London Student Startup Weekend

    Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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London Student Startup Weekend

Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Imperial College London

London, UK SW7 2AZ

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

P.S. Lunch and dinner will be provided over the weekend, alongside snacks and drinks to keep you all going during your startup frenzy!

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Friday February 20th

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

7:15 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 February 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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!

6:00 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 February 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 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

Grace Gould

Grace focuses on early stage investments at Index Ventures. Prior to joining Index, Grace was part of the Entrepreneur First 2013 cohort where she worked on media and healthcare startups.

Previously, she graduated from the Apple Store Leadership Programme where she spent a year managing the Regent Street Apple Store. Grace studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford.

Matt Clifford

Matt Clifford is the CEO and Co-Founder of EntrepreneurFirst, a company which helps the best technical individuals build startups in London.

Matt co-founded EF after being a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Prior to EF Matt spent his time studying at MIT fuelled by an obsession with R, Python and unusual datasets.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew is a co-founder of 9others - a global network of entrepreneurs solving the challenges of business. Matthew is also a co-founder of Student Upstarts - investing in student and graduate teams to start and run their own business.

Matthew was also responsible for YCLDN, at the time the largest meet-up in London, and the only one to persuade Y Combinator to come to London! Matthew has a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering from Durham University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Serge Vasylechko

Serge Vasylechko is a co-founder of BLOCKS WEARABLES LTD, a fast-growing startup from Imperial College London. It's focussed on revolutionising wearable technology, partnered with the world's leading technology companies.

Serge was previously president of the Imperial Entrepreneur society for 4 years running, as well as co-founding Imperial Create Lab.

Coaches and Mentors

Jess Williamson
Director, Techstars

Jess has been with Techstars since announcing the organization's first accelerator outside the US, and as a runaway Californian she's been living in the European tech community the past ten years. Adventures included two startups in Scotland, joining to run Springboard accelerator in Cambridge, and merging to become Techstars London in 2013. The past couple years have been focused on building up the fintech programme with Barclays in London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Cape Town, and she is now excited to be working across any new Techstars accelerators in the EMEA region. She is obsessed with blue and hence tweets from @jessinblue.

Stefano Tresca
Managing Partner iSeed / Level39 mentor

Programmer turned lawyer turned serial co-founder. Stefano has more than 15 years experience in startups, from apps to big corporations (mobile operator, internet provider, online bank, energy market). His love for the art of the start, together with his obsession for travelling, brought him to manage projects within 53 countries, including solar panels (China), organic food (Malaysia), fashion (Hong Kong and London), just to name a few.

Dario D'Aprile

Over the past decade Dario has worked for big corporations like National Geographic, News International and Adobe as well as early stage startups. His expertise lies in user experiences, having lead both design and product teams to invent new ways to develop and grow products.

Dario's browser, mobile and TV applications have been used by over 800 million worldwide. These led to Dario receiving many creative awards, including a W3 award and Grammy.

Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas is founder and CEO of Audiowings. Audiowings are developing an immersive audio platform to power smart headphones. Think Google Glass, for your ears!

Carl is also founder of Wearables London, London's most consistently active wearables event. Showcasing innovative concepts and technologies, Wearables London has become the go-to event for topical insight on the Wearables industry. 

Jade Read

Jade is programme director at Entrepreneur First, a company that helps the best technical individuals to build startups in London. She assists the startups with everything from making their first hire to raising a seed funding round. 

Previously, Jade was working in venture capital at Earlybird in Berlin and on the Entrepreneur First cohort in 2013. 

Dominic Falcao

Dominic joined Innovations in September 2014 to head Imperial Create Lab in stimulating and supporting undergraduate and postgraduate ventures at Imperial College.
Working with a student committee, the wider college and London’s broader technology venture ecosystem, Dominic runs a series of events and initiatives aimed at providing the maximum impetus to student projects developed by Imperial students and alumni. These include the now-renowned Venture Catalyst Challenge, with alumni who have raised £2 million in funding.
Dominic holds a BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York and has worked in London’s start-up scene as a business analyst, founded a social enterprise and freelanced as a consultant for charities and social enterprises across the UK prior to joining Innovations.
Prior to joining, Dominic covered over 10,000 miles as a first class long-haul limousine driver during the Mongol Rally.

Hutan Ashrafian

Hutan Ashrafian is a Clinical Lecturer in Surgery. His research objectives are to develop innovative and technological strategies to resolve the global healthcare burden of obesity, metabolic syndrome, obesity-related cardiorespiratory disease, musculoskeletal dysfunction and cancer.His work encompasses clinical and mechanistic studies of metabolic bariatric surgery, complex biostatistical models, networks and evidence synthesis to guide policy decisions, computational physiology and systems medicine, novel health technology assessment and diagnostic accuracy of biomarkers, robotics and artificial intelligence agents in healthcare, ancient history analytics, academic impact & leadership metrics and regenerative strategies including sports-based and bio-inspired bionic therapies.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The London Student Startup Weekend 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

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Zoheb Iqbal

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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