Startup Weekend Oxford

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Oxford

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Oxford City College
Oxpens Road
Oxford, UK OX1 1SA

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Start something amazing... Build your startup in 54 hours.

"Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun" A.Einstein

📌 About the event:

Startup Weekend is a Techstars entrepreneurship event, powered by Google for Startups. Created by and for people attracted by entrepreneurship and innovation. The event will take place over 54 hours. 
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. You'll learn and get involved in building strong foundations for a solid startup (Problem, Business Model, Solution, Market Size, Customers, Value Prop, etc.) You'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to coach you, guide you, and share their inspiring knowledge and expertise. 

📅 Short schedule: 

- Friday night: Pitches and building the teams. 
- Saturday: Brainstorming, business plan development, working prototype creation (MVP product), workshop, mentors support & fun!
- Sunday: Final Stretch before the Final Presentations, Awards and Celebration!

📌 Do you need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We encourage you to pitch it on Friday!
If you don't have an idea, that's alright! Among the other ideas pitched, something will strike your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.

The theme this year is based around fintech. However, we've chosen our mentors to have expertise in all sectors! If your idea is not related to fintech idea and still want to take on the challenge, buy your ticket and we'll make sure your idea become a reality.

All other industries are welcome to join the above :).

📌 What if I don't know about fintech?

It's not a problem! We are gathering people with backgrounds in finance and technology. They will come with the ideas but they will need to team up with designers, lawyers, business developers, etc. 
Everyone is welcome! 

📌For the tickets you get:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your fantastic idea on Friday night
  • Tasty meals all weekend (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A unique and unforgettable experience: taking an idea from concept to creation in a matter of days!
  • Mentored by brilliant and dynamic leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • Fun activities and relaxing times
  • GOODIES :))))
  • Good vibes and love from the organizing team!!

📌 About Accommodations:

If you don't reside in Oxford already and come from another city, it will be your responsibility to find accommodation. However, we remain at your disposal if you need any support/clarification/advice regarding this point. As a community, we'll do our best to find suitable solutions for everyone. Don't hesitate to drop us a message! (

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Friday March 22nd

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
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 23rd

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!

6:30 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 March 24th

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

Georgie Hazell
Head of Engagement

Passionate about accelerating growth in people and businesses, Georgie heads up engagement at fintech-focused VC Augmentum Fintech, working with portfolio companies, investors and engaging with the wider fintech ecosystem.

With global experience (including London, Geneva and Boston) primarily in startups spanning a range of industries, from tech to digital media, crowdfunding (Crowdcube) and commodities trading, she completed a full-time MBA last year and now works in VC in London. 

Georgie is passionate about diversity and inclusion (particularly in VC and entrepreneurship) and founded women’s personal and professional growth network Elevate.

Coaches and Mentors

Isabelle Chaboud

Isabelle Chaboud is Associate professor in the Finance, Accounting and Law Department of Grenoble Ecole de Management. Isabelle's background is in Financial Audit. Before joining Grenoble Ecole de Management in 2001, Isabelle worked for 7.5 years for PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Lyon, France where she was a financial audit manager. She had clients in various industries and services. She also was part of the European Internal Audit Team of PwC and worked in this role in Spain (Madrid) and Portugal (Lisbon). Isabelle has been teaching at the Grenoble Ecole de Management on the Master in International Business (MIB), MBA, MBA Executive, MSc in Finance, MSc in Marketing and MSc in Innovation Strategy and Entrepreneurship programmes in Grenoble, London, Berlin, Georgia, Moscow, Singapore and Marrakech.  She holds a Master in Management with a specialization in Accounting & Finance and also graduated from the International Teachers Programme held at HEC Paris in June 2014. 

Tikhoze Banda
Senior Account Manager UK

Tikhoze’s disciplined, resourceful and energetic character has proven to be a valuable asset throughout her university and professional life. After successfully completing Zift Solution’s graduate program where she worked as a business analyst and configuration engineer, Tikhoze joined MANGOPAY as a Technical Account Manager for the U.K. in 2016 and has been a pillar to its functioning ever since. Her all-around expertise in payment services is put to good use thanks to daily client management, technical support for onboarding as well as constant investigation into what new features and payment methods will keep our solution at the top of its game.She holds a first-class degree in physics from Manchester university, a subject which she still keenly reads about and is also a proactive member in many educational charities where she mentors dozens of students. 

