Speakers and Sessions

Do I need to use the Template Presentation provided by Startup San Diego?

Yes, the provided branded Presentation Template shared in your onboarding email is required for all general content speakers. Find the direct link here. This does not apply to the 10 Founders pitching during the Investors & Inventors Pitch Competition on October 9th. Please be sure to review Run the World Slides best Practices!

How can I prepare for my talk ahead of time?

Watch the on-demand Startup San Diego speaker training video available here. Don't forget to use the Startup San Diego branded Presentation Template! We also recommend speakers review the Run the World training material below:

Why was my talk not chosen?

Thank you for applying to speak at Startup Month. We received over 400 submissions and had many qualified talks, but we could not select all of them. While community voting was involved to support this years selection process, it was not the only criteria used to inform the final selection. Some factors why a talk may not have been chosen include:

  • The session talk felt more like sales pitch rather than sharing information with the community
  • More than one speaker applied to speak on the topic, and we could only select one
  • The session talk did not align with our event tracks
  • The session talks did not reflect San Diego’s diverse community
  • The submission was vague, incomplete, or unclear.


What if I need immediate speaker support or help?

Join the San Diego Startups community Slack group here. Add the channel #sdsm2020_help_desk. We will have a Startup San Diego volunteer overseeing this channel throughout the month to support speakers with live support and assistance. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible!

Don't forget to review the following Run the World resources in advance of your session:

I'm in Run the World, but I don't see my talk or the Startup Month event, what now?

When you sign-in to Run the World you enter your organizer dashboard. To view the Startup Month event and your specific talk/session click "Attendee Center" on the left side navigation panel. You should see the Startup Month event listed under your "Upcoming" events section. You should see two tags underneath the event name and date: "Speaker" and "Attendee." (If you do not see both tags, please contact us ASAP via the San Diego Startups community Slack channel #sdsm2020_help_desk to get this sorted out!) From here select "Go to Event" find your talk and select "Join as Speaker."

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