Exeter Startup Weekend
Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
The Innovation Centre
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4RN
Do you think you have the next big thing? Well, let it out and come and join Exeter's First Ever Start-Up Weekend
Be a part of Exeter's First Ever Startup Weekend.
Meet amazing people, Learn new Skills, Have Fun, Launch a Business
Do you want to Launch a Startup in 54 hours? Then come along on Friday 17th - 19th July 2015. No Talk, All Action is the Moto!
Whether you are the next Big Tech Thing, Food and Drink idea, Social Enterprise, Renewable Energy, Retail product, arts organisation or budding Start-Up Entrepreneur then Exeter StartUp Weekend could be the place for you to launch.
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences beginning with open mic pitches on Friday. Bring your best ideas and inspire others to join your team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing Lean Startup techniques and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
- Learning through the act of creating
- Building your network
- Finding someone you can actually launch a startup with
- Learning a new skill and stepping outside of your comfort zone
- Getting face time with people who can help make your idea happen
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon - 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders, mentors and investors.
Over 36% of startups from these events are still going strong after three months.
The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startup people Exeter and Devon has to offer.
Experienced business people or new entrepreneurs; designers looking for new ideas; developers wanting to challenge their skills - Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
Starting from 6pm on Friday pitches will be made, ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation - contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea - and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand.
Celebrate! We’ll put in place follow up events, and there will be other opportunities, including the chance to go on the Crowdcube 'Fit for the Crowd' Workshop and 'Sprint' funding Initiative, continued mentorship, co-working space, TechHub membership which includes workshops and meeting amazing startup entrepreneurs and other business support.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday July 17th
Saturday July 18th
Sunday July 19th
CEO Tickbox Solutions Ltd
Through EMCL Stewart has continued his journey with start-ups and entrepreneurial endeavour as a Non Executive Director, Mentor, Coach and Angel Investor. Part of this includes links with Level39 in canary Wharf and also Techhub London.
Ben de Cruz
Senior Partner at Haines Watts/Director at Spacex
Coaches and Mentors
Tom previously co-founded UniSport in 2010 whilst in his second year of University. UniSport live streamed University hockey, football and cricket for the first time ever, working with brands like Red Bull and Under Armour and growing to over 200,000 users in 50 countries.
Stewart has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of Exeter and also a Masters Degree in Optics. He is a regular conference speaker and visiting lecturer at universities in the UK on the Strategic Value of Software Testing, Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Company Values.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Exeter Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Exeter is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here