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11 awesome startup events to attend this Fall

Interested in entrepreneurship, but don’t know where to start? Velocity events are the perfect icebreaker. Each term, we host events to help you learn business skills and maybe even embark on building your own startup.

Meet other like-minded people, gain new skills, and learn from someone with hands-on experience. From workshops, to pitch competitions, our events are never a dull moment (and almost always include free pizza). To stay up to date, follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagramSnapchat, and Linkedin or subscribe to our weekly newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at an event this Fall!


WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

A talk by legendary Economics Professor, Larry Smith. He will share his insightful take on how to find and solve “killer” problems. Trust us, this is a talk you do not want to miss.

When: Wednesday, September 27
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


BUILDING A KICK A** TEAM 

Led by Velocity alumnus, Phil Everson, this workshop will help you build the perfect team for your business. Meet other eager entrepreneurs and network your way to success.

When: Wednesday, October 4
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


PROBLEM PITCH COMPETITION 

Watch students pitch important industry problems they have identified. You’ll even get to have your say, with the audience deciding which team wins the People’s Choice Award! Applications to pitch at the competition close Tuesday, September 26, and audience registration will open soon.

When: Tuesday, October 17
Where: Location TBD
Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm


FOLLOW THE MONEY

Explore the ins and outs of business models, specifically the lean canvas. Walk away with the tools to create your own rockin’ business model!

When: Wednesday, October 18
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


SETUP YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A PRO

We bring in a lawyer and accountant to help you learn the basics of setting up your business legally and financially. Get ready for a jam-packed night.

When: Wednesday, October 25
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


DO PEOPLE WANT YOUR SH*T?

Find out all about market validation at this workshop. By the end of the night, you’ll be an expert in interacting with the right people and asking the right questions to determine whether your idea could be a viable business.

When: Wednesday, November 1
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


PITCH TO WIN

Led by Wes Worsfold, Velocity Business Advisor, discover the components of a great pitch, and have the chance to practice informally with your peers. A great way to test your skills and to share your ideas in a low-pressure environment.

When: Wednesday, November 8
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


VELOCITY FUND $5K QUALIFIERS

Pitch your startup idea to qualify for a chance to win $5K, or come watch. Early stage ideas are welcome. The winning teams will be invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals on November 30, for a chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes.

Applications to pitch at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers will open October 16, and audience registration will open closer to the event date. Applications for the separate Velocity Fund $25K competition will also open October 16.

When: Night 1: November 15, Night 2: November 16
Where: Location TBD
Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm


THE STARTUP ROLLERCOASTER

A panel of guest speakers for an AMA geared towards learning from common and frequent mistakes made during the startup journey. These people have been there and done that.

When: Wednesday, November 22
Where: Velocity Start (2nd floor of South Campus Hall)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm


VELOCITY FUND FINALS

The most action-packed, and thrilling day of the term – the Velocity Fund Finals. Watch 20 startups pitch for glory and $125K in funding. Learn more about the Velocity Fund, and application deadlines here. Audience registration will open in October. Watch past pitches.

When: Thursday, November 30
Where: SLC Great Hall
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm


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