- Coaches and Mentors
- Organizing Team
Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 UK
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 UK
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 11:00 am
Entirely Virtual Online Event!
But we wish it was here...
Because Barton in the Beans may be the best place name ever.
Barton in the Beans,
Your idea in 54 hours!
Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details https://covid.startupweekend.org/
Friday April 24th
Saturday April 25th
Sunday April 26th
Rachel will be joining us for an Health focused 'Ask Me Anything' session on Saturday morning. She has a broad knowledge of the health environment in the UK and her experience could be invaluable to helping you assess the validity and plausibility of any health-related ideas your team is working on.
Emma co-founded, ran and sold music start-up Buddybounce, the music social loyalty platform that attracted the attention of artists, labels and brands. Clients included Cheryl Cole, Conor Maynard, O2 and Penguin Random House.
She is currently focused on her new venture, Mindful Team - a health check and agile retrospective platform that allows businesses and teams to implement, measure and track a continuous improvement culture.
Emma is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at the non-profit enterprise and entrepreneurship advocate, Capital Enterprise.
He works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business, and to develop high-quality content. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.
Martin has interviewed top technology executives onstage at some of the world’s biggest technology conferences like the Web Summit, SXSW, and LeWeb. He delivers engaging fireside chats and panel discussions, and is also in demand to MC whole events.
He also delivers workshops on emerging technology, helping individuals and businesses understand how new trends and products will change the way they live and work. He often appears on TV and radio, and has given insight into technology news stories on the likes of BBC Breakfast, Sky News, You & Yours, and Good Morning Wales.
Martin is based in Manchester, UK and works across the UK, Europe and beyond.
Experienced as a CIO, Chair and Director, she is creative and forward thinking in terms of strategic solutions, delivering complex, cross-organisation change. Nicola’s passion comes from being part of a clinical and engineering family, with lived experienced of healthcare; dedicated to social good.
A background in engineering, followed by a successful career enabling Local Government services to achieve meaningful improvements under the best value agenda, and then in Higher Education, where Nicola established and led the first business transformation services and corporate PMO in the HE sector, before moving to the NHS.
Prior to this Anu spent 5 years at the Angel CoFund, a £100m equity fund that made co-investments alongside business angels into high growth companies. Anu is an advocate for the representation of ethnic minorities in the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry.
She previously ran an award winning online beauty ecommerce startup and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham.
Coaches and Mentors
Naomi is a published author, speaker and panellist, a graduate of the Meridian programme by Common Purpose and the Socrates programme by the Aspen Institute. She co-founded Tech North Advocates which is part of Global Tech Advocates in 2016. In 2015 Naomi was part of the original Maserati 100 which was a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs – Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE).
She has experience working with startups and growth businesses particularly in tech, digital and creative sectors. She has mentored several hundred businesses.
Naomi is Chair of the University of Salford Business School Industry Advisory Board, sits on GMCA’s Innovation Board and is Chair of Digital Culture organisation Future Everything.
I bring a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of innovation-led collaborative events, hackathons, business support and strategy development, workshop design & facilitation, organisational culture change, training, coaching and mentoring.
A qualified and accomplished coach and facilitator, I am a firm believer in the importance of supporting people to find their calling and make the best of themselves. I founded VIATIC as a specialist innovation and change agency to work with others in creating meaningful and sustained change in their cities, companies, organisations or fields of interest. This is essentially all about the journey - working with people to understand their vision, help define the route and support them on their way.
Kirsty invests much of her time and energy outside of work to ensuring that opportunities are available to those minority groups and individuals who have been historically under-represented in and under-served by technology. She is particular interested by fresh and innovative startups.
✅Top 100 Change maker Awards 2020 - The Big Issue, 2020.
✅Top 50 "Most inspiring, prominent, and influential black voices in UK tech" - Tech Nation, 2019.
They help brands and organisations with content strategy, tone of voice, creative content (copy, video and social) and training.
Previously, Christine was the Content and Style Trainer for the Government Digital Service, GOV.uk and trained over 2,500 content designers, government departments and arms-length agencies how to write in the GOV.uk style.
Talk to Christine about how to convey your unique value proposition simply and effectively for a strong pitch and to help the judges understand what you're all about.
