Host An Event
Relish opportunities to collaborate with entrepreneurs across the globe? Want to become a member of a special group of community organizers from around the world? Great!
Here’s how Semantic Seed can help make it happen:
1. Attend a Startup Camp event.
To become an Organizer, you must have attended at least one Startup Camp event. We want to establish Semantic Seed as a valuable part of a community’s ecosystem, so we require that all Organizers have hands-on experience at an event to show commitment to you local community and the Startup Camp brand. Once you’ve attended an event, we can get started.
2. Know the facts.
Startup Camp is built for long-term sustainability. Startup Camp events may NOT be used to raise funds for other charities or organizations. As ambassadors for Global Business Incubation, a US based non-profit organization, we use the money made (about $2~3k from each event) to continue hosting events that benefit entrepreneurs. Even if you have a company that will be hosting a Startup Camp with you, Semantic Seed will maintain its third-party, independent branding with the intention of doing what is best for the community.
3. Apply to be an Organizer.
Apply to be a Startup Camp Organizer by carefully filling out the application below. Assuming your application is accepted, we will schedule a Skype call with you to begin and go over the basics. Once you start, we’ll set you up with an e-mail address, materials, project management software, and admin access to your city’s domain and ticketing platform.
4. Start to flex your network.
Get innovative within your community by taking these essentials into consideration:
Where: As always, location is crucial. Past Startup Camp events have taken place in FREE co-working spaces, FREE corporate offices, and FREE university centers that: 1) hold between 30 to 100 people in a single room, 2) have reliable WiFi, 3) have tables/chairs/a projector/screen/PA/mic, 4) have access to bathrooms and, if possible, a nearby kitchen or break room.
Local Community: Begin marketing the upcoming event in your community to generate Startup Camp buzz. Startup Camp will be needing local mentors and speakers and sponsors (CEOs, Founders, Angels, leaders in the technology field). In fact you can negotiate ticket prices if you gain enough support, or tickets will cost $75 per event. Bear in mind that local media benefactor can tell other people, a lot of other people, about the event.
When: At an absolute minimum, a reservation for Startup Camp will need to be three days in a row: Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, and Sunday 9am-9pm. It usually takes a few months to plan an event. On average, two months prior to any Startup Camp event, the Organizer spends five hours a week planning; and one month prior to the event, approximately ten hours a week planning.
Colleagues: Although a Startup Camp Facilitator (a member of the core Semantic Seed crew or seasoned pro from a past event) will be at the event to promote cross-pollination within the global Startup Camp community, we suggest you make a team to divide the work load (unless you are a Ninja). It would be nice to show amenability for your colleagues by having two weekends in mind for planning the event.
5. Reap the benefits.
While working as a Startup Camp Organizer, you will:
Establish yourself in a network of people you might not meet anywhere else. Semantic Seed gives you the leverage to form connections so that you can be a leader around the world. By supporting community leadership, you’ll gain direct experience with startup culture .
Go global by taking advantage of our out-of-town contacts to host Startup Camp events around the world. That’s right–we’ll fly you around the world to meet like-minded people who come together with questions and ideas. You’ll become an international guru for entrepreneurs.
More questions? E-mail us! We will also go over event hosting in more detail during your post-application interview.