Sept #msbdrinks was a joint effort with the Melbourne chapter of Founder Institute (FI). We had mentors from FI providing feedback to the pitchers. It was awesome! Learn about FI and apply to their Melbourne Program here –
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Our regular monthly MSB Drinks meetup happens on the first Thursday night of every month (except January). They usually attract around 100 – 150 Silicon Beachers. They are FREE networking events purposely kept very unstructured, so that our members can chat and get to know each other over a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
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Here’s a brief run down on what happens at a MSB Drinks –
We keep everything unstructured and informal, just like a startup. This is an event all about YOU. It’s about providing you the time and the space to make connections, meet new people and find your team, or fine tune your idea. Even if you have no idea what you are going to work on, after talking to some of the people you meet on the night, you will walk out with some sense of purpose. Keep coming back and you will soon be on your way…
On the night
Get to the venue around 5:30pm to mingle and have a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic (there is no bar tab). Around 6.30pm we will start the main proceedings – the world famous Silicon Beach 90second pitches. We say that because we live stream it on Periscope and save it on Silicon Beach TV YouTube channel for the world to see.
If you plan on doing a pitch, please give your web address to a friendly event host before the pitches start, so we don’t waste time typing it in. Other than that, there is no selection process to do a pitch. You can pitch just about anything provided it’s useful to the community – your startup or app, idea validation, small business (provided it’s relevant to our community), professional service, product etc. Pitches need not be about raising funds. Our best startups are bootstrapped.
Pitching at MSB Drinks have been on and off for a number of years and some notable Melbourne startups have lost their pitching virginity on the Silicon Beach!
We suggest you upload a quick one page website if you plan to pitch. This way you get maximum bang for your pitch. We recommend Strikingly, a very easy to use DIY web dev platform. No coding required.
We like to keep things short and sharp. Each pitch will be limited to 90 seconds and if we have time those looking for work or looking for a tech co-founder or devs can pitch for 30secs each. We try and limit the pitch segment to under 45 mins, so everyone could get back to the main purpose of #msbdrinks – making connections with other Silicon Beachers.