So close you can almost taste it

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OK, so we’ve covered general logistics and what you need to bring to Startup Weekend Perth, we’ve talked about what’s happening this Friday evening and shared some tips to polish your pitch. Now it’s time to take a look at the various tools you will be working with this weekend.

First, let us introduce you to the Lean Canvas:

You’re going to spend more time with your Lean Canvas than your spouse or significant other this weekend, so you might as well start getting to know each other… The Lean Canvas has been popularised by respected entrepreneurs like Steve Blank and  Eric Ries, in his seminal book The Lean Startup, and it has already helped thousands of Start Weekend’ers around the world to focus their business idea, adopt a problem-solution approach, work through the market validation phase, get to know their customers and ultimately build something that people not only want, but are willing to pay more for than it costs to produce!

Prototyping

Next up, we can offer some help on the design front thanks to our friendly sponsors at FluidUI, whose design tool helps you to prototype a mobile app quickly and effectively.

To increase your productivity this weekend, we would encourage you to try it out in advance at www.fluidui.com/editor. Register for a free account and, as a #SWPerth participant, you are entitled to a free account upgrade – removing any page limit restrictions and allowing exports to aid with presentations. To activate your free update, simply email the Fluid team once you have created your account and quote the promo code “SWP0709”.

Global Sponsor Benefits

The good people at Startup Weekend HQ have arranged a bunch of benefits from our global sponsors… Whether you need a web domain, software or a better backend for your mobile apps, check out what they’ve got on offer at the Sponsor Resources page, grab the password and take advantage of whatever is at your disposal before, during and after the event!

For more tips and teasers check out the FAQ and if you’ve still got any questions email perth@startupweekend.org or ask the crowd via the SWPerth2012 Yammer network.

Not long now…!