Startup Weekend EXETER

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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Startup Weekend EXETER

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

The Innovation Centre
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4RN

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Are you sitting on an idea? No matter how small or outlandish it may be, act on it and turn it into reality.  You never know… your idea could change the world for the better. 

Have you spotted a problem and see a way to solve it?  Do you have an idea you’ve always wanted to test or are you keen to make a difference?   

Whatever, the idea for business or for Social good we can help you discover how you can do it:  
Join us over the weekend of 18-20th November (Global Entrepreneurial Week) at the University of Exeter Innovation Centre.

There will be loads of great ideas, fab prizes, with the best pitches going forward.  Teams form to work on the best ideas.  The weekend is backed up by expert facilitators, knowledgeable mentors, and fueled by some great food, all included in the price.  

Sign up today!  Special Super Early Bird ticket on offer for a limited time only.

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Friday November 18th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 at work at the Venue until 10 pm

Saturday November 19th

9:00 am
Breakfast and Begin Work
Breakfast teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coaches and Mentors arrive
Coaches and Mentors debriefed and then work with Teams

12:15 pm

1:15 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. Venue closes at 10pm

Sunday November 20th

8:45 am
Breakfast and Begin Work
Arrive, breakfast & coffee begin work (it's a busy day)

10:30 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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

8:30 pm
Wrap up and Go Home!


Jane Collingwood

Jane is a lecturer in dentistry and currently completing her PhD. She came to Start Up Weekend with no idea what to expect and some false teeth in her handbag. More important than the false teeth was the knowledge that she had the potential to solve a real problem, after repeated discussions with professional colleagues. However, she  really didn't know how to go about making it happen. Jane now has prototypes about to be tested by a University and is majority shareholder of a nascent business. Crucially, she is owner of one of the Exeter Start Up Weekend Dogs called, Mabel, who will hopefully be attending

Evan Luthra
CEO at, | Founder | Founder & CEO EL Group International | Entrepreneur & Investor | Honorary Ph.D in Blockchain | 500,000 followers on Social Media

Evan is founder at EL Group International, a software company which Evan  founded when he was just 15 years old.  El Group provides digital solutions to major Fortune 500 companies. Before starting his first official company in 2010 he developed 30 + Apps which was used by millions of people across the world. 

Evan is an accredited Angel Investor and invest in a variety of products and businesses. An early investor in the fastest growing on Demand company in the world  - . Most recently an early Investor and CEO in Wheelys India - A Top 15 company to watch out in 2017 by INC magazine.

Evan is also a featured speaker at different universities and conferences around the globe for topic such as Technology, CryptoCurrencies and Blockchain .Previously a speaker at the United Nations, TEDx, Google, Crypto Investor Show, Blockshow and more. He is a well known influencer with over 500,000 followers on Social Media and have been featured on multiple TV shows and press sites

Event Judges

Richard Eckley
Senior Investment Analyst

Richard is Senior Investment Analyst for Crowdcube, which provides a platform for entrepreneurs of start-ups and growing businesses to connect with potential investors.

Dedicated to helping UK-based entrepreneurs raise finance to start or grow their business, Crowdcube is the world’s first crowdfunding website that gives investors real equity in the companies they fund. Crowdcube also enables debt finance for more established businesses via mini-bonds. Crowdcube uses the web-based notion of ‘crowdfunding’ where a community of like minded people pool their money and knowledge together to back an idea, business or person.

Antonia Power

Experienced General Counsel with in-house background at 2 pioneering digital technology businesses as well as a major listed water utility. Well versed in negotiating a wide range of commercial, IT and IP agreements, fintech and e-commerce, dispute resolution, automation and templating of processes for cost reduction, efficiency and scaling. Comfortable in fast paced innovative environments. 

Antonia's private practice background is in corporate finance, private equity, acquisitions, sales, MBO’s, MBI’s.

adam Lusby
Circular Economy

Coaches and Mentors

Thor Mitchell
Chief Product Officer for Crowdcube

Thor Mitchell is Head of Product for Crowdcube.  Thor was at Google for nine years, based in London, Sydney, and Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters. While at Google he was primarily focused on developer products and strategy, and managed a number of popular services including the Google Maps API, and the Google+ Platform. Prior to Google, Thor worked on networking and messaging products at Sun microsystems.

