In a lot of ways, it was like launching a startup.
The concept (sorta-kinda-like group speed dating) had never been done before and it was either going to be AMAZING or a complete, fiery DISASTER. No in-between.
We thought it was a great way of creating better impact with a larger crowd than the usual conference/panel format. It was like holding a candle to a moth. We had to do it.
It now fell on the capable shoulders of Matt Lapid to execute.
So how did it go?
At around 230, we started with a prayer, a sorta keynote (I felt totally unworthy doing a keynote, so I instead just went with some reminders), and then I painstakingly went through with the instructions – which were crucial.
First bell – transition, 5 minutes.
Second bell – settle down, 1 minute
Third bell - start, 20 minutes
Five rounds of this.
The first bell sounded and people began going around with their maps (which people were also using as checklists).
Second bell sounded. People were settled in their chosen areas.
Third bell sounded. No need – people were starting!
And there it was – energy!
I walked around the designated areas. People were nodding heads. Entrepreneurs were passionate.
Soon, the second and the third rounds were commencing. I started to allow myself to smile while walking around – we had managed to pull of a unique, amazing event!
It was evident how much people were LEARNING from the format and these marvelous entrepreneurs.
By the fifth round, the entrepreneurs were visibly tired, but incredibly, still just as passionate. It was amazing to see them give so much. EVERY entrepreneur wanted to make each of their answers (even if some of the questions repeated) as unique and as special for the person in front of her asking.
Some immediate reactions from Twitter:
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
For those who attended, let me repeat the most important thing: I hope you not only learned from the experience, but I sincerely pray that you USE whatever motivation and/or information you were able to garner.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Our major sponsors:
Ayala Foundation: Thank you so much to Michi and her team for the beautiful venue, all the logistical help, and introducing us to some of the entreps!
Kickstart: To Minette and her team – for all the help and support! If you have a startup and you need funding, you have GOT to talk to Minette and her team.
Co.lab: Especially Chesa for helping us design the whole event, and for lending us Danella, who agreed to celebrate part of her birthday weekend as one of our awesome 20 entreps!
Velprint: For all your printing needs, be sure to check out the awesome, high quality work which Velprint can provide.
Thank you so much to our minor sponsors as well:
Gonuts Donuts for the awesome pastries!
Starbucks for the perfect cup of coffee (and water) you served (and boy, did it go splendidly with the doughnuts!)
Rocket Concepts for producing ALL the marketing/event collateral we used.
Human Nature for the awesome giveaways!
Stream Engine Studios for the great video introduction of our 20 entreps!
More pics! (for even more pics, check out the facebook page)