Startup Weekend Nottingham

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Nottingham

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014


Friday November 14th

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

7:20 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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Home Time
Get some sleep!

Saturday November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 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

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Ask if you need help!

12:00 pm

12:30 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

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Home Time


Geoff Baker
Founder & CEO at ICN

Geoff Baker’s background is publishing and finance.  After training as a CIMA accountant and becoming Financial Controller of Dutch media giant VNU’s UK publishing company in 1997, Geoff spent 4 years coordinating mergers and acquisitions for the European Publishing Division. Geoff returned to the UK team in 2001 as Publishing Director responsible for 5 magazines and charged with overseeing the company’s transition from magazine publisher to multi media player.  Geoff was then placed in charge of a global business unit of research company ACNielsen after it was acquired by VNU.  After a 2 year stint as CEO of a privately backed venture, Geoff decided to launch his own company, ICN.

Event Judges

Toby Reid
Director, BioCity Nottingham

Toby is the architect of the Next Business Generation programme and is responsible for its delivery in the years to come.
Toby is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the site and services at BioCity. His career started in engineering and project management. After becoming chartered, he left engineering to start his first company in 2001 and since then has started and raised money for companies in financial services, digital media and business support. Latterly he ran the Growth Investment Network, a group of various funders and advisers. It was established to make business owners aware of the opportunities to raise finance and to collaborate to help get deals done. Toby’s knowledge of the early stage investment and first-hand experience of starting and running early stage companies make him well placed to help the companies at BioCity.

Jonathan English
Managing Director of Skeleton Productions

Geoff Love
Chief Executive Officer at Esendex

Geoff is CEO of Esendex, the UK's leading BusinessSMS company.  He doesn't claim to be an entrepreneur, leaving that to people with far more appetite for risk !  Instead he brings the lessons learnt from working in and with large organisations to help smaller ones maximise their potential.  In his time as Marketing Director of insurer HomeServe he grew revenue from £50M to £500M and is now repeating the process with Esendex, which has grown from a £5M to a £20M business in the four years since he joined.  A banker by profession, Geoff now enjoys spending his days surrounded by Esendex's incredibly cool, talented & sporty staff, hoping that some of this will rub off on him and getting talked into undertaking various running and cycling endeavours as a result.

Tanya Pepper
Director at Colorset

Having stumbled into the industry as a temp many moons ago, I worked in accounts (hated it) through production, PA to the MD of Chromagene and then set up Silver Graphics with my then partner with the hope that I could potter around and do a bit of administration now and again! I was very young and lived in the clouds!!

However along the way I managed to learn most things about the industry, how it works, what products are needed for what jobs and luckily I still do. Sadly still very enthusiastic about anything to do with graphics I work with some of the largest companies in the country on various projects such as interiors, rollouts, exhibitions and museums.

In May 2010 year we merged the Nottingham branch with Colorset our London branch run by 3 excellent if a tad wacky, guys Frank, Rich and Tom, and in 2012 we left the group. We are all of a like mind and I dare not say how many years in the industry between us! but having branches at both ends of the country works brilliantly and our excellent team in both Nottingham and London allow us to be competitive throughout the country.

Lewis Stringer
Business Finance Manager at Nottingham City Council

Lewis is currently the Business Finance Manager in the Economic Development Team at Nottingham City Council with responsibility for a number of access to finance initiatives in the City. After starting his career in retail and commercial banking at Lloyds Bank, he has worked in economic development for almost 20 years at a local, regional and national level, including emda and the British Business Bank, specialising in financial instruments. During this time he has developed and delivered a number of business support initiatives and funds, focusing on start-up and small businesses.

Craig Cotter
Director at Heart Internet

Craig directs Heart Internet's large scale projects, and is also involved with the day-to-day running of the business. Craig ensures that our customers are put at the heart of all our decision making, and that the customer experience is as positive as possible. Craig recently managed the development and release of Heart Internet's VPS and Hybrid Server products.

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Allwood
Digital Designer at Studio Output

Chris is a digital designer at Studio Output, an award-winning creative agency based in Nottingham, London, Beijing. Chris was nominated for the Net Award’s Young Designer of the Year 2014 and specialises in user-centred, responsive web design.

As a designer, Chris has penchant for grid systems, web typography and interaction design. 

In his spare time, he's the co-organiser of Second Wednesday, a monthly event for digital creatives in Nottingham.

Lucie De Lacy
Assistant Content Producer at Crocstar Media

Lucie is a copywriter, content producer and co-organiser of Second Wednesday. She's an accredited NCTJ print journalist, but left her shorthand behind to fight the battle against bad and boring online copy. 

She's part of Crocstar, a digital copywriting agency based in Derby, and has worked with companies such as Pizza Hut, Curve Theatre and Fasetto.

Adam Bird
One Diary Founder & CEO

Adam is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for continuous improvement that pervades every aspect of his life. He achieved entrepreneurial success with the co-founding and growth of Esendex the international text messaging service provider. After growing the business into an operation that spanned multiple countries servicing thousands of business customers, he exited when it was sold to Darwin Private Equity in 2013.As One Diary founder and CEO, he is focused on bringing his experience to bear on some of the eternal problems around scheduling.He is a keen cyclist, with a brief foray into competition that was notable only for its lack of success and injuries sustained. Adam is an advocate and supporter of the Nottingham Technology scene; works with the City Council on initiatives to drive business activity; and is a governor at his local Secondary School with specific responsbility for Achievement & Standards.

Martin Holm Mortensen
Coach, Next Business Generation

Martin is an NBG coach and a a Business Accelerator & Investor at Accelerace Management A/S, a Denmark-based, internationally-focused business development organisation.Martin is educated in social sciences at Roskilde University in Denmark and did postgraduate studies in International Politics at The University of Edinburgh.Martin has been involved in several start-ups and spinoffs in various roles; part owner, founder and as C-level manager. Martin’s professional career focus has been on Business development, Sales and Marketing with many years of both strategic and operational responsibility in companies such as, MondoSoft, Computer People and CapaSystems in Denmark and the US. Martin participated in the predecessor program to Accellerace, Gazelle Growth in 2007.

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Organizing Team

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