The seventh annual FSTVL brought over 150 THNKers back home to THNK this past weekend. THNK FSTVL is an annual gathering of THNKers designed to explore the deeper self, learn new ways of doing and being, and drink from the collective well of inspiration. In true THNK fashion, we filled the 72-hour immersive experience with 19 sessions, THNKer spotlight evenings, city escapades, and plenty of food and drink.
FSTVL was comprised of four types of sessions:
- Hard skills (venture design, scaling)
- Innovation & disruption (technology, prototyping)
- The self (personal development, spirituality)
- Inspiration (storytelling, pitching)
Many sessions had an entrepreneurial focus, from getting started and getting funded, to innovation, scaling, and more.
THNKer Adnan Mirza kicked off the theme with his session Getting Started: Going from vision to chopping wood and carrying water. Attendees refined their individual action-oriented purpose statements. They presented their written statement to each other, inviting other attendees to give feedback on what became a walking exhibit of purpose.
THNK Faculty Huib Wurfbain and THNKer Richard Kooloos discussed how to develop a concrete pitch for investors. Huib, who is also an angel investor, talked about his own experience with investing and how to establish a good relationship with your investor. Strong emphasis was placed on the importance of evaluating potential investors to ensure they are a good fit with you and your venture, not only attracting investors.
Mark Vernooij tasked attendees with exploring how to build an innovation engine within their own organizations and ventures in his session on Innovation DNA. Based on the five elements of an innovative organization, attendees reflected on their company's organizational structure, learning networks, and innovation needs.