Exeter Startup Weekend and Global Startup Battle

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015


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Exeter Startup Weekend and Global Startup Battle

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

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

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Join us for our 2nd Startup Weekend and take part in the Global Startup Battle

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, hackers, designers, change makers and catalysts.   

Do you want to turn problems into solutions in 54 hours?  Think you  have the best idea for the next best thing? Have what it takes to launch a business in a weekend? Then here's your opportunity come and join us for our second  Exeter Startup Weekend. 


As the world rallies around startups, entrepreneurs, and innovation for Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Exeter Startup Weekend and Global Startup Battle will make its return.  

More than 250 Startup Weekends will happen on the weekends of November 13th and November 20th and every team that forms at any one of those events, will be eligible to compete in the Global Startup Battle.
Who will claim victory at Exeter's 2nd  Startup Weekend and have the chance to go through to the Global Startup Battle? 
You will work with other technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts to build real solutions to the world's most pressing problems in just one crazy weekend. If there's a problem you think can be solved with technology, social enterprise, engineering, entrepreneurship or building something , this is the place to kick it all off.

Startup Weekends are all about building amazing teams, accessing fantastic mentors, learning new skills and being brave enough to take the stage and present to a panel of judges who have the power to send your Startup idea to battle in a global arena.
Tracks/Themes for the Global startup Battle 2015 will include:

1.   
The Champions Track – The Top 3 Winning Teams get to go forward to the Regional Finals
2.    Great in the Making – Focus on those who are making products and technologies that will greatly improve people’s  lives in areas                such as convenience, organisation, transportation, office products and experiences.
3.   The Innovators – Launch your business, company or product on a .CO domain name over the weekend to be in with the chance of             winning a prize package worth over $20K. 4.      
4.   Disruptors and Big Ideas – For entrepreneurs setting out to change industries with visionary ideas 
5.   Women in Tech

We have an amazing team of coaches, Facilitator John Beadle and some fantastic opportunities for prizes.
See you there.



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 20th


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


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


6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


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


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams form and register and names themselves and start brainstorming ideas


9:15 pm
Begin Work
Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Venue closes at 10 pm

Saturday November 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive,breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coaches and Mentors Arrive
Coaches and Mentors Arrive - Coaches check in and Debriefed


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday November 22nd


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


4:30 pm
Dinner


5:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Matt Pockock
Vocal Coach/Public Speaking Coach

Matt was the winner of our first Exeter Startup Weekend. He is a Voice Coach a singing teacher, public speaking coach, dialect coach and actor trainer.

Working with companies such as Accenture UK, public speaking clubs and Drama schools.  Matt will speak about the Importance of the Pitch.


Andrew Davies
Co-Founder Idio Ltd

Andrew is a co-founder of idio, a predictive marketing platform that turns content into intelligence for clients such as JP Morgan, OpenText, and Unicef, with offices in London and New York. He previously co-founded a digital agency that built high-scale social media analytics systems for clients including O2, ITV and Number 10, and worked for Deloitte Consulting in their TMT division. When not writing in the 3rd person, he has a bias for action, enjoys working with problem-solvers, loves outdoor fun with his young family, and relishes being the underdog.   Keywords:  Startups, growth, tech, GTD, startup advice, value props

Event Judges


Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist and researcher who has authored over eighty peer reviewed papers, seven books, and has been involved with several standards bodies. Originally an astrophysicist he now works as a consultant and journalist, focusing on mobile, open hardware and emerging technologies with expertise in electronics, especially wireless devices and distributed sensor networks, mobile computing, and the "Internet of Things.” He is a contributing editor for Make: Magazine, and runs a small consulting company. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.


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.


Laurence Oakes-Ash

Responsible for Business Development and Investment, Laurence trained in mathematics and accountancy prior to 12 invaluable years in investment banking. Working out of London and New York, Laurence traded across European equities markets as head of Autos, Industrials, Tech, Telcos and Media. Now he brings to Andromeda’s senior team his exceptional investment strategy, analysis, business, financial and project management skills.


Zoe Lewis

Talent and Diversity for Accenture.


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


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.


Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist and researcher who has authored over eighty peer reviewed papers, seven books, and has been involved with several standards bodies. Originally an astrophysicist he now works as a consultant and journalist, focusing on mobile, open hardware and emerging technologies with expertise in electronics, especially wireless devices and distributed sensor networks, mobile computing, and the "Internet of Things.” He is a contributing editor for Make: Magazine, and runs a small consulting company. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.


David Solomides
Accelerator Educator

David is an approved and registered GrowthAccelerator Coach and a past University of Exeter Business Mentor of the Year.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Professional of the Institute of Operational Risk and has created and grown businesses both within the UK and internationally. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director and specialises in facilitating significant growth in both established and early stage businesses, implementing change and thinking "outside the box". He also has a passion for bringing business into education and runs the ZENEN Business Challenge, to introduce enterprise to primary and secondary students. 


Jonathan Melruish-Sprague
Founding Partner Account Director

Jonathan is a co-founder of Koncept, a venture technology company which works with technology startups to develop their ideas into successful businesses. Their portfolio currently includes 16 startups who are working with LifeFitness, FitBit, the Deltic group and Vodka Revolutions to name a few.


Andrew Davies
Co-Founder Idio Ltd

Andrew is a co-founder of idio, a predictive marketing platform that turns content into intelligence for clients such as JP Morgan, OpenText, and Unicef, with offices in London and New York. He previously co-founded a digital agency that built high-scale social media analytics systems for clients including O2, ITV and Number 10, and worked for Deloitte Consulting in their TMT division. When not writing in the 3rd person, he has a bias for action, enjoys working with problem-solvers, loves outdoor fun with his young family, and relishes being the underdog.   Keywords:  Startups, growth, tech, GTD, startup advice, value props


Tycho Luyben

Tycho is one of the co-founders of Koncept, an international technology startup incubator. Koncept takes startups from idea stage to exit or investment, including the entire process of building a working minimal viable product (MVP). The company has been helping startups for a year and has a significant portfolio of excellent teams and their products. Tycho holds the role of technical director in Koncept which he has done for for small and medium sized companies in the past including 2015 startup Logirix, an international software services company.


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The Exeter Startup Weekend and Global Startup Battle 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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  • Nat
    Collard
  • Katy
    Dash
  • Joe
    Pearce
  • Robin
    Jackson
  • Matt
    Morley

Facilitators


John Beadle
Director of Startup Weekend



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