First things first, you need a team to make your event happen. In a city like Boston, students looking to break into the entrepreneurial world are very willing to lend a hand. Sometimes they have a commercially successful graduate student in mind, sometimes they are excited by your event and want to help, other times they will know someone else looking for help with their event.
After you speak with the graduate students to get them to show off their start up and after you rally a few students to help you out, it is vital to seek out other events that are taking place in your area. People running these events are helpful and knowledgeable. If you lend them a hand, they will return the favor. Maybe they know of a good location for your 100 person event, maybe they know where you can get discounted name tags, and in all likelihood, they will leverage their network for you. Both of you can have successful events by helping each other make them happen.
Here are my top four most important questions to ask other event coordinators:
- Here are my skills and resources. How can I help?
- What do our events have in common? How are they different?
- Is your event before mine? Can I advertise at your event?
- Who is sponsoring your event? Who might sponsor mine?