Startup Weekend Health London

    Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Health London

Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018

Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018
Event starts at 7:00 pm

St Thomas's Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd
London, UK SE1 7EH

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Innovate Healthcare

Startup Weekend Health London is the first Startup Weekend dedicated exclusively to Health in the UK.  We are all patients and friends and family of patients and we all have ideas on how to improve the healthcare system in the UK. We want you to bring your ideas for helping patients, caregivers and the NHS provide better, more efficient care. Even if you don't have an idea, come work with others who do to build what could be the next great solution for the NHS. 

Lets build the future of Healthcare !
  • Do you seek knowledge and other like-minded people interested in the Healthcare system?
  • Are a medical professional with a new idea who wants to develop it and help its patients? 
  • Are you a business professional interested in the new Medtech revolution? 
  • Are a developer or a UX specialist who wants to make a difference?   
  • Do you want to get hands on and learn by doing about business design, marketing research and developing a prototype?
  • Do you want to get mentoring from insiders, clinical specialists, technological geniuses and business gurus?
  • Do you want to start building your future and help change the world in just 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 April 13th

7:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 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

11:00 pm
Everyone out ! Go sleep, because this weekend is a marathon.

Saturday April 14th

8:30 am
Breakfast and Yoga
While having breakfast & coffee, let's start the day on the right foot.

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

1:00 pm
Give some sugar to your neurons.

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!

7:00 pm
You are going to need to refuel after this intense afternoon !

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You need your beauty sleep !

Sunday April 15th

8:30 am
Croissants and a lot of coffee !

10:00 am
Coach meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions to our coaches.

12:30 pm
Lunch break, or eating in front of your computer... You decide !

1:00 pm
Last chance for 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
A little bit of carbs before the stress of the presentations...

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Let's see your magic onstage !

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Three teams will be awarded by our team of esteemed judges.

8:30 pm
Cocktail and networking
The pressure is off ! Enjoy a glass of bubbles, talk to the other teams, mingle and celebrate !

Event Judges

Andrew Shennan
Pr Andrew Shennan, OBE MBBS MD FRCOG

Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital,  Andrew is Director of the Clinical Trials Unit in the Women’s Academic Health Centre, and is also Deputy Director of Research and Development for Guys and St. Thomas NHS Trust.  He sits on the Academic and Research Committees of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and is the National Chair of the NIHR Reproductive Health and Childbirth Specialty Group in the UK.  He specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care. His research interests include interventions to predict and prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, encourage normal birth and the use of blood pressure monitoring. In terms of recognition, he has been awarded an OBE for services to Maternity Care in 2018 New Year's Honours and has received the prestigious Newton prize for his CRADLE project in 2017

Varun Atre
Engagement Manager at McKinsey

Engagement Manager at McKinsey, Varun has a natural skill for dissecting and understanding complex systems. As complicated as your startup idea can be, Varun will be able to help you refine it and transform your coal of an idea into a diamond !

Kaye Wilson
Clinical Quality & Safety Manager - Maternity Specialist

Kaye Wilson, PG Dip, BA, RM, RGN: Clinical Quality & Safety Maternity Specialist - NEL Commissioning Support Unit.

Kaye is a registered nurse and midwife who has worked in the clinical governance arena both locally and regionally since 2012. Her key interest is in improving patient safety through sharing learning and developing robust systems and processes. Previously clinical governance lead for Women's Services at GSTT, in her current role she provides specialist quality & safety maternity support and advice to CCGs and NHS Trusts

Peter Sorensen
Principal Enterprise Solutions Consultant at OpenText

Peter is a Principal Solutions Consultant at OpenText. He helps organisations to better understand how to manage and extract value from information in ways that are efficient, productive, intuitive, secure and compliant as part of their digital transformation. He is enthusiastic about technology in the Healthcare ecosystem.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Charlie Bilsland
Founder @ PoweringSpace

Charlie is the Founder of Powering Space, and is passionate about driving entrepreneurship and innovation in the space sector.  He spent two years at IBMiX as a strategist, founded and ran Adventure Goat – an adventure travel marketplace – and worked with Fortune 500 clients on driving their innovation agenda at Rocketspace. His current challenge is creating an ecosystem for innovation in the space sector, and he is wildly excited by the potential of in-space manufacturing.

Anatole Menon-Johansson

Dr Anatole Menon-Johansson, MD MSc PhD
Dr Menon-Johansson is the clinical director of the young person's charity Brooks, the founder and director of the startup SXT, an award winning app that provides 'sexual health information in under a minute' and identifies local providers of sexual and reproductive health services. He is the clinical Lead for the Sexual Health service and lead of integrated services at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. 