More recently he has been involved in the design and development of sustainability strategies for entertainment events, as a board member of a local2global sustainability network (NELIS - Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) and he is currently working on his new music project. Lucas has a formal disciplinary background in Music, Political Science, and Holistic Science (member of the Schumacher College network).
Experienced in collaborating with multiple and diverse European partners, universities, research centres, local authorities and social labs.
Before that he spent 3 years in senior product roles at Deliveroo, and prior to this he worked on product at Intuit and Transferwise.
Graham is a writer at Product Dogs, a blog on how to build better products.
He is a trained economist balancing data and narrative with expertise in finance, operations, nonprofit fundraising, leadership coaching and community building. On the side, he invests in empowering entrepreneurs, changemakers and creatives, and has coached over a hundred entrepreneurs globally.
A reputation for making the hard decisions, delivering outcomes that maximise the success of growing businesses. Experienced working with a range of diverse competing stakeholders including Corporate Partners, VC investors, senior NEDs, and highly-experienced technical founders.
With a passion for transformative technologies, and a pioneer of SaaS and Smart Home, having co-founded, developed and then successfully exited cutting-edge UK-based VC-backed B2C and B2B businesses. Through ‘The Business of Meaning’ podcast, he now shines a light on exciting purpose-driven businesses that are pursuing meaning as well as profits.
He now helps organisations innovate, fundraise, build winning strategies and create deeper connections with their customers through his consulting practice.
As the Regional Director Central- Northern and Eastern Europe for Intel Capital, I’m honored to lead a team of deal making professionals who hunt for innovations in technology that shape the way we work, live and drive.
I believe that advocating for diversity and opportunity isn’t just the right thing to do. Making sure everyone has a voice and an opportunity is great for innovation.
Amandine is an active Venture Scout for the London-based fund - Backed VC. She also dedicates some of her time to mentor early-stage startups through accelerators & programmes and volunteers with diversity initiatives.
He currently focuses on collaborating on delivering solutions in areas from waste and circular impact, climate change and smart cities. With AtWorks, he is working to develop startup ecosystems for climate impact and circular impact ventures in India and South Asia, collaborating with organizations from Climate-KIC to create a climate impact venture ecosystem in South Asia, and The Incubation Network supported by Circulate Initiative, which aims to create an effective venture and innovation ecosystem to tackle plastic waste and ocean plastic pollution. Shravan works closely with Sofies on several assignments related to plastic and e-waste.
AtWorks' infrastructure stack has been recognised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Circular Economy Solution for India. Shravan has also been recognized with a National Award on Smart City Solutions as part of the Government of India's Smart City Mission.
I started with an interest in sound whilst at school, buying sound equipment whilst working in a music shop. My first rental was to The Walker Brothers who rented a mixing desk I had just bought. Over the next thirty-five years I worked as a freelance sound engineer for a wide selection of artists, from Lulu to Blue, Radiohead to The Stereophonics.
I started working as the sound engineer for The Prodigy in 2004 and did countless festivals, and tours, in the proceeding fifteen years. Most recently I have worked with Biffy Clyro and Gabrielle.
During this period, I have also started and help set up and run several Chocolate shops with my wife, Rachell, in Sheffield, Scarborough and York. I am also a partner in a multi-studio recording complex in Sheffield, The Laundry Rooms. This was established in 2009 and is a vibrant musical hub currently home to a wide selection of engineers, musicians and producers.In 2018 I lectured on ‘Entrepreneurship and Business studies’ at the University of York.
In 2019 I joined the University of Derby and currently lecture on Entertainment Engineering on the BSc and Msc degree courses.My interests include music, art and all things sound!
Dentist & entrepreneur
With over 11 years of design experience, I've been involved in all types of projects. Lately I've been working on B2B and SaaS web and mobile apps and managing digital products as a User Experience designer and creative team lead.
I'm passionate about sharing my experience and organising community events. I've started numerous user groups and hosted countless meetups. Since I moved to London I've been hosting Indie Club events - for self-employed, freelancers, business owners and people looking to go full remote in their career.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 UK team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Chris enjoys applying lean startup and agile principles in software development and in business. He loves visualising information and processes, especially using Lego!
She is the founder of Bright Box Makerpace in Sheffield, where she creates an environment where kids can imagine, create and play. Bright Box makes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities accessible to socially excluded kids. They provide all the tools and materials children need to build whatever their imagination can dream up in hopes of growing their confidence and changing their perspective of what they are capable of.
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