Techstars Startup Weekend London Social Impact

    Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

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Techstars Startup Weekend London Social Impact

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Campus London
4-5 Bonhill Street
London, UK EC2A 4BX

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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!

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Friday September 14th

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, 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
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

Saturday September 15th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 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!

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 September 16th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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!

Event Judges

Aušrinė Keršanskaitė
Director of Operations

Former Director of Operations for YPlan, City Pantry & Dice.

Katie Lewis
Director at The Accelerator Network

Katie Lewis has been immersed in working with early stage high growth companies since establishing her first successful company at age 16 focused on advertising for the tourism sector. Coupling her hands on learning of building a business and her later experience of working with the management team of a private company preparing it for a prosperous trade sale led her to spending  4 years at an early stage Venture Capital (VC) firm in London.  In September 2014 Katie joined The Accelerator Network where she oversees the programme delivery of their 14 programmes supporting companies from idea to Series A investment. Each year she works with around 1000 companies across a variety of stages and sectors including IoT, Cyber Security, Immersive, FinTech, Media, B2B SaaS just to name a few. Alumni of The Accelerator Network's programmes have now raised more than £100m in equity investment.  Katie is also co-founder of an international network of entrepreneurs, 9others, where over 4,500 entrepreneurs from over 45 cities around the world have joined for a meal in a format she co-created to share the challenges they are facing when building their business and to aid each other by sharing from their learnings. The network has seen investments made, skills hired, partnerships created and friendships blossom! 

Max Kelly
VP of Strategy and Innovation at Techstars

Max is VP of Strategy and Innovation for Techstars globally. Prior to Techstars, Max spent 12 years at Virgin where he was responsible for the strategy of the group and for starting new companies
●        Virgin Insight - delivered big data solutions to all the Virgin companies
●        Virgin Mobile USA - grew to revenues of $1bn within 18 months
●        Virgin Mobile Canada - voted best Canadian network in its launch year
●        Virgin Healthbank - freezing stem cells cryogenically These companies exited for more than $500M for Richard Branson.
Alongside his Virgin commitments, Max also co-founded which was successfully sold in 2014.
He started his career at L’Oreal running the UK’s largest haircare brand – the irony was lost on no one. He was a scholar at Oxford University, where he obtained a First Class Degree in Chemistry.

Coaches and Mentors

Nihal Salah
Market Development Director

Nihal is the Business Development Director at an edtech startup where she raised £1.5 million in funding and went on to launch a cloud-based learning platform, achieving global user acquisition in 47 countries in less than a year.
Nihal has 12+ years’ experience in developing and launching businesses, products and projects in the UK and across MEA.
She has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Nokia, set up a women’s boxing business, worked with start-ups on developing growth strategies and managed development programmes for the NHS, House of Commons and the Royal Court of Bahrain.
Nihal has a background in market research and marketing strategy, holds an MBA, an Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice. She has a particular interest in the future of work and regularly facilitates online research for the Future of Work Consortium.
She is also passionate about inclusion and diversity and has worked with education institutions on developing programmes such as Women for the Board - aimed at increasing the number of women in board roles.
In her free time, Nihal enjoys extreme sports, olympic weightlifting and travel.

Simon Azzopardi
Head of Product

Simon is a start up enthusiast with a process driven approach to aggressive growth and strategic thinking. Simon is the Head of Product at Sherpa, an insurance company focused on the self employed having raised £3M in seed and is looking to make getting and keeping the right insurance simpler. With over 10 years experience working with startups across various industries, having organised and mentored at over 100 events, sits on various boards across Europe (startups/tech-focused associations/DTL) and has a strong soft spot for social impact businesses. Simon loves anything to do with the sea, food as well as anything that can be accompanied with wine.

Marko Srsan
Director at Techstars London

Program Director at Techstars London. 

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and spending an Erasmus semester abroad at ICHEC in Brussels, Marko obtained a Master's degree in Business at the University of Zagreb.Even though Marko is a founder of TimePrep, an iOS time management app for CFA candidates, he worked as a Business development manager and a blogger for Netokracija, leading the organisation of a few 400,500 people conferences and as an Organizer at the Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator.Eventually, he joined Techstars as an Associate in the London Winter 2014 program and became a Program Manager and successfully led Techstars London 2015, 2016 and 2017 cohorts before being promoted to a Director role.

Madeleine Blyth
Programme Manger - Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Madeleine is the Programme Manager of Techstars Barclays FinTech Accelerator. She has always worked with startups, mostly in Business Development and Marketing roles, in every sector from environmental technology to artificial intelligence. She was the editor of an online journal for social entrepreneurs and loves everything related to sustainable food.

Ju-Vern See
Year Here Fellow

Ju-Vern left the corporate world to join London's fast-paced tech scene, working as a finance and operations consultant for in a range of ventures from automated bookkeeping SaaS company at Receipt Bank to an enterprise software using AI to detect fraud at Ravelin. 

Over the last few years, she honed her skills across sales, support, product, finance, and just about anything required to grow a business. She is now a Year Here fellow and now plans to connect her experience with impact through social entrepreneurship,

Anna Gradil
COO at Yoola

COO at Yoola

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend London Social Impact 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 London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Ellie
  • Margaux
  • Lauren


Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin

Gene loves Startups! He is the Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator program for pre seed startups, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs.   He has also organised, helped or facilitated over 20 Startup Weekends! Previously he was a Co-Founder of Startup Ireland and Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank Of Ireland.

Event Staff

Victoria Mutran

Engenheira de Produção e apaixonada por empreendedorismo e educação. 

Alex Kennedy

One Collective is a network of creatives that complement each other's skills for the benefit of the individual as well as the whole

Helen Cleary
Community Assistant

Helen is a startup community enthusiast, currently supporting the Campus London community in Shoreditch. She regularly makes meaningful and valuable connections within her strong network.  

Helen joined the Campus London team in early 2017 as community assistant, supporting on everything from membership onboarding to Campus' many events and programmes. When not at Campus, you’ll find Helen at a gig or at the theatre.

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