Yinka Williams
Director of Information Governance and Management at Guy's and St Thomas'​ NHS Foundation Trust

Yinka Williams, BA, MA, LLM
Yinka is a communications and information governance and management specialist. She is a committed, hard‐working and loyal team player, with emotional intelligence and business savvy to successfully navigate highly politicised environments. She is employed since 2007 as a Health Records Development Manager, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Alistair Murray
Pharmacist and Clinical Director at

Alistair is the clinical lead at

Hammad Khan
Consultant neonatologist

Hammad khan is a consultant neonatologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’. He has developed a number of clinical smartphone apps and has an interest in innovation and the application of smart solutions to clinical problems.

Dan Kendall
Managing Editor of Digital Health Today, Founder SanGen Group.

Dan is the managing Editor of Digital Health Today and founder SanGen Group. He is passionate about design, health and technology.

Marco Strillozzi
Founder at Strillobyte

Marco has 20+ years of experience in the software industry, ranging from mobile and web apps to industrial automation & Internet of Things platforms. 
In 2014 he started Strillobyte, a tech consultancy that helps companies quickly prototype digital products and automate internal processes to improve efficiency.
Marco's main focus is on using technology to support purpose-driven ventures, with particular interest in helping social enterprises and non-profit organisations.
He was nominated one of the Top 50 Business Advisers 2018 by Enterprise Nation, and is currently the Website Coordinator for TEDxLondon

Laura Paplauskaite
Founding Partner/Digital Strategist

Laura is a Founding Partner and Digital Strategist at Bit Zesty, a digital transformation consultancy.Bit Zesty creates innovative digital products and experiences for corporations, nonprofit and startup organisations. They are a multi-disciplinary team of user experience designers, developers and lean and agile specialists.

Matthew Ford
CTO & Co-Founder of Bit Zesty

Matt is CTO and Co-Founder of Bit Zesty, a digital transformation agency. From websites to apps and bespoke software, they create digital products that bring thier client ideas to life, delight their users and help them achieve their goals.They work with organisations ranging from start-ups and charities to global corporations and government bodies. 

Aline Noizet
Health Innovation Strategist

Aline serves as global digital health manager at G4A, Bayer digital health and innovation program. She was previously Business Development Director Europe for Health 2.0, scouting innovative solutions with potential to impact the healthcare system and connecting the dots with the rest of the ecosystem. She was also a partner of eHealth Hub, an EU project, through which she supported European SMEs to get traction, increase their visibility and facilitate matchmaking with relevant stakeholders. 

George Cherry
Product Manager at Echo

Studied undergraduate MBBS and MRes at Newcastle University then staying up North to complete the Foundation Programme
Now junior doctor turned product manager and currently responsible for internal tools at Echo

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Health London 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 London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Anna Jagric

Anna Jagric is a Director at BetterSpace, an intelligent platform enabling people to quickly find the right strategy to improve their mental health, and the Founder of Events for Action, an organisation that creates, facilitates and produces transformative events.

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Adrien Fabre
Community Leader

Adrien is an events specialist. He has been active in social innovation, food sustainability and entrepreneurial education sectors for several years, attending hundreds of events and creating several of his own. Involved in the global community MakeSense, he helps social enterprises to tackle their challenges using design thinking methodologies. Adrien is now focusing on creating a social innovation lab that cultivates social impact leadership. 

Charlie Bilsland
Founder @ PoweringSpace

Charlie is the Founder of Powering Space, and is passionate about driving entrepreneurship and innovation in the space sector.  He spent two years at IBMiX as a strategist, founded and ran Adventure Goat – an adventure travel marketplace – and worked with Fortune 500 clients on driving their innovation agenda at Rocketspace. His current challenge is creating an ecosystem for innovation in the space sector, and he is wildly excited by the potential of in-space manufacturing.

Amalia Agathou
Fashion/Tech, Strategy and Innovation Consultant, SW mentor & organiser

Amalia Agathou has more than 12 years of experience in the European startup ecosystem and the creative industries as an entrepreneur and innovation consultant.

A firm believer in innovation fuelled by cross-border and and cross-industry collaboration, Amalia has designed and worked on numerous international projects that merge various industries with the world of startups, like EDF Energy's Pulse Awards, Global Fashion Battle and CFE's Fashiontech accelerator.

An Information & Communication Systems Engineering and Fine Arts graduate, Amalia has co-founded, worked for Conde Nast, London College of Fashion, The Next Web, Studio XO and more. Most recently she helped set up and led as Head of Innovation, Havas UK innovation hub, Havas X, that looks 18 months ahead of the curve at emerging trends across media, tech, culture and data science.

 Agathou is an active mentor and advisor at several entrepreneurial communities and accelerator programs like London Fashion Fund, Blooming Founders, NEF and Techstars.

Rufus Cartwright

Rufus is a clinician and a researcher. He is a Gynaecologist specialised in Urogynae with PhD. His involvement in Science is like no one else and he has presented his research all over the world in renown conferences.

Amina Hassanaly
IT consultant

Coming from a multicultural background from Madagascar, Amina works in the space of technology consulting at Reply. She has previously participated to startup weekends (ie. Startup Weekend 2015, Startup Weekend Madtech 2016) where she developed a passion for digital healthcare, problem solving and innovative ideas.

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