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CodeLaunch Live Podcast: Audience Participation Guide

By Ankeel Bhakta January 29, 2024

Welcome to CodeLaunch Live Podcast! We’re excited to have you as part of our live audience during our podcast recordings. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, please follow these simple steps to join and participate:

Step 1: Join Our Discord Community

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Discord community. You can find the invitation link here. If you’re new to Discord, don’t worry – it’s easy to set up an account. Download the native Discord app for PC and Mac here.

Step 2: Navigate to “Weekly Live Podcast”

Once you’re in our Discord server, look for the “Voice Channels” section on the left sidebar. Within this section, you’ll find the channel labeled “Weekly Live Podcast.”

Step 3: Connect to the Voice Channel

Click on the “Weekly Live Podcast” channel to enter the voice channel. This is where you’ll be able to listen to the live podcast recording. Please ensure your microphone is muted to avoid any background noise.

Step 4: Request to Speak

When we open the floor for questions or comments from the audience, usually in the last 20 minutes of the interview, you’ll have the opportunity to join the discussion. To do this, find the “Request to Speak” button – it’s usually located at the bottom of the screen. Click on it, and we’ll be notified that you want to speak.

Step 5: Wait for Your Turn

Once you’ve requested to speak, please wait patiently for your turn. The podcast hosts will manage the queue and invite audience members to join the conversation one by one.

General Tips:

Thank you for being a part of CodeLaunch Live Podcast! We appreciate your enthusiasm and look forward to your participation in our discussions. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask in the #general channel.

Unleashing Startup Potential: The Benefits of CodeLaunch for Entrepreneurs

By Ankeel Bhakta August 22, 2023

At CodeLaunch, we understand the challenges faced by startups in building their own products. Many investors hesitate to invest unless startups have a tangible product to showcase. That’s precisely the problem we’re solving. CodeLaunch offers startups the opportunity to have their product built by elite professional developers at no cost, bridging the gap between their vision and the resources needed to bring it to life. 

Here, we explore the multitude of benefits that CodeLaunch provides to startups, helping them level up, refine their pitch, foster a supportive community, enhance their branding, and open doors to new opportunities. Discover how CodeLaunch can be the catalyst that propels your startup towards greatness – all without charging you a dime or surrendering any equity.

Level Up: Fix Weaknesses and Implement Best Practices

CodeLaunch is committed to the growth of startups, regardless of their advancement in the competition. By participating, startups have the opportunity to identify and address weaknesses, implement best practices, and align their vision with what investors seek in promising ventures. Additionally, CodeLaunch facilitates connections with pilot partners, beta users, and community development, allowing startups to expand their network and gain valuable insights.

Pitch Practice & Feedback: Sharpen Your Message 

For semifinalists and finalists, CodeLaunch offers an invaluable opportunity to refine their pitch skills. With a format that demands conciseness and clarity (4 minutes, 8 slides), startups learn to deliver a compelling message that resonates with potential investors. Moreover, the feedback received during this stage helps startups gauge the viability of their ideas, allowing them to make necessary adjustments and improvements.

UI/UX Mockups: Enhancing User Experience

Startups applying to CodeLaunch are required to submit UI/UX mockups, a crucial aspect often overlooked by applicants. While the responsibility of creating these mockups falls on the startups, the requirement prompts them to consider the user experience of their visionary products in a more comprehensive manner. This exercise not only meets the application criteria but also serves as an opportunity for startups to level up their design thinking and create a user-centric experience. 

Support via Discord Community: Forge Connections

Being part of the CodeLaunch community means gaining access to a vibrant and ever-growing network of like-minded founders, past cohorts, and CodeLaunch leadership. Through the dedicated Discord community, startups can connect, collaborate, and learn from one another. This supportive environment fosters valuable relationships, provides a platform for sharing insights, and opens doors to potential partnerships.

Public Relations: Boost Your Branding and Marketing

From the moment a startup is accepted into CodeLaunch, their branding and marketing campaigns receive a significant boost. CodeLaunch encourages startups to actively promote their participation, helping them gain exposure and visibility. The journey through CodeLaunch serves as a unique narrative for startups to share with the world, attracting attention, potential customers, and further opportunities.

