Startup Weekend London

    Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend London

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015



Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

WeWork Southbank
22 Upper Ground
London, UK SE1 9PD

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Startup Weekend London is coming to WeWork Southbank!

No Talk! All Action!

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2013. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 600 cities around the world. People around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 

Are you ready for Startup Weekend at WeWork?

Spend 54-hours coming together with developers, designers and non techs, to create functional companies from scratch. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of investors and industry titans from across banking, insurance and payments. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to over ten industry experts and mentors to help you bring your ideas to life. All of this will be taking place in the beautiful co-working space of WeWork in Southbank, with views to inspire your creativity and with unlimited coffee, tea and beer on tap (yes, on tap)!

 


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 6th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 March 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 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 March 8th


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


2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Tak Lo
Director at Techstars

Tak Lo is a Director at Techstars. Previously, he spent over 5 years in the London and NYC startup communities, having founded and mentored several startups on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s had an entrepreneurial career – a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, an investment banker at Nomura, and an US Army veteran. Tak did some studying a long time ago at London Business School and the University of Chicago. His writes regularly at taklo.co


Angela Bradbury
UK Country Manager at Homejoy

Angela Bradbury is UK GM of Homejoy, the online platform for home services starting with cleaning.  As well as launching and growing the business in London, she's worked on several global projects across Customer Service, Marketing and Product.  Having received a rigorous analytical training through consulting with McKinsey and studying science at Cambridge, she usually seeks to put a number behind a statement or decision.  Angela has always had a strong interest in business development and start up companies, and currently advises several early-stage teams.


Omid Ashtari
General Manager at Citymapper

Omid Ashtari is Citymapper's General Manager and is responsible for getting things done. Before joining Citymapper, Omid was heading up foursquare Europe as Managing Director and was focused on growing the international user base and revenues. Before that he spent 7 years with Google in Dublin, London and San Francisco. During his Google tenure he held multiple positions in sales and business development. Omid holds a bachelor's degree in European Business Administration from Cologne Business School in Germany and graduated with Honors.


Yoav Farbey
Managing Director for The Startup Magazine

Yoav began The Startup Magazine as a personal blog after running his first startup at Bristol University. Before taking on The Startup Magazine full time he was a Data Analyst at Hailo and a Product Manager at Ostmodern Digital. 
As part of continuing business growth, Yoav and the team behind The Startup Magazine will be launching their first premium publication, for Mobile and Tablet devices.


Julien Deslangles-Blanch
Director of General Assembly (GA), London

As the Director of General Assembly (GA) in London, Julien runs all of their operations in the UK. With a background in corporate consulting and diplomacy, Julien also has experience in the nonprofit and academic sectors. Global nomad at heart, he has worked all across Asia and studied in the US, China & Canada. A tech aficionado, lifelong expat and Lego enthusiast, Julien claims to be able to order food in seven different languages... albeit with varying degrees of success and a noticeable French accent. 


Coaches and Mentors


Ricardo Sequerra
Investment and Growth Lead, Faber Ventures

Ricardo has been involved in early-stage company building since his move to London. First at Seedcamp, helping source and nurture the best european entrepreneurs, then at Seedrs building out their outreach and brand towards the ecosystem while helping businesses successfully raise from the crowds. Now at Faber Ventures leading up their Investment and Growth, Ricardo is down to do business with entrepreneurs across all stages of early-stage startups; from idea, to concept, to market to scale.


David McDougall
Consultant at Alliants

David McDougall is currently a consultant with Alliants, where he works with companies big and small to innovate and to improve their digital strategy and execution. He also advises early-stage startups in markets including fintech, mobile e-commerce, beauty/fashion, and two-sided marketplaces. He is a frequent organiser and mentor at Startup Weekend and at various accelerators & hackathons in London and beyond, where he teaches teams how to build something people want.


Matt Webb
Co-founder of Berg

Matt Webb is an expert in design, technology and business strategy; connected products and how to make them. He is a regular event speaker (Sydney, Osaka, Miami) and big supporter of hardware startups and London's startup ecosystem.

