Techstars Startup Weekend Sheffield

    Friday, April 3 - 5, 2020


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Sheffield

Friday, April 3 - 5, 2020



Friday, April 3 - 5, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Hallam iLab
40 Pond Hill
Level 6
Sheffield, UK S1 2BG

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Your idea 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 sheffield@startupweekend.org     
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 3rd


6:30 pm
Registration
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
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 April 4th


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 April 5th


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
Go Home!



Speakers


Maria Keshavarz
Director @ Spice and Herb Emporium / de-NOVO

Maria Keshavarz, 4th generation organic saffron grower from the Middle East, is a 25-year-old local entrepreneur. She is a director of three business across two industries, one of which supplies award-winning organic saffron and spices to Michelin star restaurants worldwide. She has collaborated with international treasures such as Nigel Slater, Ottolenghi, Andi Oliver, Albert Adria and more recently Frederic Larquemin (Executive chef at Palace of Versailles). Her recent creation at de-NOVO is a range of exotic flavours of gin and cellos that combines the long history of her families heritage with the new experiences of her dual nationality.
Maria is currently in her final year of her MBA at the University of Sheffield and hopes to continue her endeavours post-graduation by expanding her two recent ventures internationally.

Event Judges


Samantha Deakin Hill
Founder and Director at Campus Capital

Samantha Deakin Hill is the Founder of innovative venture capital firm, Campus Capital. She has 8 years experience of supporting high growth potential businesses to scale and has mentored these ambitious founders from concept validation and first product launch, through to Seed and Series A investment and beyond. Samantha is a Techstars Community Leader and Global Facilitator and is the curator of Startup Digest, Sheffield's premier startup events calendar. She lives for events like this and loves the opportunity to see ideas right at their birth at Startup Weekend. Outside of work, Samantha is also Mummy to a gorgeous little girl, reads epic fantasy novel series, and occasionally climbs the odd rock.


Billal Jamil
Managing Director at The Public Speaking Academy

He is a senior thought leader in the Business Communication delivering to in excess of 10,000+ clients over the last decade. 

Billal has worked with senior officials from prominent Governments and Military organisations including the US, British and Pakistani Militaries. He is the go to high-level trainer to Whitehall Leaders and Diplomats from South Africa, Indonesia through to the Royal Jordanian Protocol.

His other portfolio includes Corporate leaders from institutions such as the Financial Times, Citi Bank, HSBC, AMRC as well as well known Premiership footballers and Professional boxers learning the art of speaking and media communication

Billal is an MBA from Imperial College a Project Professional with qualifications in Prince2, MSP and a Master Level NLP practioner. He is the founder of the High-Impact Academy Speak-Method that he Guest lectures in at various Universities across the world.  


Maria Keshavarz
Director @ Spice and Herb Emporium / de-NOVO

Maria Keshavarz, 4th generation organic saffron grower from the Middle East, is a 25-year-old local entrepreneur. She is a director of three business across two industries, one of which supplies award-winning organic saffron and spices to Michelin star restaurants worldwide. She has collaborated with international treasures such as Nigel Slater, Ottolenghi, Andi Oliver, Albert Adria and more recently Frederic Larquemin (Executive chef at Palace of Versailles). Her recent creation at de-NOVO is a range of exotic flavours of gin and cellos that combines the long history of her families heritage with the new experiences of her dual nationality.
Maria is currently in her final year of her MBA at the University of Sheffield and hopes to continue her endeavours post-graduation by expanding her two recent ventures internationally.


Coaches and Mentors


Phil Hornby
Director | Trainer | Consultant | Entrepreneur at SOT Consulting

Phil helps technology-based product teams to be successful. He works with startups, scale-ups and corporates alike across pure digital products to physical products. 

He has taken part in and coached at a lot of Startup Weekends so has a good idea of what it takes to be successful. This weekend he is going to talk to you about Business Models and especially the Business Model Canvas.


Vansay Vivanh
Product Designer at Tutorful

Vansay (pronounced 'von-sigh') is a North American product designer residing in Sheffield and working at the local startup, Tutorful. He has been doing design for over 10 years in both the US and the UK. His experience includes working on websites, applications, design systems, and brand consistency. Vansay won the Startup Weekend Sheffield events in 2018 and 2019. He’s an advocate for inclusive design and learning to make products more accessible.


