Techstars Startup Weekend Health and Wellbeing Plymouth

    Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Health and Wellbeing Plymouth

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Ocean Studios
The Factory Cooperage,
Royal William Yard,
Plymouth, UK PL13RP

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Innovation, creativity and collaboration: Build a Startup in 54 hours!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?   Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Our first Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth has
the theme Health & Wellbeing”, why?

Since it affects us all we want to learn and develop new ideas around the ways we address Health and Wellbeing challenges in the 21st Century!

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll have the chance to pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team. Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch needs to have a Health and Wellbeing focus such as:
  • Can technology help local people as they age? 
  • How can we tackle the risk to health posed by air pollution?
  • What can help tackle loneliness?
  • How do we manage data from the wearable digital tools increasingly used to manage health?
Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

echstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!  Still have questions, feel free to reach us at or @PlymouthStartup on Twitter!
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement! No talk, all action!
*Please note, this event is for over 18s. 

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Friday April 26th

6:00 pm
Arrive at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard and check in

6:30 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 mentors

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Everyone to pitch a Health and Wellbeing Idea

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalise 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 needed

Saturday April 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

9:20 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:30 am
Skype Speaker - Sussi Bianco
Sussi specialises in Health & Care Entrepreneurship and will be launching us on Saturday morning with an inspiring talk!

10:00 am
Interviewing Workshop
Led by our experienced entrepreneur Stewart Noakes, this workshops will help our teams develop their interviewing skills to conduct some market research and refine their ideas

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.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Morning Briefing

10:00 am
Check-In with Coaches
Final opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from coaches

10:00 am
Pitching Workshop
Led by our experienced entrepreneur Stewart Noakes, this workshops will help our teams develop their pitching skills ready for presenting to the judges later in the day

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

2:00 pm
Final Presentations
Teams pitch for 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minute Q&A from judges

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Wrap Up
Time to reflect on a great weekend with a drink and some food

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Sussi Bianco Nielsen
CEO at the Consultancy of Sussi Bianco.

CEO at the Consultancy of Sussi Bianco. With a background in computer science Sussi specializes in Health & Care Entrepreneurship, collaborating with municipalities and other public partners. Since 2013 she has run CareWare-Next: a national competition in welfare innovation - forming a Health Startup Community and running an accelerator program.. Sussi is an experienced member of the finalist jury in several national and international competitions in entrepreneurship (Guldægget, University Startup World Cup, SXSW) She is chairman of the board in Nonprofit WeLoveStartups and in commercial companies. “I sharpen the profile of companies, build communities and develop concepts leading to action. It is satisfying to act as a catalyst for creating visions and action in businesses, and value for people and in society. Fortunately my work life enables me to do it all” Her motto: Be ambitious. Work hard. Have fun.

Event Judges

Lindsey Hall
Chief Executive, at Real Ideas Organisation

Lindsey’s track record in the public and private sectors as a social entrepreneur, thinker and leader has seen her set up and develop products and services across the creative, learning and education sectors.From building award-winning programmes in the UK to driving groundbreaking initiatives internationally, Lindsey has the experience and skills at management, board and executive level to steer social business ideas towards success; making money and make a difference at the same time.

Ian McFadzen
Chief Executive Officer at Plymouth Science Park

With over 30 years’ experience in public and private sectors Ian holds expertise in translating ideas and research into businesses, specialising in the fields of biomedical and life sciences. Previously Ian has worked as Commercial Director for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth. He is also the founding director of two biotechnology companies including Biovault, which is the UK’s largest accredited private sector human tissue bank. Plymouth Science Park plays a key role in supporting the city in the areas of science, innovation and entrepreneurial development.

Kate Sneddon
Chief Executive Officer at Biovault

Kate spent the first ten years of her working life with pharmaceutical giant and FTSE 100 company GlaxoSmithKline, initially as a microbiologist but latterly in the areas of new product development and Lean Sigma.  On moving to the South West 10 years ago, Kate joined Biovault, and has been CEO for the last 2 years.  Kate’s experience in working in the private sector for both a large multinational and an SME provides her with insight into the opportunities and challenges for both.  Kate has recently successfully lead Biovault in securing 2 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with University College London, and the prestigious Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Fellowship grant.

