Startup Weekend London Youth Edition

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend London Youth Edition

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

City of Westminster College
Paddington Green
London, UK W2 1NB

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Startup Weekend London Youth Edition

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming lan-
guage, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of partici-
pants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-
on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

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Friday November 14th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:15 pm
Icebreakers and Food
Share ideas, meet new people, and eat food.

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:30 pm
Pitches Prep

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
(Optional) Line up to give your pitch

7:15 pm
Attendees vote for top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Saturday November 15th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:15 am
Game and introduction to the day

10:30 am
Begin work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the day

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports and introduce coaches

1:45 pm
Continue Work
Crack on!

2:00 pm
Mentors Arrive

4:00 pm
Afternoon check-in, status reports, call for help.

5:00 pm

Sunday November 16th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:15 am
Game and introduction to the day

10:30 am
Continue Work
Crack on!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Tech Checks & Practice Pitches
Final hours of work should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech check for final presentations also takes place.

2:30 pm
Final presentations

3:30 pm
Judging & Awards

4:00 pm
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Rhiannon Colvin

After graduating two years ago and finding herself competing against others for unpaid internships, volunteer placements and jobs she could do before university, Rhiannon decided to take matters into her own hands and find a way to create more fulfilling and sustainable work. After researching the new ways of working and living emerging out of the youth unemployment crisis in Portugal and Spain, Rhiannon was inspired by co-operatives and returned to the UK set up AltGen an organisation that supports 18-29 year olds to set up workers co-operatives as an empowering and collaborative solution to youth unemployment.

Oscar Mackenzie
Account Executive at Livity

Since June 2010, somewhereto_ has unlocked over 380,000 sq ft of space (both physical and digital) across the UK which was previously empty or underused (the rent value of which if leveraged would exceed £2m). We have also negotiated over 4,000 direct matches between spaces and young people in need of space, engaged with thousands of young people and reached millions through high-profile activity around space.

Event Judges

Chistian Tilleray

Christian Tilleray is Deputy Chief Executive at Vital Regeneration, an award winning charity tackling disadvantage through creative learning, social enterprise, employability and community services.

Gloria Dada

Working in education for the last 10 years, Gloria has consistently advocated the power of education in helping young people to transform their futures. Gloria is the co-founder of the Diverse Leaders Network, whose mission is to increase diversity in leadership and promote fair access to the professions by delivering a comprehensive leadership and careers programme to less-privileged pupils.

Ehon Chan
Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE), and Community & Outreach, MaGIC

Entrepreneur in Residence for Impact Hub UK, former co-founder of Impact Hub Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide.Ehon Chan has been known as a social entrepreneur, innovator, and one of the “world’s most inspiring young achiever and innovator under 30” (Sandbox Network).He has passion for entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to social change that is both equitable and sustainable. His work has focused on harnessing the social impact of digital technology and new media for the greater good.

Ehon also has extensive experience working with the government, corporate and social sector as a consultant, educator, and advisor on projects related to engagement, community development, digital technology, new media and campaigning. Most recently, Ehon joined Impact Hub UK as their Entrepreneur in Residence, focused on catalysing growth and efficiencies across Impact Hubs Islington, Westminster, Brixton and Birmingham.

Williams Ackon

Williams works for Vital Regeneration, an award winning charity tackling disadvantage through creative learning, social enterprise, employability and community services.He is also the Co-Founder of radio station and entertainment platform Radio King Online based in South London.

Coaches and Mentors

Bethany Wrede

Bethany is the founder of The Rocket Factory, an by-invitation events organisation that connects gamechangers in the creative, tech and academic sectors. The Rocket Factory produces bespoke creative hacks and innovative salons.

Mark Spokes

Dr. Mark Spokes is the co-Founder and Chief Flourishing Officer (CFO) of Akasha Innovation and responsible for thinking about ways for us to flourish along with people and planet. He is also the current interim Academic Director of Syracuse University London and was previously the Associate Profession in Social Entrepreneurship at Hult Business School.

Angad Rihal

Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky

Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky is co-founder and editor of youth culture magazine The Cut. Now in its 7th year the magazine is entirely authored by young people, 20,000 copies are distributed London-wide quarterly. The Cut has received 2 Guardian media awards and been shortlisted in The Observer/ Courvoisier Top British Creative Business Awards as well as winning best local press publication at The Haymarket Publishing Awards Alongside The Cut, Nendie is an artist and film maker based in London.

Maureen Salmon

Maureen Salmon is a cultural entrepreneur with twenty five years experience of working across different industry sectors, mainly in the creative industries and education sectors, in an international arena. In 2008, Maureen launched Freshwaters Consultancy specialising in leadership, entrepreneurship, strategic and organisational development to help individuals and organisations create successful futures.

Romain Huet
Developer Advocate at Twitter

Romain Huet is a software engineer and entrepreneur. As a Senior Developer Advocate at Twitter, Romain is focused on driving success and adoption of the Twitter platform products with a particular passion and expertise for Fabric, as well as being the face of the developer community in Europe.

Hannah Blake
Programme Manager, BBCW Labs at BBC Worldwide

Hannah manages BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s start-up accelerator. She is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships with BBC business units and digital media start-ups, which means she has in-depth knowledge of how young companies and established organisations can adopt innovative ways of working. Hannah is tasked with bringing new technologies and digital products to all areas of the international media organisation and has helped to facilitate some interesting partnerships across the business.

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Guy Armitage
CEO of Zealous

Zealous matching creative talent with opportunities, a unique platform that proudly represents you and provides opportunities tailored specifically to your art form and interests..

Guy has been published in Forbes, Metro and Elite Business Magasine, where he has advocated the importance of creativity in the UK economy. As well as speaking at CreativeXPO and various UK universities, Guy recently hosted nine panel talks at Zealous X covering key subjects such as the value of creativity, IP and copyright, attitudes to the digital landscape, PR and Marketing, Women in creativity and branding for artists. 

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.

Prathap Chandran
Founder, Mathscraft

Prathap is a hacker by trade. He is a researcher on games based learning and serves on the editorial board of a games based learning journal. He has developed, deployed and managed end to end eLearning systems for K12 and Engineering students, building and selling two companies in the process. He is passionate about making a difference using technology and believes it can be leveraged to enhance the educational experience of anyone wishing to learn.

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.

Organizing Team

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

  • Katriina
  • Mariana
  • Samina
  • Debbie
  • Anna
  • Zoheb


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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