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Table Of Contents

Our Core Ideology WhatWeBelieve:OurCoreValues

WhyWeExist:OurCorePurpose

Envisioned Future BHAG

VividDescriptionoftheFuture

The Why: What Will Never Change O1

Who Are We GuidingPrinciples

The Who O6

Define SuccessCurrent Operational ModelsKey Strategic Metrics We Track

Operations

BizDev

Marketing

Research

Community

The What 14

Operational Objectives to Achieve Our BHAGThe Startup Weekend Engine

Your First Day FactsThatMatter:(DontForgetThese)

Work Culture Work/LifeIntegration

WorkHours

OutoftheOffice

Sickness

Vacation

PersonalTime

WorkFromHome

Sociability

Travel

SoSummit/RegionalSoSummits

WorkplaceAtmosphere

Decision MakingOur Greatest StrengthsOur Greatest Weaknesses

Welcome To Startup Weekend 2O

Pivotal MomentCurrent Areas of FocusConclusion

Where Are We Going? 28

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Our Core Idealogy

OurIdeologyisauthenticandpersonal:thisiswhoweareasindividualsworkingatStartupWeekend.Thisiswhatguidesandinspiresustopursueourmission-thisisourWHY.TheCoreideologyisdividedbetweenourourCoreValuesandourCorePurpose.

Peopleshouldbejudgedbytheiractions,notbywhattheytalkabout

Thebestwaytoleadafulfillinglifeistopursueyourpassions

Entrepreneurshipisthesinglegreatestforceadvancingsocietyandhumanwelfare

Empoweringothersisthebestwaytoidentifyleaders,buildcommunities,andinspire

change

The WHY: What Will Never Change

The WHY: What Will Never Change | 2

What We Believe: Our Core Values

AUTHENTIC

PERSONALCore

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Ourcorepurposeistohelppeopleleadfulfillinglivesandcreatevalueforsociety.

Why We Exist: Our Core Purpose

The WHY: What Will Never Change | 3

Envisioned Future

StartupWeekendisfundamentallydisruptingthewaytheworldisapproachingentre-preneurialeducation.StartupWeekendisademocratizerofentrepreneurship,makingitaccessibletoasmanypeopleaspossible-regardlessofreligion,race,gender,orsociopolitical

differences.StartupWeekenddarestoenvisionafuturethatimposesahuge,yetrealistic,chal-

lengetotheorganization.AusefulexerciseinenvisioningthefutureistoexamineourBig

HairyAudaciousGoal(BHAG).

The WHY: What Will Never Change

INCOMING BHAG!

In 15 years, Startup Weekend will be the worlds largest start-ing point for entrepre-neurs creating mean-ingful and persistent firms.

BHAGBHAGIn 15 years, Startup Weekend will be the worlds largest start-ing point for entrepre-neurs creating mean-ingful and persistent firms.

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The WHY: What Will Never Change

AssumingwecanachieveourBHAG,onecouldeasilyenvisionaworldwhereanyonewill

knowwheretogowhentheyhaveanidea,arelookingforateamorwanttocreateacompany.

StartupWeekendwillsuccessfullyprovethatwithinanystartupecosystemwecanincrease

notonlythevolume,butthequalityofentrepreneursandtherateatwhichtheyadvancefrom

onestagetothenextintheirjourney.Millionsofpeoplewillconsiderentrepreneurshipwhen

facingchallengesintheirprofessionalorpersonallives.Peoplewillbemoreresilienttofailure,

becominganentrepreneurwillbeasnaturalaslookingforanewjob,andpeoplewillfeelthat

ourorganizationhascontributedtotheirlifeinapositiveway.Countrieswillexperiencenew

growthandaneweraofwealthbecauseofaculturethathasneverbeenmoresupportiveof

freedom,creativityandinnovation.

Vivid Description of the Future

The WHY: What Will Never Change | 5

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Who Are WE?

StartupWeekendisavolunteer-poweredorganizationwiththousandsofvolunteersoneverycorneroftheglobethatdedicatetheirtimetomakingthispossible.Forus,averageisnotanoption.Wearenotjustgoodatwhatwedo-wearethebestintheworld.

Fromateamof3enthusiasticentrepreneurswhohardlymaderentforayearandahalf,

StartupWeekendhasdevelopedintoanincredible,worldclassorganization.Weareateamof

passionatepeoplewhobelievethatwehavesomeofthecoolestjobsontheplanet.Maintain-

ingaculturethatembodiesourpastbutsetshighbarsforourfutureiscentraltooursuccess.

Welivelifetothefullest.Wetakerisks.Weconstantlyinnovateanddevelopnewmeansof

creatingvalueforourconsumers(participants),ourcustomers(partners/donorslookingfor

impact),ourcommunity(facilitators,organizers,coaches,panelists,investors),andourcom-

pany.Weapplyrigorousmethodstovalidatethefactthatweareconstantlyimproving.

