Before Founderfest

Is this event for me?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Founderfest attendees are a mix of 30% technical (developers, coders, engineers), 30% creatives (artists, writers, designers), 30% business (marketing, finance, sales) AND 10% triple-threads who enjoy a bit of everything. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

Do I have to participate all three days?

Apart from selected Mentors and Speakers, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend, but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. However, “Final Pitch Presentations Only” registration option is available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final presentations. 

Can I pay at the door?

No, as there are a limited number of places available, pre-registration is essential. We need to order the food and supplies in advance to meet the needs of the weekend. If you are physically unable to pay online, reach out to the local organiser to arrange payment.

Do I need to register as a team?

No, part of the initial activities will be team formation. Each team will have an even a balance of Entrepreneurial Characters as possible. Everyone who attends the event as a Participant is expected to join a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission Founderfest (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams. The aim is to have a Hipster, Hacker & Hustler per team, with 15 teams in total.

What are the accommodations for the event?

Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamilar with the location, reach out to the local organising team to ask for nearby recommendations.

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking. You will have 60 seconds to pitch.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Mobile Phone with camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

How do I prepare?

  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.

What is the refund policy?

The short answer is we do not refund tickets the week before the event, so that organisers can order and plan for food and supplies.