Michael Saunby
Open Innovation

Formally Open Innovation Manager at the Met Office and #Hacker.
It's 2014 and web browsers aren't just for displaying carefully, or carelessly, styled graphics and text. We can load data into the browser and manipulate it, share it, and admire it. Let's do science in the browser.

Charlotte Collyer
Enterprise and FabLabDevon Manager at Libraries Unlimited

Enterprise and FabLabDevon Manager at Libraries Unlimited

Chalotte is Founder of physidigi - a physical form for digital media.  Physidigi sound, physidigi ebooks, physidigi media are innovative ways to buy, give and share digital stuff. 

Joel Stobart
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

I founded Custodian with 2 brilliant minds. Fusing their decades of experience of Investigations, anti-fraud, Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection experience. Combining it, with my experience building enterprise software. It's been a huge success including being awarded a global award for the technology we use to combat counterfeiting. 

My role is to deliver powerful, unique, and usable software; an accomplished CTO, Head of Development and Architect. With 10 years of software management behind me; I have become recognized for leading, recruiting and managing cross functional development teams of programming, quality assurance and user experience (UX). I focus on getting the best out of people, code-traceability and process improvement. I have a proven track record of delivering software development projects on time and budget. With work within the company's leadership team to defining strategic goals and improving customers users' experience. On large sales I will also provide technical pre-sales support for sales, and consultancy practices. Working directly with clients including large enterprises and financial services customers.

Throughout my career I have had success providing consultancy, analysis and advice on the web applications, internet security, internet spidering and monitoring, data warehousing, brand management and brand protection software.

Andy White

Electronics engineer , inventor , background in most aspects of electronics, technology transfer , licensing , high volume manufacture , off shore production and startup mentoring .
Racal in the 70's, co designed Jaguar, the worlds first PRBG covert military digital comms equipment.
Then Phillips, running their microelectronic design facility in the UK.
Then I bought out Gothic Crellon from Thorn EMI, ran that for a while, again installing a semi-custom design facility.
Next London with Silicon Publishing, we designed the worlds first portable 5 language TALKING translator - with 1980's tech !!! !!!
Then Innovations, technical director , designing and manufacturing all those things you never knew you needed !
Then set up Innovision R and T ltd, where we grew quickly, picking up design contracts and developing technologies for int. companies .
There I invented DataPals RFID, and licensed it to Lucas Films for the 1990's Star Wars toys. 
It was this technology that then became NFC, which resulted in the floatation of Innovision on Aim in 2001, and the eventual sale to Broadcomm a few years back. 

Tom Charman

Tom is the co-founder and CEO of KOMPAS, a travel application that uses artificial intelligence to suggest travel recommendations based on our personal interests and location at any given time. Tom works heavily in the field of technology, and KOMPAS is his third startup. He is building technology that allows us to understand overall user behaviours, and how this can be used to benefit both businesses on a wider scale, and also the end user. Tom is particularly interested in Machine Learning and Graph Databases having recently given a TEDx talk on the 'Future of Technology', and seeks to work on models that can benefit society in general through the use of cutting edge technology. He is passionate about helping young entrepreneurs and has worked with Stanford University, Virgin Startup and iDEA, to promote young entrepreneurship and help businesses blossom. He’s also advised the UK government on enterprise and entrepreneurship at 10 Downing Street.  

Tom Langdon-Davies
Board Chairman

Tom is a member of ibd UK, a group of 200 highly experienced business advisors.  He is  also Chairman of ET Index Ltd, Level 39, Canary Wharf and a panel  Project review panel member,for Climate KIC, Imperial College, London.   He is also an Associate of Regen SW and Fellow RSA

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The Startup Weekend EXETER team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Exeter is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Elena Tosheva
Head of Community at City AI

Currently on a mission to enable everyone to apply artificial intelligence. I'm heading the global community of City AI - a high-profile network, providing engaging events & curating top-trending content. Our goal is to multiply the AI talent pool and allow for better application of AI globally.

Previously I've overseen the Techstars startup communities across Europe and I've lead the marketing efforts of JA Europe. Passionate about entrepreneurship education and innovation, with expertise in community building, project management, brand development, events and campaign management, partner relations and stakeholder engagement. 

Strong believer in the #givefirst mentality!

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