Tom Gamblin
Founder/Director, at Evident

Tom’s background in product user experience design, conversion and efficiency focused digital products has lead to the Evident team working on digital solutions for some of the most innovative global blue chip companies and startups.   From delivering user focused design solutions for Silicon Valley tech companies to producing digital transformation for enterprise businesses through efficiency driven design.   Evident are a pioneering design driven company specialising in Design Sprints, User Experience and delivering efficient digital enterprise

Camilla Young
CEO and Co-Founder, at VUALTO

Camilla and her business partner, James Burt started VUALTO with a zero budget, a handful of prospects and a determination to succeed. 7 years on, VUALTO has a revenue of 3.5 million, 40 employees and provides online streaming solutions for many European broadcasters and government agencies. 
Over the years, Camilla has worked with her teams in Plymouth, Bristol and Frimley to develop an integrated set of products that are now well respected in the online video industry. VUALTO are responsible for all of the video streaming from the UK Parliament, so Brexit has been keeping the VUALTO team very busy!

Gabriel Aguiar Noury
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Human-Robot Interaction at the University of Plymouth

Gabriel is a Mechatronic Engineer and former entrepreneur, now working on the development of innovation ecosystems for the assistive robotic market, through the creation of technological platforms. He designed and run the entrepreneurial program; EPIC Start. An initiative from the EPIC project that supported more than fifty students from Plymouth University, helping them set up their companies, define their business models, access funding opportunities and providing technical feedback during the initial prototyping stage. 

Coaches and Mentors

Tony Bloomer
Founder and Director at Schematic Services Limited

With a grounding and MA in Marketing, Tony has worked in both in-house and consultancy roles over 25 years in the B2B and financial services sector.  He has held roles focused on technical marketing expertise through to general business management and led a £100m insurance business unit.  More recently he has set up his own consultancy business, works closely with a venture capital firm incubating insurance start ups and runs a side line business which focuses on business writing services, simply because he enjoys it.

Stewart Noakes
Co-Founder at Canopy

An experienced entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director, Interim Manager, Executive coach and mentor Stewart has started, grown and run multiple businesses in the UK, USA, India and Portugal. 

Adaptable and pragmatic, Stewart is most at home when collaborating with founders of growing businesses, or companies going through a significant transformation. 

Daniel Green
Managing Director at The Black Arrows 3D Capture

Daniel runs The Black Arrows, a 3D capture business that conducts 3D surveys using drone, satellite and terrestrial capture. Providing 3D data for architects, developers and end-users used in design, planning and eco-management.    Daniel’s background however is that of marketing and advertising, having previously worked for 15 years in the industry for MTV, Isobar and MediaCom, working across a multitude of global brands including Renault, Johnson & Johnson, adidas, Reebok, and Emirates.   Daniel’s most stand-out role was that of Head of Global Marketing for TIDAL, employed to create, launch and grow TIDAL music streaming brand in 2014, 5 months later was bought by JAY-Z for $56m, and relaunched at the beginning of 2015. As TIDALs Head of Global Marketing, Daniel was responsible for overseeing TIDAL's global marketing strategy, responsible for driving brand awareness and subscribers across all ATL and BTL platforms. Managing all external media and creative agencies whilst developing the internal TIDAL marketing team.

Jenny Bishop
Head of Marketing at Real Ideas Organisation

Jenny joined RIO in 2012, having worked in marketing functions across the public, private and third sector for brands including Breast Cancer Care, House of Fraser and the Big Lottery Fund.With almost 20 years’ experience, Jenny heads up RIO’s marketing team which handles the marketing and communications for everything that RIO does; from baking and selling artisan bread to breathing new life into redundant buildings…and everything in between!Jenny holds a CIM Postgrad Diploma in Marketing from Plymouth University Business School, is a Chartered Marketer, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a founder member of the Plymouth Marketing Leaders forum.

