Startup Weekend Sheffield: Global Startup Battle

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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Startup Weekend Sheffield: Global Startup Battle

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Enterprise Zone
210 Portobello
Sheffield, UK S1 4DP

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Who will claim victory at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield and have the guts to triumph in the Global Startup Battle?

Welcome to Startup Weekend Sheffield!
Here’s your opportunity to turn problems into solutions in 54 exciting hours. Work with other technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts to build real solutions to the world's most pressing problems in just one crazy weekend. 

If there's a problem you think can be solved with technology, entrepreneurship and good old fashioned grit, this is the place to kick it all off.

Build amazing teams, access awesome mentors and be brave enough to take the stage and present to a panel of judges who have the power to send your startup to battle in a global arena.

This is an uncensored taste of what it's like to be an entrepreneur. The ups and downs; the delights and crises. Startup life is volatile, chaotic and full of danger. Learn how to navigate the lunacy through less talk and more action!

Come spend the most mind-blowing 54 hours of your life with us at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield. See you there!


Friday November 21st

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner and Networking
Arrive at the pitching venue (Portobello Centre) and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

6:00 pm
Pizza, garlic bread, salad, jacket potatoes, chicken drumsticks, etc.

7:00 pm
Welcome and Speaker
Review agenda for the weekend and listen to an inspirational speaker

7:30 pm
Rapid Pitches
Optionally line up to pitch your idea

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

9:45 pm
Relocate to the Enterprise Zone
Follow the organisers and volunteers to the Enterprise Zone

10:00 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.

11:30 pm
Enterprise Zone closes
See you in the morning!

Saturday November 22nd

8:30 am
Enterprise Zone opens
Arrive at the Enterprise Zone. Sign up for meetings with coaches. Focus on customer validation.

10:00 am
Bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, hash browns, etc.

12:00 pm
Group check-in, status reports, call for help. Get started on build/design if you haven't already.

3:00 pm
Sandwiches, salad, samosas, sausage rolls, meats and cheeses, etc.

7:00 pm
Group check-in, status reports, call for help. Get started on presentation if you haven't already.

8:00 pm
Lasagne, pie, chilli, salad, vegetables, rice, garlic bread, etc.

11:30 pm
Enterprise Zone closes
See you in the morning!

Sunday November 23rd

8:30 am
Enterprise Zone opens
Arrive at the Enterprise Zone. Plan time to rehearse your presentation.

9:00 am
Cereal, croissants, yoghurt, fruit, etc.

12:00 pm
Group check-in, status reports, call for help.

1:00 pm
Roast beef, roast chicken, sausages, nut roast, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, etc.

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation.

4:30 pm
Relocate to Mappin Hall
Follow the organisers and volunteers to Mappin Hall.

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

7:30 pm
Sandwiches, salad, samosas, pork pie, meats and cheeses, etc.

8:30 pm
The judges reveal the top teams, and some will receive trophies and prizes!

9:00 pm
After Party!
Join us in Revoluciòn de Cuba for the after party!


Giles Moore
COO @ Campus Capital, Founder @ Rekkommend

Multi-award winning CEO and New Business Director with 15 years’ experience developing and executing effective short and long-term growth strategies, marketing and brand development in both start-ups and long-standing international businesses. Set up own VC funded tech business; Airstoc in 2014, winning multiple awards including the Northern Stars & Tech City UK Award for ‘Best New Start Up’.

Oh and he started Airstoc at a Startup Weekend Sheffield, that he won! So knows how to take it from idea to a funded business!

Event Judges

David Bailey
Creative Director, BBC

David is a Creative Director at the BBC in UX&D, and the owner of Kiosk, a renowned design studio based in Sheffield. He currently oversees the BBC's Global Experience Language (GEL), the visual toolkit used to design and build the organisation's entire online output.

Amanda Parris
Business Centres Manager, Rotherham Investment and Development Office

Amanda has worked for Rotherham Investment and Development Office since 1997 and has been part of the team that has successfully created four purpose built business incubation centres in the Rotherham area. The Centres have been recognised as examples of ‘best practice’ and in 2005 and 2011 voted UK Business Incubator Champions. In 2006 Amanda was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for her work in the creation and support of new start companies.

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon
Professor of Engineering and Enterprise, The University of Sheffield

Elena works at The University of Sheffield where she is Professor of Engineering and Enterprise. She is the Director of Enterprise Education and has also worked to bridge the gender gap in Engineering through her work with Women in Engineering

Andy Nelson
Senior Business and IT Advisor

Andy is an experienced IT and Business Transformation executive with over 30 years experience in retail, financial services, central government and consultancy. Key positions held include group executive responsibility for the successful turnaround programme at RSA Insurance and several large-scale CIO roles including being UK Government CIO. He is now looking to use this experience in an advisory and consulting capacity.

Coaches and Mentors

Michael Howe
Founding Partner @ Campus Capital

Michael is Founding Partner at Campus Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in high growth potential startups, and CEO at Otus Labs, which he founded in 2012 to empower companies and brands to understand who their customers are.

Since the age of 14 Michael has run several successful companies (and some not so successful ones) across multiple industries including e-commerce, digital marketing, manufacturing and technology. He has gained an extremely wide base of actionable knowledge stretching from business operations through to finance, product design, marketing strategy and sales.

Chrissie Elliott
Create Programme Lead / Researcher / Design Tutor

Chrissie has coached at Startup Weekend on a number of occasions, so she definitely knows the drill. Feel free to ask her for a problem solving chat.

Yvonne O'Donovan
Managing Director, Ambel

Yvonne is Managing Director of Ambel, Head of Business and Enterprise at the School of Artisan Food and Founder Member of Hazelhurst CSA Coop and Transition Sheffield. She is a serial entrepreneur in both private and community sectors with a deep understanding of the drivers of enterprise, small business and regeneration.

Simon Scott
Principle Designer @ Razor

Simon is Principle Designer at Razor, a Sheffield based company who put people before technology to solve business problems. His broad range of design experience extends from products to software, and he specialises in service design, user experience and creative thinking.

River Tamoor Baig
Programme Manager, Dotforge

River is Programme Manager at Sheffield's tech accelerator programme, dotforge and co-organiser of Startup Bus. He has personally attended several Startup Weekend and hackathon-style events, including the very first Startup Weekend Sheffield in 2012. His experience has taught him how to put together a winning presentation and he'll be available for you to practice your presentations with on Sunday morning.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sheffield: Global Startup Battle 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.
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Katie Chase
Head of Business Operations


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