Startup Weekend Lancaster

    Friday, December 2 - 4, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Lancaster

Friday, December 2 - 4, 2016

Friday, December 2 - 4, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster, UK LA1 4YX

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Startup Weekend Lancaster 2016 - No Talk. All Action.

▾ No Talk. All action. Launch a startup in 54 hours. ▾ 
The only way to learn how to start a business is by actually doing it.

► Lancaster University Startup Weekend ◄

After two amazing years since the launch in 2014, Startup Weekend Lancaster returns for it's 3rd year!

Starting Fri, Dec 2nd this competition brings together designers, developers, marketers, business people and startup enthusiasts to launch a startup in 54 hours. It’s that simple. 

60-second pitches result in the formation of small teams around the best concepts. 54 hours are spent focusing on customer and product development, validating ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced mentors. Finally, each team has the chance to present their results and receive feedback from a panel of industry experts. 

Not forgetting, awesome prizes for the winning teams! 


This is your chance to get involved with your local startup community as part of a global concept and show your talents and ideas to the world. 

- Find future partners
- Make new friends

Startup Weekend can provide YOU the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and develop the skills, connections, and confidence necessary to launch a company. 

Still not convinced? WE HAVE PROOF!

✓ What is Startup Weekend?

✓ Lancaster Startup Weekend 2014 

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Friday December 2nd

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

7:00 pm
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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Food time!
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

Saturday December 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Speaker: Tomas Paulik
We're joined by Tomas Paulik, co-founder of Shout! app. He'll be speaking to participants about his own startup journey!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Tomas Paulik
Founder and Software Architect, Shout App

Previously software development engineer at Microsoft, Tomas is also a public speaker, giving talks on business models and entrepreneurship. He is currently co-founder of a tech startup company focused on Smart Cities from consumers’ perspective. They are in an initial product development phase. We're so glad to have Tomas speaking to our participants on Saturday!

Event Judges

Jon Corner
CEO The Landing MediaCityUK and Chairman, RiverMotion Group

As CEO, Jon has successfully positioned The Landing as a future driver of business collaboration at MediaCityUK, engaging a wide range of commercial stakeholders and clients. He has created a unique business proposition for SMEs, enabling The Landing to attract global media organisations, including designers of interactive media, engineering, software specialists and content producers. In his role providing a strategic steer, he also ensures that The Landing complements and enhances the activities of major broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV at MediaCityUK.

Louis-James Davis
CEO VST Enterprises, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

Louis-James Davis started life as a musician and has played with many well known musicians on an international stage. In 2011, Louis-James received the award for ‘young entrepreneur of the year’ (BEI International). At the end of 2012, following extensive research and development Louis-James founded VST Enterprises and now holds a UK Patent for any image scanned from any device with a camera. In 2013 Louis-James co-founded KMS Solutions who are responsible for the world’s smallest dual purpose GSM communications and GPS location device, the KMS Wristband. The wristband was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 where Louis-James was also a panellist and speaker at the 'Mommy Tech' convention at CES.

Colin Tan
Founder & CEO of Rentlord, EIR at Dotforge Impact

Colin is the Founder & CEO of Rentlord, a 500 Startups, Seedcamp and TechCrunch Disrupt company. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence and investor at Dotforge Impact, which applies technology to social ventures. Colin was a scholar in critical theory and is a published poet. He is passionate about education and exploring the intersection between technology and the humanities. Colin has also been Tutor in Culture and Literary Criticism at St John's College, Cambridge University and has a special interest in humanities and the arts.

Coaches and Mentors

Helena Habdija
Community manager

Lifelong learner, entrepreneur, teacher, mentor, booklover and dreamer. I feel strongly about using entrepreneurial methods and tech for making a change, solving problems and doing good. I have an extensive experience working with diverse groups, including those as young and creative as first graders to those more systems oriented like IT founders. 

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

Vegard Jørmeland
Corporate Startup Guy // Innovation Catalyst at DNB

Vegard Jørmeland is part of the so-called Startup Weekend Generation - a group of young entrepreneurs and community leaders who started their careers at Startup Weekend!

By day he serves as Innovation Catalyst at one of Northern Europe's largest banks. By night he serves the community as organiser of events such as Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Circle, Startup Grind and others.

Vegard says "It is all about the people! To me Startup Weekend is not as much about building Startups as it is about building Entrepreneurs. At Startup Weekend we see people come back over and over again, and we see them grow into these ambitious, competent and truly amazing entrepreneurs. Who go on to do good for themselves, their companies and society as a whole. - And that gets me really excited!"

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.

Tomas Paulik
Founder and Software Architect, Shout App

Previously software development engineer at Microsoft, Tomas is also a public speaker, giving talks on business models and entrepreneurship. He is currently co-founder of a tech startup company focused on Smart Cities from consumers’ perspective. They are in an initial product development phase. We're so glad to have Tomas speaking to our participants on Saturday!

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.

Fraser Williams
Co-Founder at

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 ( and Checkit Proofreading ( 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). 

Kamrun Robinson
Director at InternshipGuru

Business Analyst, Student mentor, Digital Technology Consultant and Motivational Speaker, Kamrun joins us from London to mentor our teams. Kamrun has experience in building his own brand, InternshipGuru. InternshipGuru assists undergraduates and graduates in bridging the gap between university and employment by providing specialised international internship programmes, which equip students with the perfect mix of work experience, personal development and cultural experiences.

Israel Oba
Founder/CMO, Co-sign and Fan Definition Ltd

As well as being a multi-faceted performer, he has a working knowledge of video production and editing software, using this to his advantage at Startup Weekend Manchester! He has made two digital platforms. First, an interactive service for televised football matches. The second, a platform for campaigners to petition the government by video to create awareness and build support for social issues. Having co-founded 2 digital startups, Israel is Lancaster University's very own Startup Weekend alumnus. Having won Startup Weekend Lancaster in 2015, he's coming back to help our participants find the best methods of pitching and presenting yourself. 

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Vegard
  • Philipp
  • Azeez
  • Evelyn
  • Mustafa


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