Startup Weekend Sheffield November 2017

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sheffield November 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Diamond
Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, UK S3 7RD

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Turning Startup Weekend Sheffield Up To 11!

Being an entrepreneur is about taking control of your own destiny. Whether you're working in a boring day job, graduating and have no idea what your next step is, or just need to focus and be creative for a weekend, Startup Weekend Sheffield is for you!

3 days to learn how to be an entrepreneur!

Startup Weekend is a worldwide movement that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup experts to build creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems -  all in one exhilarating weekend.

Maybe you’ve got a world-changing idea that can be brought to life through technology, entrepreneurship and some solid elbow-grease? Perhaps you’re uninspired at work and looking to take part in something a little different?
Over the 54 hours from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon you’ll be thrown into the ideal environment to connect with some amazingly talented individuals, discover your own entrepreneurial journey, learn what it really takes to found a real company and start building your way to success.

You’ll pitch your ideas, form awesome teams, speak with real customers and access experienced mentors, before finally taking to the stage to present to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs with backgrounds in design, development and startup investment.

Learn how to validate assumptions, design products that have value to your customers, and build scalable companies. All this without having to write a pointless business plan or sit through another 'advice session'.

No matter what your skill-set, you're guaranteed to find your creative spark at Startup Weekend Sheffield. Come and be a part of this global movement right here in Sheffield.

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Startup Weekend Sheffield is a non-profit event run by a community of passionate volunteers.

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Friday November 17th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue (The Diamond) and get checked in. Enjoy some dinner, share ideas, practice pitches, and get to know fellow participants.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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

11:45 pm
Venue Closes
Get some sleep, see you in the morning!

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive at The Diamond and eat breakfast. Sign up for meetings with coaches throughout the day.

9:30 am
Begin Work
Focus on customer validation, and start thinking about your business model.

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 pm
Back to work
Focus on your business model, and start thinking about design/build.

6:00 pm

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

7:25 pm
Group Photo

7:30 pm
Presentation Advice
Get some tips from a panel of coaches on how to deliver your final presentation.

8:00 pm
Back to work
Focus on design/build and preparing your final presentation

11:45 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive at The Diamond and eat breakfast. Sign up to rehearse your final presentation with coaches.

9:30 am
Back to work
Keep working on design/build and preparing your final presentation.

11:00 am
Rehearsals and Tech-check
Choose a time to rehearse your final presentation with coaches, and check your tech works with the AV system.

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Group check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 pm
Back to work!
Focus on getting things finished, especially your final presentation!

4:30 pm
Wrap up
Wrap up your work and get ready for the final presentations.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Cheer on all of the teams as you present your work to the expert judges.

7:30 pm
Break for judging
Enjoy some dinner whilst the judges make their decisions.

8:30 pm
The judges reveal the top teams!

9:00 pm
After Party!
Join us for the after party!

Event Judges

Rupert Wingate-Saul
Investment Director @ AXM Venture Capital

Rupert is Investment Director at AXM Venture Capital, where he manages investments into creative and digital companies in North West England.

Rupert sits on the board of a number of venture-backed companies in sectors including FinTech, ticketing, big data, video gaming and predictive analytics.

Coaches and Mentors

Phil Hornby
Head of Product Management Platforms @ Continental Automotive

By day a corporate product leader at Continental Automotive, out of hours an aspiring entrepreneur. Phil is also a veteran of a number of Startup Weekend events as both a participant and organiser.

Elizabeth Shassere
Founder and CEO @ Textocracy

Elizabeth is a two-time winner of Startup Weekend - the 1st time in Sheffield with health-tech app Appointment Dr, and the 2nd time in Manchester with her current startup Textocracy. She has been through the Dotforge Accelerator programme, pitched at the Northern Stars competition for tech startups, and is about to publish her first book.

Organizing Team

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

  • Alex
  • Chrissie
  • Giorgio
  • Sarah
  • Simon

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