Giorgio Cassella
Head of Marketing at Evoluted

Giorgio is Head of Marketing at the award-winning Sheffield-based web development and digital marketing agency, Evoluted. He also organises Sheffield's favourite marketing meetup, Sheffield DM. Working with international clients and a few local favourites including The University of Sheffield, PuckStop and Henderson's Relish, Giorgio's previous experience includes time as Head of Marketing at local startup Tutorful, where he led growth from a team of 4 in a cramped office through to 30 employees with millions in revenue. Alongside three years as a Community Leader for Startup Weekend Sheffield and Startup Weekend Derby, he knows a thing or two about starting, growing and scaling startups! 


James Ridgway
Director at The Curve

James is an experienced Software Engineer and Leader of Engineering Teams.Since graduating with a First Class Honours Masters degree in Software Engineering from The University of Sheffield James has worked across numerous technology stacks from Android development and web development through to data science analytics and building distributed platforms of microservices. His approach to engineering is quality focused, with an emphasis on consistency, best practice and technical excellence.Experienced in technical leadership James has transformed poor-performing, high-attrition teams to delivering regularly and consistently. In transforming teams, James has re-built team cultures, instilled best practices, embedded continuous improvement processes and enabled individuals and teams to reach their potential.


Paul Ridgway
Director at The Curve

Paul is an experienced Software Engineer turned Strategic Technology Leader. Since graduating from The University of Sheffield with a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Software Engineering Paul has turned his hand to Technical and Operational Leadership, co-founding and growing a successful technology start-up in the UK to become a sustainable global business worth millions of pounds and employing over 100 people. In addition to the original design and build of the entire technology stack, he hired and developed a team of over 80 engineers and other technology professionals and led them to deliver high-quality software, on time and on spec, to customers all around the world. Paul operates successfully at all levels of business working with developers, product teams, leaders and executives, often acting as a bridge between different business functions, translating requirements into specifications, expressing highly technical concepts with easy-to-digest real-world metaphors and designing solutions for complex problems. Paul's interest in Engineering extends beyond Software to electronics, embedded systems, and other real-world applications.


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 judging!  


Philip Slade
Marketing Strategist

Marketing Strategist, mentor, and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience split between network agencies and three start-ups. Working on a wide portfolio of brands from FinTechs, whisky and luxury cars. A multi award winning Creative Director who changed careers and retrained to become a Planner. Talent for launching innovative, collaborative working practices to propel business forward, with success in creating integrated marketing initiatives. Most recently Philip has been Director of Strategy for Jaywing plc headquartered in Sheffield.


Helen Williams
Founder and Coach at HEW

I followed the usual route of going to College and University to then climb the corporate career ladder, even heading for London where there was the promise of the streets being paved with gold. Fast forward 4 years and I now run 2 successful businesses. I decided enough was enough and I had to take control back. 

Based around my own experience, knowledge, mistakes and challenges I formed HEW, a personal development and coaching brand designed to Help Entrepreneurs Win. Working from the foundations up to create successful and sustainable businesses. A proven process working with 3 main pillars of the brand; Health, Excellence and Wealth, entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the UK are learning how impactful they themselves are to their overall success. I don't see this as a job or just another business.... it is my responsibility to help you. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Sheffield 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

  • Lei
    Nicandro
  • Phil
    Hornby
  • Denislav
    Ivanov
  • Susan
    Ismail
  • Youssef
    Maharem

Facilitators


Puja Thiel

Born in Kenya, raised in Bahrain and lived in India, Netherlands and Norway, I enjoy collecting the best things from all cultures to build a sustainable and caring future for everyone. I am driven by the desire to create meaningful solutions, whether it's at the lab playing with DNA or at home experimenting with zero-waste chemical-free cosmetics and slow food.

In Norway, I am working to bring together public and private stakeholders to discuss sustainable innovation and build programs to educate and motivate future generations to find creative solutions to some of our most pressing issues today, especially in today’s food systems.



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