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What does a Startup Weekend Sheffield dream team look like?

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Startup Weekend Sheffield attendees come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. But what does the dream team look like? Who do you need in your team to give you the best chance of winning at Startup Weekend and winning in successfully launching your startup thereafter?

Well, it might be worth having a look back at the previous winning teams…

First up, Team Processed. This team was made up of two guys and a girl. A small team of only three, they had to make sure they were covering multiple skills themselves. Juste (left) is a designer and extremely personable. Being able to talk to people will set you streets ahead at a Startup Weekend because the main focus is on customer validation, conducting customer interviews and using feedback to inform your build. Of course then you need yourself a decent coder. Enter Brice (middle). He managed to take the idea from concept to working demo in just one weekend. Add to the team a decent business mind like Joseph (right) and you have yourself your dream team. This team showed that bigger isn’t always better. Especially when it comes to teams.

Aren't they a good looking team?
Skills
Communication
Teamworking
Coding
Design
Business modelling

 

Gender balance
1 girl
2 boys

 

Team size
3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find a dream team of your own at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield: sheffield.startupweekend.org

So, who do we have next? Check out Handsfree Cookbook. A much bigger team, but not unmanageable. Check out that gender distribution. We have literally never had an all-male or all-female team win at Startup Weekend Sheffield. Maybe that’s because teams made up of people with diverse backgrounds outperform those that aren’t by as much as 30%. Aside from that, they too included a couple of awesome coders, Sina and Radu (far right), giving them the ability to build the product they’d discovered people wanted.

Handsfreecookbook
Skills
Business
Coding
Teamworking (they were truly amazing!)
Presenting

Gender balance
4 girls
3 boys

Team size
7

 

Find a dream team of your own at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield: sheffield.startupweekend.org

But what about that Product Startup event we ran? Who won that? Well, recognise anyone? Two of the winning team at this event had not only been to a Startup Weekend event before, but had won Startup Weekend. Attendees who have attended Startup Weekend before will see the value and know the importance of getting out of the building and speaking to potential customers… and so they’re more likely to make you do so!

4Dpillow

Skills

Design
Business
Presentation

Gender balance
3 girls
1 boy

Nationalities
3

Previous SWSheffielders
3

4D Pillow didn’t start out as a 4D Pillow, but changed throughout the event in line with the feedback they were getting from customers. This is one of the key learning points of Startup Weekend. And being able to show this journey in your final presentations will win you points with the judges.

So, what are the patterns we can pick out here? What makes up a Startup Weekend dream team? Here’s a bulleted list for you to remember come team-forming on Friday night:

  • Teams of 4-6 work best
  • Wide range of skills including communication, presenting, coding, design
  • Mix of gender – preferably even, but as Startup Weekend tends to have mostly male attendees (come on, we need more women!) you’ll have to build your team quickly
  • Mix of nationality – all of our winning teams over the last year have included someone (usually more than one person) who isn’t British. People from different backgrounds bring different perspectives. And you’ll need them when it comes to thinking critically and not convincing yourself you’re right all the time. You’re not.
  • BONUS: Find yourself a previous Startup Weekender. There are no guarantees you’ll find one, but if you can, and if they’ve won before, they can be gold-dust.

Find a dream team of your own at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield: sheffield.startupweekend.org