Graduation Day

Graduation Day

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a peer-led accelerator/leadership programme that draws on the network and experience of its fellows, alumni and the programme trustees and organisers.

Organising the Demo Day/Investor’s Evening was a great pleasure. It was a day to celebrate the journey we have been on as founders as well as a chance to show off our skills and all we had learnt during our time on this year’s programme by presenting to a room of investors, alumni, and esteemed guests. The challenge of this event was time-keeping, coordinating all the fellows, collating the updated versions of their pitch decks and businesses for the brochure, and inviting and coordinating all the guests.

Thanks to the course organisers we had a strong audience to call upon and we had a great turn out. The format of the day was networking for an hour, pitching for 3 minutes with a 2 minute Q&A, and then more networking to finish it off. Although a simple structure, due to the sheer volume of guests, plus the fellows, time-keeping was important to ensure everyone got the time they needed, whilst also making sure the audience was engaged as possible throughout. The innovative time-keeping tool we developed was a bell to make sure fellows knew how much time they had, and it worked great, even if some fellows were left a bit traumatised from the constant ringing.

The brochures turned out great thanks to the prompt and fantastic work of David Milligan from DMD Agency, who was professional, helped even with last minute alterations when needed, and was a pleasure to work with from start to finish.

What this experience reinforced for me was the importance of time in coordinating large volumes of people. It also reminded me of the ever-true saying “If you want to go fast you go alone, if you want to go far you go together”, that is to say the important of teamwork. And lastly, the little details/extras make the difference, i.e. that fun is the key to productivity, and on the day it was a useful tool in keeping the audience engaged and also encouraging the fellows in a safe and welcoming environment – little things like introductions and applause go a long way to taking the edge off what can be a nerve-wracking experience.

Last but not least, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to come and make the evening such a great conclusion to the programme, and the amazing cohort I was fortunate to be apart of – an ambitious, insightful and hardworking group of people that made it all worthwhile, who taught me a lot from every conversation and class, and who I’m sure will be going on to achieve big and wonderful things!