2015-2016 InnoVention Schedule

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Stage 1: SparkStart

TeamHunt – Idea Vetting
Date: February 4, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Silleck Lounge
Purpose: Innovention Official Kickoff followed by a teamhunt. Teams will pitch ideas and needs while students looking to join teams will showcase their skills. Time will be given in-between to formulate a team and take the first steps in idea vetting techniques.

Winners Announced:
Date: February 19, 2016 (Friday)

Business Model Canvas Overview
Date: February 23, 2016 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:30 -7:30 PM

Location: JAB 474

Purpose: Introduction of Business Model Canvas, Learn methods of identifying steps to further validate idea, Identifying customer archetypes and overview of customer validation, introduction to intellectual property due diligence. Hear from past inno/Vention winners Franklin Yao, Alan Pearlstein and Nico Vansnick.

Entrepreneur 101 Panel Discussion
Date: March 1, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: The Hub (2nd Floor Dibner Library, 5 MetroTech)
Purpose:  Hear from successful Millenial entrepreneurs on how they did it and what you should be doing to go from idea to commercialization. Featured entreprenurs are John Meyer (CEO of Fresco News), Michael Lisovetsky (CEO of HomeSwipe), Natalie Neuuman (CEO of Metamenu). 

Practice Pitching
Date: March 2, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 11- 4pm 
Location: Varick Incubator
Purpose: Have teams pitch their ideas to get a spot for Power Pitch

Practice Pitching
Date: March 3, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Purpose: Have teams pitch their ideas to get a spot for Power Pitch

Inno/Vention Power Pitch
Date: March 7th, 2016 (Monday)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: LC400, 5 MetroTech
Purpose: 18 teams will be chosen to pitch their ideas, Validation of the concept, Basic idea of prototype, Plan for next stages. Only 10 teams, 2 groups of 5, will be chosen to move on and prototype their ideas. Two more teams will join them through student voting.

STAGE 2: ProtoTest

ProtoTest Info Session
Date: March 8, 2016 ( Tuesday)
Time: TBD
Location: (Info provided via email)
Purpose: Teams will meet to review the next stage, hear about best practices for prototyping and network with their peers. Microsoft will be awarding BizSpark to teams at this event.

Social Soiree - By Invitation
Date: March 8, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Urban Future Lab 
Purpose: Students will have two opportunities to meet with the Faculty and Mentors of the competition also network with other entrepreneurs and alumni. Teams are required to attend one, but should attend both, it will be a great opportunity for elevator pitches of their idea, get feedback from participants and find a match with a mentor.

Date: March 10, 2016 (Thursday)  

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Hub, Dibner 2nd Floor.

Purpose: Prototyping best practices with software and hardware.


Entrepreneur 201
Date: March 22, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: LC400
Purpose: Students will be exposed to the Lean Methodology of operating a venture with limited resources while achieving milestones. There will also be a session on how to pitch your venture, put together a compelling presentation and tell your story.

Making the Cut
Date: April 7th, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 6:45-8pm
Location: LC400, 5 MetroTech
Purpose: The top 12 teams will showcase their prototypes and pitch the next steps of their ventures. Judges will select 6 teams to move on. Additional stipends will be awarded to winners.

STAGE 3: Demo Day

Demo Day InfoSession - By Invitation
Date: April 7, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Purpose:  Teams will meet to review the next stage, hear about best practices for prototyping and network with their peers. Demo Day information will be discussed.

Startup Toolkit (Legal)
Date: April 11, 2016 (Monday)
Time: 6:30pm -8:00 pm
Location: JAB 475
Purpose: Get a full picture view of startup. Learn how fundraising works, how investors make money and when is the right time to pitch to them. Sources of non-dilutive capital will be discussed. Peter Fusco will be back to talk about the most common mistakes startups make and how to avoid them (and the legal fees to fix them). 

Putting it All Together
Date: April 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: RH603                                                                                   
Purpose: Revenue will determine whether or not you’re successful, scaling will determine how successful you are. This session will cover these two key principles, how to build a successful revenue model, sales strategy and scale the two.


Demo Day
Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016 
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Twitter HQ, 249 W 17th Street

Purpose: The semester-long competition at NYU is closing off with DemoDay. After weeks of hard work and preparations, it all comes down to a final pitch. Judges decide winners as an overall top three winners. All teams are eligible for prizes but only the top teams are guaranteed a prize. Top teams are also given the highest recommendation for the Summer Launchpad Program.