Startup Weekend Sheffield

    Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sheffield

Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016

Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Rd
Sheffield, UK S3 7RD

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Who will claim victory at the next Startup Weekend Sheffield?

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 backgrounds in entrepreneurship, design and development. 

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!

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday June 24th

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 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 June 25th

9:00 am
Served from The Diamond Cafe. Use your breakfast voucher!

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

10:00 am
Coaches arrive
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm
Grab a bag and pick your own packed lunch! Eat it in or out and about.

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

7:00 pm
Hot dinner served from The Cafe. Grab some much needed fuel to get you through the rest of the evening.

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Pitching workshop (optional)
Taking place in The Cafe. Informal session with some of our expert coaches.

11:00 pm
Go home and get some sleep! Big day tomorrow.

Sunday June 26th

9:00 am
Served from The Diamond Cafe. Use your breakfast voucher!

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Pitch Practice
Our experienced mentors will give you feedback on your pitch and demo

1:00 pm
Hot lunch served from The Cafe. Eat up. Last chance to get a hot dinner before final presentations!

2:00 pm
Finalise presentations
These last few hours should be spent finalising and practising your presentation.

3:00 pm
Go to WR1 and tech check your presentation and demo.

5:30 pm
Tidy up and move!
It's the final countdown. Clear your workspace and get into WR2 ready for final presentations.

6:00 pm
Final Presentations (WR1)
Time to shine! You have 5 minutes to pitch and demo, with 3 minutes questions from judges. Good luck!

7:30 pm
Judging and Dinner
Served from Workroom 2. Relax. You're done!

8:00 pm
Winner announcements
Are you a unicorn?

9:00 pm
At Revolucion de Cuba. 2 for 1 cocktails!


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.

Event Judges

Emma Cheshire
Co-Founder and CEO @ Dotforge

Emma has a wealth of experience in technology innovation, adoption and integration, and fund management. As a co-founder of Dotforge she was responsible for raising the initial investment funding of £500,000. Since 2015 she has focused on Tech4Good, working with investors to establish Dotforge Impact as an internationally recognised programme for technology-led social innovation.

Emma also co-founded Futurelabs, a leading hub for technology startups and scaleups in Leeds, and is a founding board member of Capital Enterprise North, supporting tech startups to access support and early stage investment.

Martin Bryant
Community Editor @ Tech North

Martin is a technology journalist with a particular interest in European startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media. Based in Manchester, he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community, and co-founded TechHub Manchester, a shared working facility for technology startups. He is now Tech North's Community Editor, helping provide a voice for the people, companies, organisations and ideas that are pioneering the new digital economy of the North.

As broadcasting graduate, Martin is well-versed in the British media industry and moved into the online media sector after having worked in education, helping children learn TV and radio skills.

Sara Pates
Head of Enterprise @ University of Sheffield

Sara heads up all things enterprise at the University of Sheffield, where she has driven forward the reshaping of startup support for students and graduates.

Sara is also a Director at Sheffield Technology Parks, a Director at Enterprise Educators UK, and is working to connect communities and entrepreneurial networks through the Sheffield City Region.

Peter Roll
Freelance Design Engineer

Peter is a freelance design engineer with years of experience in developing exciting ideas into successful, life enhancing products. He has worked at world class companies such as Cisco and Nokia. Peter has a holistic view of product design, managing development from requirement, concept through to production engineering and product launch.

He'll be looking for innovative ideas, products that solve real problems, and a good demonstration of your product's development over the weekend.

Coaches and Mentors

Liz Mercuri
Programmer and Game Designer

Liz has been flexing her mentor muscles for a little while now, taking part in initiatives such as the BAFTA Young Game Designers workshops and Django Girls. She is also an award winner! Liz was named a Microsoft Women Game Changer 2016, highlighted in Develop 30 Under 30, and was awarded a Prince William Scholarship by BAFTA/Warner Bros to study for her masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Talk to Liz about all your coding troubles. She will be particularly interested in ideas within the gaming industry over the weekend. 

George Bettany
Programme Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Ignite Accelerator

George Bettany is Programme Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Ignite Accelerator, the UK’s leading pre-seed accelerator programme. He is a mentor and advisor at the pre-seed accelerator programme. George is the founder of Matchchat and founded Now Native in 2014. With his experience as board advisor, mentor and founder for several startups and startup teams, George is the person to talk to about your business development and lean startup questions. 

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.

Ben Aldred
Full Stack Developer, Technical Consultant & Community Builder

Ben helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into profitable businesses. He is a full stack, ‘pragmatic programmer’ specialising in applying startup experience and an entrepreneurial mindset to building high-quality web products and applications. Ben also organises Europe's largest Lean Startup conference, Leanconf, as well as building the lean startup community in Manchester.

You should talk to Ben throughout the day on Saturday. He'll have great advice whatever stage you're at with your build.

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.

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.

Dan Dukeson
Director of Engineering

Dan is Director of Engineering for, and was formerly co-founder and COO of Sheffield-based startup Receptive - which was acquired by Pendo in April. Pendo provide solutions to drive product adoption, customer loyalty, and team innovation. Dan has been through the startup journey a few times and is now part of a newly minted unicorn startup - following Pendo's announcement of $100m Series "E" funding in October.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The 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

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Filippos Protogeridis

Filippos is a User Interface Designer based in Athens, Greece. With great interest in emerging technologies, usability and innovation, he has been a member of several university research groups as well as board member of student entrepreneurship organisation ThinkBiz until mid 2014. Filippos has worked with technology oriented companies in Greece (Warply, as a UI/UX Designer focused on web and mobile, and is currently also serving as board member and creative director for Sneak Aces, Athens-based streetwear clothing brand. His aim is to effectively combine functionality with clean aesthetics in order to deliver solid, useful products. 

Event Staff

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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Elizabeth Shassere
Founder and CEO @ Textocracy

Elizabeth Shassere has over 20 years of leadership and management experience. From large government agencies to startups, she has led teams through transformation and improvement. She is currently founder and CEO of Textocracy Ltd.
Elizabeth wrote her first book, Becoming a Fearless Leader: A simple guide to taking control and building happy, productive, highly-performing teams, because she believes anyone can feel confident to lead when given simple, clear guidance on basic team leadership principles.
She coaches at startup weekends and volunteers with Gaza Sky Geeks because she believes in the power of future leaders in entrepreneurship to change the world for the better.

Oh and she started Textocracy at a Startup Weekend Sheffield, that she won! So knows what makes a great pitch!

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