Startup Weekend Sheffield April 2019

    Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sheffield April 2019

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Sheffield Hallam iLabs (Top Floor)
Aspect Court
Pond Hill
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2BG

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Your idea brought to life 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.  

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 tswsheffield@startupweekend.orgDon’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   
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Friday April 5th

6:00 pm
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
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 April 6th

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 April 7th

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
After Party! (optional)
Head to a nearby bar, drink, and share stories of our weekend!

Event Judges

Laura Bennett
Sheffield City Region LEP Board and PhD Researcher

Laura Bennett is a business leader in Sheffield, her experience is vast and impressive. She's a private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region LEP board, she's doing a PhD on Entrepreneurship at University of Sheffield, and works part time at Sheffield Technology Parks as an Entrepreneurship Enabler. Is there anything she can't do? We say no, so we asked her to be a judge on top of all that too, and Laura said yes.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Omar Aysha
Copywriter and Freelancer

Omar is a Startup Weekend veteran, having mentored at 4 events in Egypt in the past. He's now bringing his skills to Sheffield, to help put on the best Startup Weekend Sheffield of all time.

Mark Hughes
CEO and co-founder of Tutorful

Mark is the CEO and co-founder of the biggest tuition company in the country, Tutorful. Since the founding in 2015, he has been on a mission to change the shape of the tuition industry. Before that he worked as a business analyst for 7 years and is Cambridge-educated. This man is impressive beyond belief, and we're lucky enough to have him mentoring!  

Paul Ridgway
Hands-on Strategic Technology Leader at 5052 Consulting Limited

Paul is a Technology Professional who can lead, grow and develop individuals, teams and business functions, which makes him perfect for as a mentor for Startup Weekend Sheffield! We're glad to have him onboard to support you!

James Ridgway
Head of Platform at The Floow Limited

James is an experienced Software Engineer and Leader of Engineering Teams. He has worked across numerous technology stacks from android development and web development through to data science analytics and building distributed platforms of microservices. His tech knowledge will help fast track your business to success!

Rob Anderson
Founder of Spike Games

Rob is an experienced professional in the gambling industry with a proven track record in gambling games design. With over 25 years experience in the games design sector he has considerable insight into games development and promotion. With experience being a founder and in development he'll be able to give a very unique insight into your business ideas! We're lucky to have him onboard.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sheffield April 2019 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Harry
  • Denislav
  • Joe
  • Justyna


Sean Paul
Program Manager at CoPilot Ipark Tech Startup Accelerator, Norway

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

Event Staff

John Castle

Giorgio Cassella
Technical SEO Specialist

Technical SEO Specialist @ Evoluted. Prev: Head of Marketing @ Tutorful

Baiju Shah
Lead VC @ Campus Capital

Economics with Finance Undergraduate at the University of Sheffield interested in careers in asset management. Interested in High Growth Startups and technology companies.

Kisha Bradley

Eva Barabas
Software Engineer @ NHS Digital

Eva is a designer, developer and maintainer of Ruby applications working at NHS Digital. She co-organises the Sheffield Ruby User Group, and is a Young Professional Representative at BCS South Yorkshire. She's also an attendee and organiser of coderetreats, hackathon runner up, and wannabe speaker.

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