Startup Weekend Leeds 2018

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Leeds 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018



Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Wizu Workspace
The Leeming Building
Vicar Lane
Leeds, UK LS27JF

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Startup Weekend comes back to LEEDS. Pitch ideas, build a team and launch your dream product in only 54 hours! No talk, ALL ACTION!

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, CEOs and investors, 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 from our coaches, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

TechStars Startup Weekend Leeds 2018 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 (i.e. free domain and $300 for the Google Cloud Platform)
  • 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 “leeds@startupweekend.org”.

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 1st


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:20 pm
Welcome
Introduction to the event, speakers, mentors, coaches and community leaders.


6:35 pm
Speaker
Tom Almas (Founder and Managing Director of Wizu) delivers a talk about entrepreneurship.


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


10:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap-up for the day. You may stay for as long as the venue allows

Saturday June 2nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Speaker
Daniel Burton (Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager @ NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator) delivers a talk about innovation


10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


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 June 3rd


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. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!


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


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:00 pm
Wrap-Up



Speakers


Tom Almas
Co Founder and MD of Wizu Workspace

Tom is the Co Founder and MD of Wizu Workspace. Wizu are a leading provider of uniquely designed co - working and office space in Central Leeds. Wizu was established in 2015 with the aim of becoming the independent workspace brand of choice for SME’s.  Wizu aims to have 10 centres over the next 5 years in the North of England.   Before this Tom was the Head of Commercial for a property company where he secured deals with major clients such as Costa, Fujitsu and Handelsbanken.   


Daniel Burton
Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager, NatWest Business Accelerator

Dan Burton is a Scale Up Coach at the Leeds NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator. The Accelerator supports entrepreneurs who want to grow and scale their businesses by providing a structured programme, and surrounding entrepreneurs with insight, coaching and the right people to take businesses much further, much faster.


Event Judges


Colin Glass
Partner @ WGN

Colin is a Chartered Accountant with his own practice, Winburn Glass Norfolk (WGN)
which he started, with two partners, in 1975. He is, or has been, a Non-executive
Director of several companies, some of which are quoted on AIM and which came
out of the WGN portfolio. He has always been passionately interested in helping
small businesses, including start-ups, develop to their full potential.
He was a Non-executive Director of Partnership Investment Finance (PIF), a fund set
up, to support SMEs and social enterprises in the areas of Yorkshire and The Humber.
He acts as a mentor to early stage SMEs with high-growth potential. Through his
deep interest in and experience with SMEs, he was awarded the Star in Practice
Award in 2006 from the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants and also
was awarded Business Adviser of the Year in 2007 and Non-executiveDirector of the
year in 2008 both by the Institute of Directors Yorkshire and Humber. In January
2011 he was awarded Non-executive Director of the Year in the Quoted Company
Awards for his work with AIM-quoted SMEs.
In 2014, he joined the Board of Harehills CIC, trading as Shine, as a non-executive
director and was subsequently appointed Chairman.
In 2016 he was included in the Maserati 100, which was established to recognise
those who are helping to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs in
the country. Also, he was chosen, out of 10,000 applicants, to be one of 12
professionals to act as judges in the Virgin Media VOOM 2016 competition for
start-ups and growing businesses.
In July 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration at
Leeds Beckett University, for the part he, and WGN, have played in establishing
many businesses in the Yorkshire Region.
Due to his involvement with SMEs over many years, in 2014 Colin was appointed a
Non-Executive Director at the British Business Bank, a government-owned
development bank under the ownership of the Department of Business, Energy &
Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Colin had the honour of being awarded an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s New Year
Honour’s list, for services to business start-ups and entrepreneurship.


Natasha Babar-Evans
Regional Entrepreneur Director – North Region NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

Natasha manages three entrepreneur accelerators in the North of England supporting entrepreneurs to start, scale and succeed through our coaching, community and network.  The NatWest accelerators across the UK have supported nearly 4000 entrepreneurs, created over 8000 jobs and raised nearly £255 million investment. She is proud of the 87% business survival rate of the businesses that come through the NatWest programme. This role has enabled Natasha to build on and put into practice her years of commercial banking, legal and MBA skills to support the growth of businesses in the North.  In her little spare time (she is a full-time working mother of two!), Natasha plays football and enjoys boxing and Crossfit.


Stuart Clarke
Director, Leeds Digital Festival

Stuart Clarke is the co-founder of a successful marketing consultancy, working with firms in the professional services, financial and arts sectors. He is the co-founder and the Festival Director of the Leeds Digital Festival; in 2018, the Festival had 170 events and 20,000 attendees, with more tech events in Leeds than in San Francisco. He is also a non-executive director and adviser to a number of startups, including JigTalk, Synap and Signin. His corporate career saw him running marketing and corporate relationships departments for the likes of Alliance & Leicester, first direct and TD Bank of Canada.



