Startup Weekend London

    Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015


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Startup Weekend London

Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015



Friday, May 8 - 10, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Second Home
68-80 Hanbury Street
London, UK E1 5JL

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Come eat cake, drink beer and make companies over the weekend.

Hello Londoners! 

We've been dreaming of pairing up with the beautiful minds at Hyper Island for a long time and on the 8th of May our little dream is becoming a reality! Hyper island is the iconic Swedish school for digital skills that has dramatically changed the creative industry landscape over the last couple of decades. 

Mind you, this won't be your usual Startup Weekend event as we'll have Hyper-infused methods and workshops throughout the weekend, which we're super exited about.
There will also be an unhealthy amount of cake (apologies in advance for those on a gluten-free/sugar-free summer diet) because Erik and Z, two of our organisers will be celebrating their birthday on Saturday.
Expect top notch mentors, Swedish candy, and denim-wearing code-tearing people building companies from scratch. You'll probably see a good chunk of the London tech scene popping by during the weekend too and we have a good number of surprises lined up. Tickets are selling as fast as a Taylor Swift concert so grab yours quciky! 

The Startup Weekend London team - Z, Erik and Victoria 

Wait, what's a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is part of UP Global, the biggest entrepreneurship movement in the world with more than 2000 events per year taking place in 600+ cities globally.  
Startup Weekend is a 54h event designed to make you in live in the skin of an entrepreneur for a weekend. On a Friday night, those who have an idea about a business they want to set up pitch in front of the other attendees (it's laid back and we're a friendly bunch, don't you worry). Attendees select which idea they want to work on and form teams. Teams go through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation helped by notorious industry mentors. On Sunday, all teams present their ideas in front of a larger audience and a sharp-looking, sharp-minded jury. That's right, you go from an idea to an actual functioning startup in hours! There won't be much sleep but you'll meet people you don't bump into on a regular Friday night in the pub - from Nasa engineers to General Assembly teachers, from data scientists to coding enthusiasts.
Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, a date (kidding, kind of), specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Right, come on now, no talk all action! Questions? Tweet @vicky_stoyanova and we'll get all of your questions answered.

Second Home sounds nice, what is it?
Second Home, which opened in Shoreditch in November 2014, is a cultural venue and workspace for creative companies.
Second Home brings together a diverse range of creative people and industries, from fashion and technology, through to film-making and design. Teams based at Second Home include fast-growing global businesses like Foursquare, Artsy, SurveyMonkey and TaskRabbit, as well as homegrown innovators like Kovert Designs, Visualise and Asap54.
Second Home's auditorium plays host to a regular programme of talks, film screenings and live music performances - many of which are open to the public.
Recent events include talks by fashion designer Stella McCartney and Harvard evolutionary biologist EO Wilson, arts events with the Gagosian Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, film screenings with Secret Cinema's Future Shorts, and live music performances by Kindness and Last Night In Paris.
Second Home's in-house restaurant Jago is run by the former head chef of Ottolenghi in Notting Hill, and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
www.secondhome.io
@secondhomeldn




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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 8th


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 May 9th


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 May 10th


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


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


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


Jody Orsborn
co-founder - The Backscratchers,

Jody Orsborn is co-founder of The Backscratchers, the platform that connects brands and companies with the best industry-approved freelance and agency talent for projects. Clients include Unilever, Red Bull, Sony, Universal, Spotify and more. The company is a graduate of Springboard and BBC Worldwide Labs. She is also a judge for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition and an active DJ. She was previously Head of Marketing and Promotions for Squeak E. Clean Productions, the music production company owned by Anti- Records artist Sam Spiegel (of DJ duo NASA) and the official blogger/ social media gal for the Railroad Revival Tour featuring Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.


Daniel Harvey
Experience Design Director at SapientNitro

Is  the Director & Global Practice Lead for Experience Design at SapientNitro in London. Before that he worked as Executive Creative Director at R/GA in New York. He's been working in digital since 1996 and is also a mentor at Techstars and Apps for Good.


Coaches and Mentors


Katie Brinsmead-Stockham
Brand Strategy Consultant + Former Group Brand Director at The Hoxton Hotel Group

Katie is the former Group Brand Director at The Hoxton Hotel Group where she oversaw the expansion of the hotel from a single hotel in East London to a series of hotels worldwide. She comes from a brand strategy background is currently working as a freelancer whilst setting up her own little startup.


