Startup Weekend Sheffield: Global Startup Battle!

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sheffield: Global Startup Battle!

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Electric Works
Sheffield Digital Campus
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2BJ

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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 20th

5:30 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

6:45 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 formalise 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 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
by Deliverd, startup alumni of the Dotforge Accelerator

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

8:00 pm
Pitching workshop (optional)
Our very own @StartupLiz, previous winner of SWSheffield, SWManchester and various other pitch events will give you some tips on how to deliver your winning pitch

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging, Awards and Dinner
While the judges deliberate, help yourself to an awesome buffet, catered by The Real Junk Food Project

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Sam Chapman
Co-Founder at The Floow

Dr Sam Chapman is innovation leader and co-founder at The Floow, a Sheffield tech company that launched in 2012 and now employs over 50 people. Sam will tell the story of The Floow and how they've evolved from a small startup to breaking into worldwide business ranging from Argentina to China in just three years. Entertaining, educational, and inspiring.  

Event Judges

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.

Anne Nortcliffe
Mobile Learning Technology Researcher

Anne is an Engineering and Computing Academic at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a technology researcher with a particular interest in EdTech and using mobile apps to improve learning and experience. Experienced teaching and developing enterprise and entrepreneurial in computing students. You'll be aiming to impress Anne during your product demos with what you've achieved technically over the weekend.

Toby Hyam
Creative Spaceman

Toby is Co-Founder and MD of Creative Space Management and has 15 years' experience leading and advising on the development of advanced manufacturing, digital and clean tech clusters, workspace and services for high growth businesses. He is basically responsible for the creative spaces you could find yourself working from one day.

Alex Wood
Editor in Chief at The Memo

Alex is Editor in Chief at The Memo, unravelling stories of how tech revolutions are changing the world. Alex was also the launch editor of Tech City News, is a regular contributor BBC News, Sky, CNN and CNBC and provides regular online analysis and commentary for The Guardian and CNN. Think... how will you pitch your product to the publications that matter?

Coaches and Mentors

Laura IH Bennett
Customer Development Coach

Laura is Community Engagement Manager for TechNorth facilitating engagement between digital startup communities in the north of England. Previously of Founder Centric, Laura will help get you out of the building, talking to customers and steering you clear away from Survey Monkey.

Brice Fernandes
Director @ Sigma Forge

Brice is a freelance software engineer and entrepreneur. Besides winning Startup Weekend Sheffield twice, he has built several online products from scratch and been a coach and mentor at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School startup accelerator.

Brice has a deep and broad understanding of technology and a wealth of experience with startups. Talk to him about your product, your user experience, your pitch, or if you want to hear startup war stories.

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.

Mathieu Proust
General Manager for Uber (Sheffield)

Mathieu works at Uber, the innovative tech startup that's disrupting the transport industry. He has previously worked at Amazon and Microsoft and was involved with the grassroots startup scene in France before relocating to Sheffield. Talk to him about all your BizDev problems!

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Serial Entrepreneur

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.
Learn how to get involved here

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    Deakin Hill
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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.

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Janet Grant
Business Advisor at University of Sheffield

Janet works at The University of Sheffield in the Enterprise department, providing in-house support and business advice to student and graduate startups. She also manages the University's startup incubation space and co-runs the Pre-Start Programme that feeds into it.

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