Co-founder of Berg which designed, built, and manufactured one of the world's first consumer Internet of Things devices. Fast Company placed Berg as one of the world's 50 most innovative companies. Matt was named by Wired as one of the UK's top 100 digital power-brokers. 


Guzmán Díaz
Associate, Index Ventures

Guzmán has been operationally involved in various startup companies around the world. His background includes roles in finance at Social Point in Barcelona and at Hailo in London, where he worked in financial planning and analysis assisting senior management with their decision making, and in marketing at Vingle in Seoul, where he helped with their content and online marketing strategy overseas. Currently he is an Associate at Index Ventures where he sources growth stage investment opportunities across various industries.


Benjamin Southworth
co-founder of 3 beards

Benjamin Southworth is the co-founder of 3 beards, was former deputy CEO of Tech City, and helps startups of all sizes grow, scale, connect and communicate via marketing, communication, creativity and raw emotional passion. 



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

• 9 year experience in the European startup ecosystem
• 7 years experience in the fashion/tech landscape and the media industry
• proven leadership capabilities in building communities, teams, strategizing, and implementing workable marketing plans in the physical and digital world.
• digital visionary with ability to find innovative and creative solutions and design projects that merge various industries with technology


Linus Dahg
Early Stage VC at Wellington Partners

Linus joined Wellington Partners in 2014 with the Digital Media and Software team. His primary role is identifying investment opportunities and building relationships with the great entrepreneurs behind these companies. Prior to joining Wellington, Linus was an Investment manager at Almi Invest in Stockholm, Sweden. At Almi, Linus focused on early-stage companies and led Almi's investment in 5 startups and managed 3 additional portfolio companies. Linus spent 2.5 years at Almi before joining Wellington Partners in London. He also served as a board member or observer for 5 of Almi Invest’s portfolio companies. In addition to building a career in Venture Capital, Linus also founded TF Strategies, a Stockholm based consulting firm focusing on trend intelligence, market and external environment analysis, strategic direction, deal sourcing, screening and business analysis. 


Alex O'Byrne
Director and Co-founder, We Make Websites

Alex is a founder at We Make Websites, the top ranked Shopify Experts in the UK. He speaks regularly on the topic of marketing and e-commerce. WeMakeWebsites build beautiful and effective online stores for creative retail companies and produce weekly advice for their mailing list of 8,000 retailers.


Michael Wawra

Michael is a developer and an evangelist. He is currently working on new products by day, and helping people grow the user base of their APIs by night. He has worked for big enterprises like Reuters and Dow Jones, as well as startups such as Twilio where he learned the arts of developer relations and evangelism. Now that he longer wears a company t-shirt and hoodie, he usually wears a tie.


Leonidas Tsementzis

Leonidas has over ten years experience in software and product development, specialising in full stack development, scalable infrastructures and lean development practices. He has founded two startups and is an advisor to others.
Leo has a strong engineering background, he works closely with early stage startups on all their technology oriented needs. He’s an open source advocate and frequent speaker at tech events on infrastructure, scalability, performance and lean development.


Itxaso del Palacio
Investment Director at Lepepartners

Itxaso del Palacio is Investment Director at Lepe Partners. She is responsible for building the portfolio of Lepe Capital, an active growth stage investment firm. Before Lepe, Itxaso worked at early stage investor EC1 Capital, responsible for deal flow across sectors. Since 2009, Itxaso taught Entrepreneurial Finance at UCL and Imperial College. During this time, she has mentored and helped many entrepreneurs in London building up their startups. Itxaso is also a Kauffman Fellow, connected to the global network of fellow investors. She has two engineering degrees and holds a PhD in Industrial Organization. 


Jinesh Chauhan
Sales Engineer, PayPal

Jinesh is a Sales Engineer working at Paypal. He has a deep understand of mobile development, marketing and user experience. Jinesh also has prolonged experience in project and technical consultancy.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend 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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Xavi
    Fuentes
  • Maria
    Tsitsopoulos
  • Zoheb
    Iqbal
  • Alejandro
    Saucedo
  • Deborah
    Rippol

Facilitators


Zoheb Iqbal
Facilitator

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.


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