1. Practice your pitch
2. you will quickly discover whether your idea has legs or not by the amount of buzz you can generate
3. you’re going to need leadership skills to succeed in the startup world
4. give your idea a chance, don’t hide it at the back of the room and leave it unattended because you’re too busy listening to everyone else’s pitches to sell yours.
5. if you’re not excited about your own idea it’s nigh on impossible to get others excited about it
6. JFDI – just get up there and pitch. It gets easier and you’ll get better
7. Feedback is immensely valuable. Without it you could die wondering whether you’re sitting on something that can gain traction or not.
8. Small, focussed teams can move mountains fast.
9. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts – see point 8
10. Startup Weekend is awesome! You quickly learn valuable lessons that will serve you for a lifetime.