Startup Weekend Sheffield Nov 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sheffield Nov 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018



Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield, UK

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Your idea brought to life in 54 hours!

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.

Buy your ticket now before it's too late!

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll 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 and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. 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.

Techstars 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 “sheffield@startupweekend.org”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

More info for new attendees here: http://startupweekend.org/attendees

Code of conduct here: http://startupweekend.org/attendees/event-rules

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 16th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


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
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 November 17th


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 November 18th


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
After Party!


Event Judges


Mel Kanarek
Director at TigerNash and Sheffield Digital

Mel is no stranger to Startup Weekends, having both judged and attended in the past! She runs TigerNash, which helps business to grow through the application of marketing tools. Mel is also director and co-founder of Sheffield Digital. As a result, Mel is well engrained in Sheffield's digital community. It's this community that you'll need to engage with after Startup Weekend if you want your startup to be successful. So be sure to speak to Mel over the weekend.


Scott Gladwood
Co-Founder @ Tutorful

Scott is co-founder and CPO at Tutorful, the UK's leading private tuition marketplace. In three years, Tutorful has grown from a budding startup in its founders spare bedroom to a successful multi-million pound startup based right here in Sheffield.


Coaches and Mentors


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.


Andy Stratton
Senior University Teacher (Institute of Coding)

I am a Senior University Teacher in the Department of Computer Science working for the Institute of Coding. I lead the Student Enterprises work package at Sheffield, building on the Genesys Software Company experience for the benefit of other Universities, Industry and Students.  I have 12+ years experience as a University Lecturer/researcher in Software Engineering and Computer Science. I also have 12+ years industry experience in mainly Java based Object Oriented Software Engineering as Developer, Team Leader, Project Manager and Technical Architect. Companies I have worked for included IBM, BT, Asda, Barclayard, BG Research & Development and Racal ComSec.


Abbey Gaunt
Brand Planner @ Jaywing

Brand Planner at integrated agency, Jaywing, armed with a Creative Advertising Degree. A true Northener with a passion for all things insights, storytelling and fresh talent. I work for a range of clients including Sheffield City Council, First Direct and University of Sunderland.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sheffield Nov 2018 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 Sheffield is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Giorgio
    Cassella
  • Harry
    Liddell
  • Kisha
    Bradley
  • Eva
    Barabas

Facilitators


Sean Paul Shanor
Founder

Sean Paul Shanor is half Norwegian, half American, and a globetrotter having spent most of his life in Dubai and the Far East, with the majority of the last decade running operations for professional golf events worldwide. At 30 he came home to Norway, got sparked by his first ever Startup Weekend, and has been engaged in entrepreneurship ever since. He’s cofounded a number of startups, pushes lean business methodology through Lean Startup Circle Stavanger, and loves to ask “Why?” - over and over and over again.

In 2016, he lead and energized over 150 participants through 4 week accelerator programs that built 16 companies. Now he’s focused on facilitating Startup Weekend’s worldwide, giving inspirational talks at universities and companies, life coaching, and positively affecting a billion people through his company SynergySpace.

He holds two Bachelor degrees in Finance and Hospitality Management, a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, and is an engaged Course Assistant for the Penn State Data Analytics Masters program.


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