Startup Weekend Lancaster

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Lancaster, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Lancaster

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YX

Buy Tickets

Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday November 30th

6:30 pm
Arrive at Lancaster University's Management School Hub and get checked in

7:00 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
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
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

Saturday December 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Guest Speaker
Managing Director of Easy Crypto Hunter Josh Riddett will be telling us about his journey from student to entrepreneur in the past five years.

1:30 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!

5:00 pm
Practice Pitches

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 December 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast

10:00 am

10:20 am

10:40 am
Practice Pitches

12:00 pm

1:00 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
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Winding Down + Time To Chill
Join us for a drink and some pizza - you've earned it!

Event Judges

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.

Volker Hirsch
Angel Investor and Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates

Volker is an entrepreneur who founded/co-founded a total of 7 companies so far. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a 50-strong mobile development firm with 400+ person-years mobile software development experience.

Volker is also an active angel investor, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and the Chairman of Bibblio. He is a board member and/or advisor to another 7 companies in EdTech, AI, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming and a co-founder of Tech North Advocates, a non-profit initiative seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North of England. Volker is also a frequent keynote speaker at technology conferences and corporate events around the world.

Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop (a mobile social gaming platform with, at its peak, 450m users), which was acquired by BlackBerry where he was subsequently acting as its Global Head of Games. Volker is a corporate lawyer by original profession.

John Kershaw
Founder at

John Kershaw founded Bristlr, the dating app connecting those with beards to those who want to stroke beards, in 2014. After gaining international notoriety he grew the company and white-labeled the technology to become M14 Industries. He and his company went through the Ignite startup accelerator in 2015, has closed multiple rounds of funding, and appeared on Dragon's Den in 2017.

Coaches and Mentors

Gerasimos Balis
Design and Entrepreneurship Researcher

Design and Entrepreneurship Researcher at the HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, looking at the contribution of design methods and techniques in entrepreneurship. Innovation coordinator at Lancaster University Students’ Union, supporting students start new ventures by applying an Enterprise Design approach. Was a mentor for the Start-up weekend in Lancaster University in November 2015

Mustafa Mohamed
Co-Founder, Yoke Network

Ex-Vice President of Lancaster Entrepreneurs and Startup Weekend Lancaster 2016 Lead Organiser, Mustafa recently graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from Lancaster. He has since gone on to found his own adtech startup - Yoke Network - which specialises in advertising apps through social media influencers.

Jide Maduako
Co-Founder, Yoke Network

Ex-Head of Marketing @ Lancaster Entrepreneurs, Jidé graduated from Lancaster in 2017 after studying Economics. He then joined Sweatcoin as The Head of Growth & helped them to become the fastest growing Health and Fitness app ever. Jidé then went on to found his own adtech startup - Yoke Network - which specialises in advertising apps through social media influencers.

Azeez Soetan
Associate Account Strategist at Google

Azeez is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate from Lancaster University and was also the President of Lancaster Entrepreneurs during his time there. He is now Associate Account Strategist at Google

Hassan Iqbal
Young Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2015 & CEO of CreativePixels

Hassan Iqbal is an award winning entrepreneur and the Managing Director of CreativePixels, an award winning design-driven creative agency, which has worked with the likes of Unicef, University of Greenwich and Unltd.

Hassan has been a true young 'entrepreneur' since the age of 8, starting his first business at 13. He has graduated from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, an academy setup by the BBC's Dragons Den Star, Peter Jones. Where he was invited back to speak in-front of Peter Jones CBE and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as well at just 18 becoming a TEDx Speaker.

Minhaz Abedin

Minhaz continues to thrive off the same foundations from which he started; starting conversations to bring change and equality. With this, he gives his life's work towards empowering voices and will continue to do so in all future endeavours

Jake Cocker
MD of OnDemand Projects

Jake is the Managing Director of OnDemand Projects, a specialist SaaS development company who develop platforms for the construction industry as well as other areas.

Stephen Robbinson
Projects & Operations Developer / Cloud Architect, Digital Innovation & Research Services at Lancaster University

A regular speaker on the use of technology and innovation within higher education, Stephen is a developer and cloud architect at Lancaster University and is currently the technical lead for DMAonline. DMAonline is an Ed-Tech product aiming to provide a simple, easy to use service that provides intelligent insights into the open research activities happening within an institution.

Myrto Lalacos
Director at AccelerateME

Myrto is currently the Director at Accelerate ME which is a pre-seed accelerator for students and graduates and includes a 12 week programme that offers mentors, office space & up to £2000 funding.
As the director, Myrto takes lead on the strategic, operational and financial responsibilities of the organisation.
She is also a Programme Associate for L Marks and helps to run 10-week accelerator-like programmes within corporates looking to innovate.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Lancaster 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Evelyn
  • Matt
  • Karan


Daniel Kyne
Fast Track Innovation Lead

- Innovation Lead at Unilever
- World Economic Forum Global Shaper
- 30 Under 30 Ireland (2017 & 2018)
- Enactus World Cup Semi-Finalist (2017 & 2018)

Event Staff

Brieuc Thirouard


Anna Rohrhofer

Lancaster University student

Denise Dela Vega

Lancaster University student

George Ruellan

Lancaster University student

Kristian Hoyle-Johnson

Lancaster University student

Olivia Humphrey

Lancaster University student

Reem Al-Ismaily

Lancaster University student

Event Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!