Eligibility for Golden Ticket Challenge: Free MVP form PSPro.AI

PSPro.AI is a new featured sponsor of CodeLaunch in 2024. Their next generation no-code platform allows development of applications which leverage AI in record time, at record low cost.

We are happy to announce PSPro.AI will be giving a free MVP away to an undrafted startup founder in each cohort in 2024, beginning with CodeLaunch Houston 2024.

Finalists: Exclusive Benefits and Unforgettable Experiences

As finalists, startups gain access to a range of exclusive benefits designed to propel their growth. They receive one-on-one pitch coaching from First Gen Agency (FGA), ensuring their delivery and presentation are top-notch. Moreover, finalists have the opportunity to connect with the development teams that selected them, fostering relationships that extend beyond the CodeLaunch experience. The hackathon, valued at around $15K, offers finalists free software development services, helping them accelerate their progress. The finalists’ dinner serves as a celebration, creating lasting memories and fostering camaraderie among the accomplished participants (and the bill is on CodeLaunch)!

On the CodeLaunch stage, startups experience a truly unique event, complete with music, rockstar moments, judges, confetti, and an exhilarating exhibitor/tradeshow experience. Finalists also become eligible for the CodeLaunch & Improving Fuel Fund, receiving investment support and the chance to showcase their polished pitch video and professional photos. The prestigious status of being a CodeLaunch finalist opens doors to serious VCs and Angels, creating lasting opportunities for future growth.

CodeLaunch emcee Raheel Malik (left) and founder Jason W. Taylor (right), along with a Slash impersonator guitarist excite the audience during CodeLaunch Atlanta 2023.

CodeLaunch is not your average startup competition; it’s a transformative journey that provides startups with a multitude of benefits. From addressing weaknesses and implementing best practices to refining pitches, forging connections, and enhancing branding, CodeLaunch offers startups the tools and support needed to unlock their full potential.

By participating in CodeLaunch, startups gain access to a community of early stage investors ( check out the recent raises by our founders below), fellow entrepreneurs, expert guidance, and unique opportunities that can shape their path towards success.

Embrace the CodeLaunch experience and watch your startup soar to new heights!

Level Up Your Technology Business and Make an Impact in Your Community by Joining the CodeLaunch PCL (Professional Coder League) 

By Ankeel Bhakta June 29, 2023

CodeLaunch presents a unique opportunity for professional software development teams to level up developer skill, experience, business development, recruiting, retention, team culture, and employee pride. The CodeLaunch PCL (Professional Coder League) is turning developers into impactful heroes who can help launch startups and make dreams come true. Entering a CodeLaunch PCL (Professional Coder League) Hackathon Team into a CodeLaunch event near you unlocks a multitude of benefits. Let’s explore the valuable advantages that await companies who choose to be part of CodeLaunch.

Level Up Developer Skill and Experience

Whether working on your company’s proprietary tools and products, or consulting for 3rd parties to build theirs, developers can get stuck in a rut. Working on the same product every day can get old to engineering minds eager to learn and build new things. Enter CodeLaunch – we pair the very best startups who accelerate through our challenging startup competition with dev teams and these startups often need new emerging and edge-tech solutions that developers LOVE to work on and learn on. Your devs bring these experiences and skills back to your business goals after CodeLaunch.

Business Development, Recruiting and Retention

By aligning with CodeLaunch your brand is now amongst the elite in your market. This attracts new business, new people, and retains the people you have. By inviting prospects and your own key stakeholders and clients to see the great work your team is capable of, you are building a network of “Brand Ambassadors” – people who will come away from CodeLaunch impressed and sure that your organization is leading the way in business, culture, and a commitment to uplifting your community.