Coaches and Mentors


Mark Taylor
Business Advisor



John Munn
Founder of Global Digital Week, Managing Director of Relic Brewery Ltd.

A recent graduate of the University of Leeds, John wasted no time in engaging with enterprise, establishing Relic Brewery - the first in the world to specialise in the revival of ancient alcoholic beverages - while still a student. An Enterprise Scholar, university guest lecturer, and experienced business-person, John has supported over 250 young entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, receiving numerous accolades for mentoring and his contribution to the university community in the process. Combining his passion for business and philanthropic ambitions, John founded Global Digital Week. The initiative recognises the lack of tech and digital skills in an ever-changing world and aims to introduce young people to new aspects of technology and the future opportunities these imply in interactive and interesting ways. With a mission to significantly improve education and access to opportunities globally and expected attendance of over 10,000 across 5 countries this year, Global Digital Week is already providing much-needed knowledge and digital skills at some of the worlds' most prestigious universities.


Vivien Badaut
CEO & lead consultant

PhD in Chemistry from the French Nuclear Agency (2010), Vivien has worked as a research scientist in Germany, France and Japan. Back in France in 2012, he set up as an freelance consultant to help start-ups with R&D grants applications. In 2013, he moves to UK and launches DRIAD in 2014. The company has helped over 100 start-ups and SMEs accessing over £20m in grant funding.


Sean McGibney
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Sean is Co-Founder of The Chairman’s Bao [TCB], the most comprehensive online news-based graded reader for students of Chinese. Since its launch in 2014, TCB has grown to a global user base of over 60,000 and is used in over 150 of the world’s most prestigious Chinese teaching schools and universities.


Daniel Burton
Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager, NatWest Business Accelerator

Dan Burton is a Scale Up Coach at the Leeds NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator. The Accelerator supports entrepreneurs who want to grow and scale their businesses by providing a structured programme, and surrounding entrepreneurs with insight, coaching and the right people to take businesses much further, much faster.



Sonya Kumar
Public Speaking Trainer / Associate Accounts Manager

Sonya has delivered inspiring and powerful presentations to over 5000 people across Yorkshire and currently trains employees of  the UK's largest Social Integration Charity to do the same. As a public speaking coach, Sonya is passionate about developing confidence and public speaking ability in individuals and her genuine attitude gets results. In 2017 her presentations inspired over 700 students from one area to make a difference to their communities. Having built successful relationships with an array of networks, she is currently involved in projects promoting social change and social cohesion and as a key member of The Challenge, she strives towards giving people the opportunity to build skills for work and life. She also loves good food and a good book!


James Gupta
Founder & CEO of Synap

Dr. James Gupta, is the Founder & CEO of Synap - an intelligent online learning platform that uses memory science to help people learn more in less time.

James has extensive experience working on software projects, having previously worked as CTO of JumpIn, a student taxi sharing app, and developing a number of websites and apps for organisations.

Synap now delivers online training for a number of high profile clients including the Medical Defense Union, Daimler and NHS England, and this year received a number of prestigious awards including Northern Stars, Leeds Startup of the Year and being named as one of Prolific North’s ‘30 Tech Companies to Watch’. 

James is able to offer advice on business planning, raising investment, technical development and strategy.


Tom Almas
Co Founder and MD of Wizu Workspace

Tom is the Co Founder and MD of Wizu Workspace. Wizu are a leading provider of uniquely designed co - working and office space in Central Leeds. Wizu was established in 2015 with the aim of becoming the independent workspace brand of choice for SME’s.  Wizu aims to have 10 centres over the next 5 years in the North of England.   Before this Tom was the Head of Commercial for a property company where he secured deals with major clients such as Costa, Fujitsu and Handelsbanken.   


Sam Ducker
Managing Director @ Lucky Duck

Sam Ducker is a product strategist, designer and entrepreneur who helps his clients bring their ideas to life.  Day to day Sam is found running Lucky Duck who are a digital agency focused on web and mobile projects for startups and leaders. The sorts of projects the team are most passionate about involve great ideas, innovative execution and working with inspirational people.


Matthew Walker
Founder of Precarious Drinking Game

Matthew is a Leeds based entrepreneur and Infrastructure Delivery Manager at IBM. Matthew created the Precarious Drinking Game - the best selling drinking game on Amazon UK.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Leeds 2018 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 Leeds is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ashton
    Wesley
  • Taras
    Lanchev
  • Raneem
    Zaidan
  • Mark
    Taylor
  • Eva
    Piperevska

Facilitators


Eva Piperevska
Marketing exec

Gemini | Traveler | Community person |  Dog Owner
Snapchat: itsnaloria.

Part of the marketing team at ICON Malta. Traveler, Freelance marketer, Dog owner. Helps startups start promoting their businesses. Specialised in marketing for e-commerce businesses and PPC advertising. Social Media Addict. Snapchatter. Co-founder of Startup Macedonia. Have one failed startup and lots of lessons learned. 


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