What is Keystone Merge?

KeystoneMerge Meetup is an opportunity for those involved in the Central Pennsylvania entrepreneurial community to network, receive feedback and gain actionable next steps for taking their idea to the next level. We want to help entrepreneurs pursue their dreams and support a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Central Pennsylvania region.

On the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., two local entrepreneurs (creative, scientific, technical, business professionals, etc) share a 10-minute presentation about their business/idea. The goal is to gain real-time feedback and connections from the region’s entrepreneurial community.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

The meetup schedule is as follows:

7:15-7:30 a.m. – Early bird coffee and light bites
7:30-7:40 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions
7:40-7:50 a.m. – Entrepreneur presentation
7:50-8:05 a.m. – Open Q&A/feedback
8:05-8:30 a.m. – Networking
8:30 a.m. – Adjourn

We want to help connect the dots for how to make an idea into a reality. Our goal is to create a local roadmap of resources for entrepreneurs.

Presenters

So you’re thinking about presenting at KeystoneMerge Meetup? Congratulations on the first step towards turning your idea into reality! We are here to support you with real-time feedback, networking opportunities, and actionable next steps for taking your idea to the next level. We have no agenda other than to help entrepreneurs pursue their dreams and to support a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania.

WHY PRESENT?
This is more than just an opportunity to present. This is your chance to engage with thinkers and doers right here in your local community who want to support entrepreneurs like you. Before, during, and after your presentation, you might strike up a conversation with someone about your idea that may lead to future collaboration, or even lead you in a direction you hadn’t considered before! One-on-one conversations about your venture enable you to talk about very specific aspects of your idea that may not be possible during a presentation alone.

It’s an opportunity to define the topic of conversation around your idea, and your idea alone. How often do you get that opportunity?

Receive critiques that can help you in the future. An insightful, impartial discussion of your idea by an engaged and diverse audience will provide invaluable feedback for improving your work downstream.

Practice your presentation skills. You want to view this as a chance to explain your idea in different ways and see which explanation is most well received.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Why does KeystoneMerge Meetup exist?
To convene a regional, monthly meeting in an informal and welcoming setting to support aspiring entrepreneurs through meaningful conversations over a cup of coffee.

When and where do your meetings take place?
You can always find us meeting the first Thursday of every month from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. So that we may best serve the entire Central Pennsylvania region, we rotate our monthly meetups between Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster.

Who’s the audience?
Thinkers, doers, and supporters of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, including – but not limited to – artistic, scientific, technical, business professionals, and fellow entrepreneurs.

How long do I have to speak? Will there be a lot of people?
Don’t worry. We’re a friendly bunch, and we’re here to help. Each meeting will include one, 10-minute presentation by a local entrepreneur to a small audience of 20-25 people with the goal of gaining real-time feedback to improve their business/idea.

Do I have to have a fully formed company, or can it just be at the idea stage?
You can be at any stage really. Those in the “back of napkin” idea phase stand to gain the most, but we’re happy to hear from entrepreneurs at any stage of their ventures.

What is the format for the meetup?
For consistency, the format for our meetup is always the same:
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Early bird coffee and light bites
7:30 – 7:40 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
7:40 – 7:50 a.m. Entrepreneur presentation
7:50 – 8:00 a.m. Open Q&A/feedback (moderated by host)
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Networking
8:30 a.m. Adjourn

Interested in presenting? Complete the application form and a member of our team will be in contact with you.

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