Startup Weekend Lancaster

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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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
Bailrigg
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YX

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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 “lancaster@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 30th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


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


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
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
Voting
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
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 December 2nd


9:00 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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Winding Down..
Join us for a drink and some pizza - you've earned it!



Speakers


Josh Riddett
Managing Director at Easy Crypto Hunter

Lancaster University's Entrepreneurs Society President turned entrepreneur, keynote speaker and guest-lecturer for cryptocurrency and Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Josh created and is now sole Founder & MD of UK's Top GPU Provider of GPU Crypto Mining Hardware. The company specialises in combining the security of assets with super simple entry to the crypto space provided by josh and his team. Easy Crypto Hunter works with both individuals and large businesses: We build and sell the machines that upkeep the blockchain system, updating the public ledger (record of transactions) enabling the owners of the mining equipment to earn a very healthy return as a reward for help to power these networks.

Event Judges


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.


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.


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

 


Fraser Williams
Co-Founder at repairly.co.uk

Co-founder and CEO of Repairly, an on-demand repairs service for busy people with broken technology. "We fix smartphones and tablets, all picked-up and dropped-off within two hours. We’re a Techstars company backed by Virgin Media". He is also the founder of The Hive (https://www.linkedin.com/company/9312791?trk=prof-exp-company-name) and Checkit Proofreading (https://www.linkedin.com/company/9311003?trk=prof-exp-company-name). Fraser has individually founded three separate startups, and is constantly looking for talent to take his ideas even further (Repairly, The Hive Crowd and Checkit Proofreading). 


Francis Rodino

 


Josh Riddett
Managing Director at Easy Crypto Hunter

Lancaster University's Entrepreneurs Society President turned entrepreneur, keynote speaker and guest-lecturer for cryptocurrency and Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Josh created and is now sole Founder & MD of UK's Top GPU Provider of GPU Crypto Mining Hardware. The company specialises in combining the security of assets with super simple entry to the crypto space provided by josh and his team. Easy Crypto Hunter works with both individuals and large businesses: We build and sell the machines that upkeep the blockchain system, updating the public ledger (record of transactions) enabling the owners of the mining equipment to earn a very healthy return as a reward for help to power these networks.


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

Hassan has been an 'entrepreneur' since the age of 8, establishing his first computer repair and web services company when only 13 years old. Finishing as a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest in The One Oldham Business Awards 2014, he is currently studying both enterprise and business, entering the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. Hassan helps businesses by making them look good online and helping them make the most of the creative tools & techniques out there.


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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Evelyn
    Ong
  • Matt
    Taylor
  • Alex
    Jung
  • Karan
    Navani

Facilitators


Daniel Kyne
Speakers & Startups Manager - Dublin Tech Summit

- Speakers & Startups Manager at Dublin Tech Summit
- Facilitator and Community Leader at Startup Weekend
- Enactus DCU Team Leader (World Cup Semi-Finalists 2017)
- World Economic Forum Global Shaper
- 30 Under 30 Ireland (2017)
- Founding Member of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland

Event Staff


Tim Clark
Volunteer

 


Danny Morton
Volunteer

 


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