Launch Fest 2010 Impact Report

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This is the impact report of the 1st Annual Launch Fest: a Fun Conference for Serious Entrepreneurs in New Orleans. It was inspiring and educating, and down right fun. …

This is the impact report of the 1st Annual Launch Fest: a Fun Conference for Serious Entrepreneurs in New Orleans. It was inspiring and educating, and down right fun.

I was the event producer.

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  • 1. 1st annual launch fest impact report
  • 2. so, what is launch fest? We decided to build on one of our city’s premier events, Jazz Fest, to throw an entrepreneurship conference. Since people are coming for the music over the weekends, let’s give them something great to do during the week.
  • 3. a fun conference for serious entrepreneurs 3 days 16 speakers 3 evening mixers 10 local startup pitches 200+ attendees all free and open to the public
  • 4. 3 days of entrepreneurship
  • 5. 200+ people came out
  • 6. we had spectacular speakers ! 16 speakers presented at Launch Fest ! 4 out of 16 were flown in from out of town ! Presentations were mostly ranked “awesome” by Launch Festers in our post-fest survey
  • 7. launch fest inspired Speakers, Sponsors, & Launch Festers all left inspired
  • 8. no one wanted to leave…
  • 9. everything was broadcast live worldwide ! Launch Fest was broadcast live on the internet to an audience of over 50 viewers each day. ! The live stream was then recorded & captured for future viewing here: http://bit.ly/lptv ! This guy watched Launch Fest from Delaware.
  • 10. but don’t take it from us... See that? Yeah, we killed it.
  • 11. launch fest fast pitch 10 Local Entrepreneurs pitched to several venture capitalists and angel investors including Steve Schlafman from The Kraft Group & David Safaii from Windspeed Ventures Ben Rosen, former “I admired the enthusiasm of the speakers. Chairman of They all have a dream, and however realistic, Compaq Computer, are determined to see it through. The attended Launch panelists were quite good – knowledgeable and Fest Fast Pitch! asking the right questions of the Rosen said: entrepreneurs.”
  • 12. launch fest fast pitch delivered results ! 70% of Fast Pitchers were asked to follow up with investors after their pitches ! Launch Fest is helping entrepreneurs launch their companies
  • 13. lessons learned @launchfest
  • 14. #launchfest twitter madness
  • 15. t-shirts were a huge hit
  • 16. thank you to all our wonderful sponsors ! We could not have done it without you!
  • 17. see ya next year! love, launch fest
  • 18. questions? want to get in on 2011? www.launchfest.net www.launchpadnola.com Chris Schultz chris@voodooventures.com Townsend Jordan townsend.jordan@gmail.com