Stefan Loesch
Managing Partner at Lexbyte

 Stefan Loesch is a Managing Partner at LexByte, a blockchain consulting firm on the way of becoming a regulated crypto investment bank. He previously was a banker at J.P. Morgan, a consultant in McKinsey's Corporate Finance practice, and a derivatives quant at Paribas. Most recently he served as CTO/systems architect for Brasil Empresta and the Merritt Protocol.

He is the author of "A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs" (Wiley 2019), "Security Tokens" (forthcoming), and the co-author and editor of the PRMIA Handbook where he also serves on the Education Committee. He studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Bonn and the Ecole Polytechnique, and he holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.

Placi Espejo
Heyford Park Management Sales & Marketing Manager

From being involved in running the family business since an early age to, getting start-ups ready for investment, Placi certainly loves the buzz of making a difference by supporting entrepreneurship.
She is a bit of a presentation guru, an experienced mentor with Oxford Entrepreneurs and the Deputy Chairman for Oxfordshire Business First and she certainly enjoys networking.

Anton Mozgovoy
VP of Technology

Anton worked at BMO Financial Group while implementing Apple Pay and Android Pay. In 2015 founded Finlyt - a company working on algorithmic installment and revolving credits. In 2016 Finlyt made a successful exit. 

In 2017 Anton has become CTO of Humaniq - a fintech company working on blockchain 3.0 solution creating a financial marketplace. Humaniq has been selected as a top pick in blockchain in 2018 by TechCrunch. It has also been selected as a top use case by UK Parliament in APPG. Anton and his team have launched the first hybrid blockchain in production.

Since 2017 Anton served as a consultant and a startup tracker across multiple blockchain and fintech startups. In 2018 Anton was invited to serve as a mentor in FasterCapital responsible for tracking and mentoring startups in fintech, blockchain and crypto spaces.

In 2018 became a senior partner in Investment Network Company (INC). INC is leading company that helps startups, organisations and projects related to technology get access to venture capital. 

Alexis Grabar
Co-Founder, CEO Advisor

Advising Boards of Fortune 500 organisations on their Customer Experience Programmes. Supporting execution on CX programmes, coaching, training, steer group committee, and sourcing technologies and solutions to improve employee engagement specifically to increase customer satisfaction ratings.

After 15 years of corporate life with Eurocopter, Airbus, Cap Gemini, Ernst Young and Marquis Jet & Netjets, my focus now is on Entrepreneurship. Digital transformation and International Development of fast growing Small and Medium Size businesses (SMEs).

CXB HUB is a strategic consulting and coaching organisation partnering with specialist, innovative plug & play solutions supporting all areas of customer experience.

AviaMediaTech is my holding for investments and consulting services. I enjoy the early stage set up of companies (i have done it more than 5 times) and love the strategic thinking at the Board level. I often do also interim Management C roles (CEO/COO/CCO/CTO/CDO/CMO) to keep my management and leadership skills on the top of the innovation and Technology game. Today I am on the Board of Hiveworks (ex Orange Digital in London/Paris) and Advisor of the CEO of TRAXENS SA in Marseille.

Specialties: Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Business Development, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries, Media industries, Cosmetics and Luxury Industries, Retail and Logistics Industries, IT and software industries, Venture Capital, Human Resources Development and Recruitment, International Internal and External Public Relations &Communication, Start ups, Private Equity and Family Offices backed Companies, Business plans, Corporate Governance, Non Executive Board Members, Emerging Markets investments, Emerging Markets International Expansion

Amine Ait-Si-Selmi
FinTech & Global Banking Insights

I am based in McKinsey’s London office and focus on FinTech partnership strategies and digital innovation by leading Client & Proposition Development for McKinsey Panorama in EMEA.

I am committed to delivering client impact by creating and strengthening relationships with both institutional clients and FinTechs. I work closely with clients to help identify areas of collaboration with innovative companies and build new solution offerings.

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