At Startup Institute, we know our students are incredible. On the day of Talent Expo, we want the talent-hungry tech community to know it, too. Talent Expo is a special kind of day—a demo day, a celebration, a graduation, and a job fair all at once. It’s a chance for our grads to share their toughest challenges and greatest triumphs in a compelling 60-second pitch. Their goal? To captivate an audience of hiring managers looking to connect with awesome people and find the talent they need to grow their teams.
At Startup Institute, Talent Expo is everybody’s favorite day. It is a celebration, a show, a graduation, a demo day, and a job fair all rolled up with a dash of pizzazz. Seats are filled with eager and expectant HR professionals, recruiters, founders, and company leadership looking to find their next great hires. Our graduates take center-stage to share their talents, ambition, and hustle—in a 60-second elevator pitch. (more…)
You may have seen the movie Swingers, a mid-90s comedy classic starring a young Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Perhaps the most popular scene features Vaughn trying to convince Favreau to talk to a cute girl. Favreau, having recently gone through a tough break-up, feels about as confident as a field mouse, yet his friend wants him to think of himself as a big, ferocious bear. Vaughn tells him: “You’re so money and you don’t even know it.” He’s trying to change Favreau’s mindset, to give him the extra confidence needed to score a date.
When it comes to networking, speaking in public, and just getting your name out there, you too are “so money,” and you don’t even know it. Once you cultivate the right mindset, the rest is just a matter of a little effort and preparation. There’ll be no stopping you. So, how do you make that mindset shift?
As I tell students in my pitch workshop leading up to their Talent Expo, it’s an incredible opportunity– not an obstacle. During my past job searches, I’ve never had the chance to stand up in front of dozens of employers at once to make my case. Every Startup Institute student gets that chance. (more…)
When throwing yourself into the startup scene for the first time, attend as many relevant networking events as you can.
During the eight week program at the Startup Institute, we were actively encouraged to go to as many as possible – which I attempted to do pretty much non-stop for the entire duration of the course. It nearly killed me, but I’m so glad I did it.
Looking back now, I realise that many were not really aligned with the types of industries or areas that I’m most interested in exploring. This doesn’t really matter– I still feel that it was a valuable experience which helped me determine which are the most useful to attend.
Some of the most important connections I made were serendipitous, as well. For instance, I met a life coach who is now a client at a wine and cheese evening, and a music industry organiser who I’m now an affiliate for at a conference in Paris. These meetings were unplanned and fortuitous, so it definitely pays off to get yourself out there. Here are my top takeaways for event networking: (more…)
And now for the big unveil of the Chicago Talent Expo trailer! This was one of our best Talent Expos yet, and our students totally crushed it. Watch the video to snag a look into this awesome, energized event and the amazing people who pitched their talents to a crowd of founders, CEOs, and hiring managers from Chicagoland’s fastest-growing companies. (more…)
Drumroll, please…. [ba da ba da ba da ba da bam]
Introducing, London’s first ever Startup Institute Talent Expo! (more…)