How to find startup related event sponsors?


I have a few ideas about how to find sponsors for a startup related event, but I'm interested in getting feedback. My objective is to either leverage their sponsorship to get more people to attend, or provide a space to host the event.

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asked Jan 23 '12 at 07:16
Blunders .
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As a Startup Weekend organizer, I can tell you that getting sponsorships is a whole lot of work. Startups don't have much cash so they prefer to donate in-kind services, i.e. give away free product, which isn't so bad when you run a competition (like what we do) but such contributions still don't pay the bills.

There's no silver bullet to get sponsorships. Even if you have an inside connection and not cold-calling there are other factors, such as their finances, plans, time of the year, and your event's mission, that are far more important. So do your homework, craft a compelling reason to sponsor your event, and then spray-n-pray. However, it doesn't mean you should spam every startup you know - you still need to have some fit but the list should be bigger than what you need.

answered Jan 23 '12 at 12:57
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  • Yes, your question is unclear on what kind of sponsors you are looking for. Investors rarely spend much on sponsorship - it comes out of their fund management fees. Lawyers & other service providers are picky. – Dnbrv 12 years ago
  • +1 @dnbrv: Okay, good to know, thanks for sharing! – Blunders . 12 years ago

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