Jon Rolls
Commercial Director at Real ideas organisation

Prior to becoming Commercial Director at RIO, Jon spent 2 years driving forward the social enterprise scene in Cornwall and working with a range of strategic partners to catapult social enterprise into the economic landscape in the County.In a short space of time Jon was instrumental in helping Cornwall achieve Social Enterprise Zone status, coordinated the development and launch of an innovative social enterprise support programme, The Engine Room, and founded a strategic leadership group for the sector comprising some of the county’s leading social entrepreneurs.Jon is routed in social enterprise and cut his teeth helping Cornish social enterprise ReZolve, develop into one of the most visible environmental enterprises in the county and a national player in the community waste sector.

Tony Edwards
Director of Future Sync Software & Events / Education Outreach for Software Cornwall

Tony is a software developer, entrepreneur and mentor operating in the broad tech industries. He has worked on software projects for international banks, large heritage organisations and a range of local and national Universities.

Through his award winning work with Software Cornwall, Tony is helping to get the next generation of tech talent ready for tomorrow's workplace. His mentoring efforts include training with robotics, building websites, creating marketing campaigns, launching companies and supporting burgeoning twitch streamers.

Gregg Harding
Business Finance Specialist

During his early career in business and asset finance, and later as a financial adviser, Gregg supported numerous businesses, equipping them to continue trading through the tough economic climate – experience that he later brought to bear as corporate Finance Director for a leading Plymouth business. With Gregg’s expertise and guidance, the latter obtained funding for rapid growth, increasing its turnover from £2m to £6m, and workforce from 20 employees to well over 100, in just 12 months. Gregg remains a shareholder and consultant to the facilities management business he helped to form, managing projects for, amongst others, Transport for London/London Underground, Hitzinger UK and Clancys. Gregg has spent the last 6 years using his experience and knowledge to coach and mentor businesses to access finance, and as Project Director for the access to finance project funded in London by J P Morgan, he and his team won the UK SME Finance Award at the London Excel Business Awards in 2016.

Mike Barritt
Founder & Director of Software Cornwall and Founder & Executive Director of Agile on the Beach

Mike has been involved in managing software companies for over 30 years in various roles including MD, Product Director, Operations Director and Project Director.

He has worked on projects for companies such as Guinness, Sky, Unilever and Mars plus the NHS and also worked as a Business Coach for Oxford Innovation as part of the EU funded Grow Cornwall Project.

Mike has just retired after spending 7 years as MD for LumiraDx Care Solutions UK Ltd. a subsidiary of LumiraDx Group who are a worldwide Health Care company. During this time the company has grown from around 12 people to 55 people and underwent the process of being acquired by LumiraDx 3 years ago. This business is fully involved in developing software and apps for clinicians and patients suffering from long term health conditions.

Mike is a founder director of Software Cornwall and Founder & Executive Director of Agile on the Beach and has been working with Plymouth University on several projects including EPIC.

This background allows Mike to bring a range of practical experience and knowledge to the teams taking part in the Health & Wellbeing Startup Weekend covering start-ups, financing, IP, Agile, culture, people, teams, data security, regulatory control and grants – pretty much most of the topics to help start-ups other than actually writing code!

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The Techstars Startup Weekend Health and Wellbeing Plymouth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Chris Bennewith
Head of School for Art, Design and Architecture

Chris Bennewith is currently a Professor of Interactive Art and Design at Plymouth University and Head of the School of Art, Design and Architecture. Before undertaking his role Head of the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Plymouth, he spent 8 years in New Zealand as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. Chris spent his early professional career working in the interactive media industry in London. He trained as a Graphic Designer and acts as the lead visual designer within international art and design collective Squidsoup, with a research interest in the development of a visual vocabulary that connects the digital and material worlds.

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