepreneurs and startups. They will spend 8 hours the first day and 8 hours the second day in 16 one-on-one meetings with Utah startups. There will be no keynote, no hashtag, no entry fee, no fluff. This is about finding 16 startups in Utah that look promising and pairing them in private time with super talented entrepreneurs.
So day one is 8 hours of meetings, with a fun outing that night and staying in Ogden. Day two will be another 8 hours of meetings and then we are done. We will cover all of the hotel, food and other expenses for the startups and entrepreneurs attending. This is not about spending or making money for any party involved. It’s about helping Utah startups without wasting any time.
So now we need your feedback and ideas. Good? Bad? Please comment and share. We are starting to gather the 16 entrepreneur advisors and want to setup the application page soon and pick a date. Again, the goal is to put something together that really helps these companies and building the Utah community.