Techstars Startup Weekend Exeter

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Exeter

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

University of Exeter Business School
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4PU

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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 17-19th  November (Global Entrepreneurial Week) at the University of Exeter Business School

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 17th

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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 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 November 18th

8:45 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and get to work on Business Model Canvas and Team Dynamics

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!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

8:45 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentors meeting
Last chance to meet with mentors

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 Start

5:30 pm
Judging and Awards

6:15 pm
Celebration Dinner

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Ian Hale

Ian is a coach to senior executives as well as designing and leading behavioural change projects for organisations across the globe. He consults up to Group level  in a wide variety of sectors with extensive exposure to cross-cultural leadership. Ian has an instinctive style that delivers “swift, rapid and lasting change” in a language that transforms drive and motivation.  For the last 8 years he Ian has worked on the development of senior leaders  specifically in the areas of Influence, Personal Impact, Performance Management, Conflict Handling and Team working. Most recently supporting Barclays Bank with the design and implementation of the global roll out of the Purpose, Values and  Behaviours programme as well as their Leadership Academy. His initiatives have included projects for the United Nations, BP, Schlumberger, BDO, Telefonica, Castrol, KPMG, O2, Pennon Group, the NHS, Barclaycard, HSBC, Arab Bank and NBC. In addition, Ian recently worked in the EMEA region on programs leading a group  of 5000 participants. Ian is accredited to use various psychometric instruments and as is a  coach certified coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is also a qualified Teleos Leadership coach and a Master NLP practitioner. Ian has trained personal interest  and values inventories including: Thomas Killman Instrument, SDI Strengths Finder  & FIRO-B. Outside of his daily activities he uses his consulting expertise to improve the effectiveness of leaders in the charitable sector, he pioneered programmes on fathering with the  National Children’s Home and sat on the management board for Parent Link as well as being involved in developing and leading programmes for the charity Voice  (Advocacy for young people) Following the London Olympics 2012 Ian worked with 21st Century Legacy where young people from many backgrounds, are engaged in a program called  “Be the Best you can be”

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.

Christine Allison
Director at Roborough House Associates

Offering a range of services in social entrepreneurship, social finance and business development in the south-west and internationally.

Coaches and Mentors

Matt Morley

Tom Charman
Co-Founder and CEO, Kompas App

Tom is the co-founder and CEO of KOMPAS. He’s an experienced founder and has a strong knowledge of data science. In 2016, Tom gave a TEDx talk on Artificial Intelligence and the ‘Future of Technology’ and has gone on to be recognised as an international speaker at events including Mobile World Congress, and Visa Futures. Today, Tom advises governments and institutions on deep technologies and their impact on society and has been recognised by the Chamber of Commerce as the Future Face of Innovation and Technology. He’s been recognised as a leading influencer in the field of deep technology and data privacy by a range of organisations, and most recently, was listed in the 30 south of 30 power list.

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.

Michael Wilkinson
Head of Equity Investment

Passionate about innovation, the start-up and early stage ecosystem, and the power of alternative finance to disrupt and improve.

Well versed in the preparation and execution of early stage fundraising. I coach and mentor start-ups on successfully navigating this important part of their journey, through programmes like Virgin Start Ups, FFWD and Cocoon.

The Head of Equity Investment at Crowdcube and second employee in, I helped grow the company from idea to the world's leading equity crowdfunding platform.

Clare Harrison

Clare Harrison is the founder of Start Me Up, a startup that runs entrepreneurial education programmes in Mexico, Spain and Bali, Indonesia.   She spent eight years as a business journalist writing for The Times and The Telegraph before going on to launch several startups while working as a PR consultant for small businesses.   Clare's attended several startup weekends both as a mentor and as a participant and has experience of fundraising, product development, marketing, PR and business development. 

Emma McFarland
Strategic Designer, Innovation & Digital Producer, Workshop Designer & Evaluator in arts, cultural and notforprofit orgs

Emma graduated with BA (Hons) Economics and began her career in investment management at CS First Boston before moving into the not for profit sector, where she led on the concept, development and roll-out of one of the voluntary sector’s first digital learning resources  Her wide-ranging career includes social policy and programme development and over 20 years working as a senior manager, innovator and producer of projects and programmes in the arts sector.  Emma recently gained MA Digital Media Management (Distinction) from leading digital school Hyper Island and now works as an independent Innovation & Digital Producer and Consultant in the areas of strategic design and research and evaluation, in the arts, cultural and not for profit sectors.

Samantha Mickleburgh

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars 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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David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

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