Entrepreneurship Week

The Miller Entrepreneurship Center is proud to present Entrepreneurship Week at William & Mary from October 30th through November 5th. We have partnered with the Student Marketing Association to host a week of awesome events, ready to fulfill your entrepreneurial desires.

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Open House, 10/30

7-8:30pm

Entrepreneurship Week kicks off with our open house. Come by on Monday night from 7 – 8:30 for details of what the week will hold, some light refreshments, and great conversation.

This is a great time to network and form a team for the Slingshot event later in the week! We’ll have a team formation session to allow you to join forces with other entrepreneurs.

Generation Startup, 10/31

7:00-9pm

Swing by the EC on October 31 at 7:00 PM for a screening of the 2016 film, Generation Startup. The 90 minute film takes an in depth look at six students building a startup in Detroit and what it takes for a company to succeed.

Slingshot: Pitches, 11/1

7-8:30pm

The midpoint of Entrepreneurship week is a big one. Come watch the first round of SlingShot where six teams compete on the stage of Brinkley to pitch their idea to a panel of judges.

The big event goes from 7-8:30 on November 1st. The structure is as follows: a 6 minute presentation on the stage of Brinkley followed by 4 minutes of Q&A.

View the judging criteria here.

Alumni Founder Series, 11/2

7-8:30pm

On Thursday night, visit the EC to meet with one of our own. From 7 – 8:30, the alumni founder speaker series will feature a WM Alumni who has paved the road in their industry, bringing new ideas, new practices, and new ways of thinking to their industry.

Rocket Pitch Friday and Co-Working Hours, 11/3

1-2pm

Pitch your idea to win $100 on Friday’s event, Rocket Pitch. The competition starts out at 1PM and concludes at 2. Following Rocket Pitch, stay after to make some progress on that idea. Co-Working Hours start right after, allowing for collaboration, mentoring, and progress to be made on your next project.

Slingshot: Execution, 11/3 - 11/5

Concluding Entrepreneurship Week is our biggest event, Slingshot: Execution. Spanning just under 48 hours, Slingshot: Execution Weekend gives students the opportunity dive in to their ideas, form teams, and work intensively on their projects. Mentors and executive partners provide guidance, catered food will be served, and free T Shirts will be given to all participants. As the weekend concludes, teams pitch their ideas to professional judges, allowing for a conclusive end to the marathon.

Contest points will be earned by participating in Entrepreneurship Week events, and the winning teams will receive $750, $500, and $250 at the end of the week.

View the judging criteria here.

Resources

Popapp – excellent for prototyping apps

Canva – amazing, easy to use graphic design software

Carrd.co – Free, One Page Website Builder

WordPress, Wix – free website builders

Slingshot Scoring Table

Percentage of Team Attendance at Event/Finish Open House (10/30) Startup Generation Screening (10/31) SlingShot: Pitches (11/1) Alumni Founder Series (11/2) SlingShot: Execution (11/3-11/5)
100% / First 25 25 100 25 175
75% / Second 20 20 75 20 125
50% / Third 15 15 50 15 75
25% / Audience Vote 10 10 25 10 50