Win the Title “Hackathon Team Champion” and $2,000 USD ($36K MXN) for your Developers

Working on a startup’s product for two 12-hour days is tough. That’s why we bring some unique rewards to every event specifically for the devs who give their skill and energy to our finalist startups. It starts with our PCL Jerseys which we bring to every dev on the team and represent your brand as well as CodeLaunch and PCL. These devs are heroes just like our favorite athletes! One team’s startup will win the actual event on stage, as chosen by the live audience. This team gets two more incredible rewards: The one of a kind Hackathon Team Championship Belt trophy (looks great in the office and is commonly worn proudly at the office all year) and we hand the winning dev team $2,000 USD ($36K MXN) in cash on stage too!

Improving Atlanta’s Hackathon Team member John Ruzick celebrates on stage as the CodeLaunch ATL 2023 Hackathon Champion.

Showcasing Ability and Expertise

As a Hackathon Team at CodeLaunch, sponsors have the chance to demonstrate their product development capability and highlight their team’s expertise. By dedicating their skills and knowledge to accelerating the development of a CodeLaunch finalist’s product, companies can make a tangible impact within a focused timeframe. The work accomplished during the hackathon is showcased in a captivating 30-second video which is demonstrated by the founder to the live CodeLaunch audience and judges, providing a powerful platform for brand impressions.

CodeLaunch is the only way we’ve met our economic goals so far this year. I couldn’t afford not to do CodeLaunch.

– Isaac Carter, Founder of Contollo (4-time Hackathon Team sponsor)

Brand Amplification and Growth

Sponsoring a CodeLaunch PCL Hackathon Team amplifies a company’s brand presence within your community. The event provides a platform to gain exposure and recognition among industry leaders, potential clients, and investors.  Your brand is now an elite community-minded thought leader. Our sponsors and partners typically get around 100K brand impressions per 8-week event cycle across all our marketing mediums and at the event. The dramatic video of your Hackathon Team in action further enhances a company’s visibility, with the resulting video prominently showcased during CodeLaunch by our emcee. This exposure can drive growth, attracting new clients and business opportunities.

Team Culture and Employee Pride

The finale event is an incredible opportunity for you to bring your whole company together at an event which will inspire them, fill them with pride in the brand that employs them, and further strengthen your organizations culture. Quite simply you bring all your people and we make sure they have fun and come away inspired and happy. The best part is we do all the work to produce your company event, turn-keyed! This is more important than ever in our new culture of remote teams.

Hackathon Team sponsor Abel Solutions showcasing their exciting exhibit table at CodeLaunch Atlanta 2023!

Lasting Impact

CodeLaunch PCL Hackathon Team sponsors contribute to the growth and advancement of the tech industry and startup ecosystem. The work accomplished during the hackathon can have a lasting impact on the CodeLaunch finalists and their products. By dedicating their skills and resources, Hackathon Teams play a crucial role in accelerating the development of innovative solutions, propelling finalists towards success and impacting economies.

Cultivating Innovation through Conscious Capitalism

CodeLaunch unleashes the power of Conscious Capitalism and encourages innovative thinking. Participating as a Hackathon Team allows companies to challenge themselves and push boundaries in a supportive and collaborative environment. The two-day coding event fosters creativity and sparks new ideas. This concentrated focus on innovation can lead to breakthroughs in product development and inspire the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and practices which come back to your organization after the event.

Why CodeLaunch?

CodeLaunch offers professional software development teams a remarkable opportunity to showcase their expertise, foster innovation, and connect with top talent. PCL Hackathon Teams can benefit from showcasing their product development capability, amplifying their brand presence, and cultivating valuable partnerships. This immersive experience not only accelerates the development of CodeLaunch finalists’ products but also pushes boundaries and leaves a lasting impact on the tech industry. Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to challenge your team, compete with the best, network with industry leaders, and make a meaningful difference at CodeLaunch.

CodeLaunch Mexico 2023

CodeLaunch is coming to Guadalajara, Mexico on August 30th for their first international event!

Are you a Mexico-based professional software company interested in joining the CodeLaunch PCL and level up your business? Contact CodeLaunch Production Lead Ankeel Bhakta at ankeel.bhakta@improving.com to get the process started!

The Improving Mexico hackathon team gears up for CodeLaunch.

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