Startup Weekend Edinburgh

    Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017

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Startup Weekend Edinburgh

Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017

Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm


Edinburgh, UK

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Startup Weekend Edinburgh Reborn! Join Us & Launch a Startup in 54 Hours!

About the event:

●      Startup Weekend is all about taking an idea from concept to creation in 54 hours, it’s a unique and unforgettable experience
●      A global grassroots movement, Startup Weekend brings together active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2900 past events in 150 countries around the world.
●      In just 54 hours you’ll learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Learn more about it on the Startup Weekend website

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend.

●      If you don't have an idea, that’s ok too! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and then join a team to develop your favourite idea.
●      The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ


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Friday September 15th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Edinburgh is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • James
  • Kylie
  • Jonathan
  • Bartek
  • Wayne


Vegard Jørmeland
Corporate Startup Guy // Innovation Catalyst at DNB

Vegard Jørmeland is part of the so-called Startup Weekend Generation - a group of young entrepreneurs and community leaders who started their careers at Startup Weekend!

By day he serves as Innovation Catalyst at one of Northern Europe's largest banks. By night he serves the community as organiser of events such as Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Circle, Startup Grind and others.

Vegard says "It is all about the people! To me Startup Weekend is not as much about building Startups as it is about building Entrepreneurs. At Startup Weekend we see people come back over and over again, and we see them grow into these ambitious, competent and truly amazing entrepreneurs. Who go on to do good for themselves, their companies and society as a whole. - And that gets me really excited!"

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