Startup Weekend is an organization of entrepreneurs

The WHO | 7

The WHO

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Whilewearenotdirectteachers,wearemastersatcreatingenvironmentswhereourattendees

canbecomeactivelearners.Wehelpdefinetheparametersandcreateopportunitiesforpeople

toaskhardquestions,achievegreatsuccess,andyes,evenfail.Thereisnobetterwaytolearn

thanbydoingit.Participantsbecomebetterentrepreneurs,coachesbecomebettermentors,

judgesbecomebetteradvocates,sponsorsbecomemoreengaged,andcommunitiesfoster

creativityandinnovation.

We are (experiential) educators

The WHO | 8

The WHO

Whileitmayseemcounterintuitivetosaythatourattendeesarenotourprimarycustomer,

itiscriticaltounderstandthatweexistbecauseofandtoserveourorganizers.Organizers

arethesinglelargeststakeholderinStartupWeekendsabilitytoachieveitsmission.Startup

Weekendisdefinedbythepeoplethatweletrepresentus.Ultimately,ourorganizersare

responsiblefortheexperienceattendeeshave,andwecannotpretendtoknoweverything

thatbenefitsattendeesaswellasorganizersduetotheculturalandpoliticaldifferencesfrom

citytocity.Thisimpliesthatwewillalwaysmaximizethevalueweprovidetoorganizersand

entrustthattheyarerepresentingwhoweareatourverycore.

Organizers are the lifeblood of the organization

Guiding Principles

Inexecutingourmissiononadailybasis,wefollowanumberofguidingphilosophies.Thefollowingareimportanttoknowandrefertoonaregularbasis:

Theonlywaytolearnhowtostartabusinessisbyactuallydoingit.

You cant learn entrepreneurship sitting in a classroom

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The WHO | 9

The WHO

StartupWeekendisTHEbestwaytotolearnhowtofindaco-

founderandbuildagreatteam.Weaddressthisbyproviding

potentialco-founderstheopportunitytogothroughafunctional

interviewwheretheycanactuallyobservehowonanotheroper-

atesunderpressure.Theonlywaytoknowifyoucanworkwith

someoneistoactuallydoit.

The team is the most crucial element of a startup

Ideasareimportant-butsoaretheteams;astheyarewhatmakes

anideareal.Weemphasizethatbykeepinginmindtheformula:

Thebestteamscansucceedwithmediocreideas,butthemedio-

creteamswillneversucceedwitheventhebestidea.Ideasarean

extremelyefficientmechanismforconnectingpeoplewithsimilar

passionsandintereststhatareinterestedinsolvingsimilarprob-

lems.Itisimportanttorememberthatreallyamazingideasalways

havereallyamazingpeoplebehindthem,soweinsistthatamazing

teamsarecreatedasafirststeptoexecutingongreatideas.

Teams and Idea

Startup = Idea x Team2

(WealwayscapitalizethewordOrganizer):theyarethedriv-

ingforcefortheOrganizationssustainability.Wemuststriveto

maximizethevalueweprovideourOrganizers.Thisincludesthe

supportandleverageofpasteventefforts,toolsforcommunica-

tion,managingattendees,finances,speakersandsponsorsaswell

asintroductions,newcareeropportunities,andbecomingpartofa

globalnetworkofcommunityleaders.

Organizers are our most important stakeholder

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Thefutureofourcountryandourworldreliesonconstantinnova-

tionandadvancement.Whilelifestyleentrepreneurscanbuilda

greatlifeforthemselvesanditcanbeagatewaytobiggerthings,

highgrowthcompaniesthatbuildmeaningfulandpersistent

businesseshavebroughtforthalmostallofthegainsineconomic

wealthaswellasadvancementinhumanwelfaresincecommerce

began.AtStartupWeekend,wehaveauniqueopportunityand

responsibilitytoencourageanyone,nomattertheirlocationor

product,topursuetheworldastheirmarket,

notjusttheirlocalcity.

We encourage high growth companies

ThesinglegreatestassetStartupWeekendhasasabrandisthatit

canalwaysactinthebestinterestoftheentrepreneursandlocal

communitiesbynotalteringitsbeliefs,model,oraligningitsinter-

esttothesolepurposeofanyoneparty.Opinionsarebasedon

researchandclear,objectivesources.StartupWeekendenlightens

attendeesofthemostcurrentmethodologiesandresourcesavail-

ableforstartingabusinessandgivesthemahigh-energy,low-risk

andsupportiveplacetoexperimentwiththem;however,thesewill

neverbeforced.

Neutrality

Theworldneedsmorepeopleandorganizationssupportingentre-

preneursandthecreationofstartups.Whenitisinthebestinter-

estofourcommunity,weindirectlysupportanyorganizationsthat

haveamissionsimilartoStartupWeekend.

Collaboration

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The WHO | 11

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Almostasimportantaspickingtherightco-foundersisselecting

thebestadvisersforyourstartups.Mentorscanmakeorbreak

yourbusiness.Evenifsomeonehashadamulti-milliondollarexit

orstartedanamazingcompany,heorshemaynotmakeagood

coach.Westrivetoeducateexperiencedprofessionalstocoach

teamseffectively,andwehelpentrepreneurslearnhowtoutilize

andchoosethebestcoachesforthem.Wehaveares