David Buonaguidi
Previously - Founder and CCO Karmarama. Now setting up a free creative school in London.

Dave has over 30 years experience in advertising and founded both St. Luke’s, Karmarama. He also set up Channel 4's creative agency 4Creative. He's now left Karmarama to set up a free Creative School in London.


Joana Casaca Lemos
Communication Designer

Joana is a communication designer with a scope of collaborative experiences and currently a doctoral student at Central Saint Martins. Her design research practice explores communication design for sustainability & social innovation. She wanders about the natural and social worlds, communication, interaction, experience, and how to enable non-designers to design.


Horia Cernusca
CEO and co-founder, Swipe

Horia is the co-founder and CEO of Swipe, a company started in 2012 at a Startup Weekend in Oslo to make presentations more sharable, interactive, and beautiful. He also runs a furniture side project called Biurko, building a better, more affordable adjustable desk. A designer and a marketing guy, Horia can help you understand what to prioritize in a Startup Weekend, how to validate the product, and how to pitch to win. 


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.


Chris Ball
UX Director & UK Head of UX at DigitasLBi

Chris is the co-head of DigitasLBi's team of 40 UX designers. In his role he oversees projects, pitches new business and mentors talent. He also educates clients on the role of user experience as a professional service, as well as representing DigitasLBi externally at conferences and through a growing relationship with the IPA. He previously worked at BBC and Thomson Reuters.


Jody Orsborn
co-founder - The Backscratchers,

Jody Orsborn is co-founder of The Backscratchers, the platform that connects brands and companies with the best industry-approved freelance and agency talent for projects. Clients include Unilever, Red Bull, Sony, Universal, Spotify and more. The company is a graduate of Springboard and BBC Worldwide Labs. She is also a judge for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition and an active DJ. She was previously Head of Marketing and Promotions for Squeak E. Clean Productions, the music production company owned by Anti- Records artist Sam Spiegel (of DJ duo NASA) and the official blogger/ social media gal for the Railroad Revival Tour featuring Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.


Abby Schlageter
Founder - Polymathine

Abby works across tech, design, physics and farming. Her strength lies in the integrity she brings to each task and great understanding and empathy for all parties involved in each project – she is a coder who understands the importance of user experience, a writer who can pull metaphors out of scientific documentation, she draws sun-rays with photons (light particles) in mind. 


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.


Ros Horner
Senior Designer (Visual Design Lead, UI Design) at SapientNitro

Ros Horner is a senior digital designer at SapientNitro. She's developed digital products, services and platforms for clients such as Adidas, Reebok, McLaren, Volvo and Moët & Chandon.


Lisa Roolant
Communications Manager at VINAYA Technologies

Communications strategist, editor, writer, social media pro, and tech startup aficionado. From idea generation stage to well-funded, internationally expanding ventures, Lisa has worked closely with and within a dozen different technology startups. Her speciality lies in helping early stage, high-growth businesses reach the right audiences through building creative marketing strategies and cultivating their brand voice. From print to digital, editorial production to partnerships, she understands the great content machine.


Ed Cooke
co-founder and CEO - Memrise

Ed Cooke is the co-founder and CEO of Memrise, a language learning platform with more than 200 languages and 4 million users. A Grandmaster of Memory, who can learn 1000 digit number in an hour, he once taught the journalist Joshua Foer to become US memory champion in a single year. Before founding Memrise, Ed studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford, Paris, Antwerp and Macquarie University, Sydney. 



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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.
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  • Zoheb
    Iqbal
  • Victoria
    Stoyanova
  • Erik
    Rodin
  • Judith
    KREYDER

Facilitators


Victoria Stoyanova
Community & Culture

Victoria helps startups and big companies build strong brands,
communities and culture. Her career began in advertising, where she worked at Buzzman (Paris), Your Majesty (New York) and Mother (London).

Hand-picked to head up startup community development in Europe, Victoria joined Techstars as Regional Manager. A journey that led her to the role of Director of Community and Culture at Second Home, and a steady diet of airport sightseeing and mentoring across Europe.

Victoria enjoys working at the intersection between industries, ideas and people. With expertise at the convergence of startup and big company culture, she has had the joy to work with exceptional people at places like
the BBC, EY and the Victoria & Albert museum.

In her free time, Victoria produces and facilitates talks, workshops and exhibitions. She also runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community taking place in 130+ cities globally.


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