Sunday March 24, 2013 | 03:55 PM

There are about three more hours left in Startup Weekend before the final presentations for the judges. The teams are focused on building either a viable product or a rock-solid pitch to make to funders in order to convince judges that their businesses are going to survive beyond the end of the night.

Maine International Dance Festival

I caught up with this team shortly after they’d made their draft presentation to the coaches early this afternoon. They’d just been working with designer Sean Wilkinson to build a logo and basic website, which you can visit here.

This team is aiming to produce a full-blown dance festival in the summer of 2014. They’re looking at partnering with existing groups, including the Bates Dance Festival and Franco-American community organizations. Team member Jean Michel Kayumba says that dance offers “a great way for different cultures to interact without a language barrier.”

“That’s the main vision, to get people of diverse communities, cultures, values to integrate through dance. It’s like traveling without paying for a ticket – we bring Burundi into your backyard,” says Kayumba.

Below: a logo concept by designer Sean Wilkinson.

 

ChronoQuest (formerly the Time Travel Agency of Portland)

Like many of the others, this group has also rebranded themselves – in their case, due to trademark issues. But they also have a website and a product to share: a “Demon Rum” tour of Portland, which highlights some of the city’s Prohibition-era landmarks. They’d like to find a modern-day bar or distillery that would sponsor the tour, in exchange for being the ending point for the tour’s thirsty travelers.

“We had very heated prep this morning before we took a break for some scrutiny” before the draft presentation to coaches, says team member David Lydon.

“We spent about an hour resolving some issues, restructuring the pitch before our 1 p.m. deadline,” continued Sarah Hines, a Web developer on the team. “We have amazing material, a business plan, a functional website (http://timetraveltours.co/); we just have to make connections with business sponsors, which is hard to do on a weekend."

For their final presentation, Lydon says that they plan to start with a strong emotional hook to get the judges excited about their idea, and spend less time on the operational nitty-gritty.

You can now follow ChronoQuest Time Travel Tours on Twitter, too:  @chronoquest.

 

I’ll be live-blogging from Startup Weekend through the rest of the day, so stay tuned. You can also follow along on Twitter by following the hashtag #swportlandmaine.

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