Startup Weekend Sheffield - Global Startup Weekend!

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, UK S3 7RD

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Welcome to Startup Weekend Sheffield!
Here’s your opportunity to turn problems into solutions in 54 exciting hours. Work with other 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 take the stage - 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 'the unknown.' 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 18th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 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

7:45 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 November 19th

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 November 20th

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Ruth Amos
Serial Entrepreneur and Engineer

Ruth Amos is a Managing Director for StairSteady Ltd, StairSteady Products and DROLS. Ruth is also a Trustee for Young Engineers and is on the Your Life Board, a project aimed at getting more young people into STEM. Ruth also is a trustee for Greenbelt, an Art, Faith and Justice Festival, and she does a wide range of public speaking through Room 54.

Event Judges

Rupert Wingate-Saul
Investment Director @ AXM Venture Capital

Rupert is Investment Director at AXM Venture Capital, where he manages investments into creative and digital companies in North West England.

Rupert sits on the board of a number of venture-backed companies in sectors including FinTech, ticketing, big data, video gaming and predictive analytics.

Emma Cross
Investment Executive - Seedcorn

Emma works at Finance Yorkshire and Enterprise Ventures as an Investment Executive. Enterprise Ventures is one of the leading providers of venture capital and small loans to small businesses in England and Wales.

Emma is always on the look-out for great ideas that need backing.

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. 

Helen Clark
Independent UX Designer

Helen is an independent UX consultant and designer leading the creative direction and user experience of product and web design projects. She creates empathetic, accessible and user-centred products that also meet business needs and goals. Helen will be looking out for a thoughtful approach to user experience in your MVPs. 

She writes. And she speaks.

Helen is an organiser of TedXDerby so she knows a well-delivered pitch when she sees one.

Coaches and Mentors

Johnny Pawlik
Managing Director at Mantra Media

Johnny is a digital strategist and international agency director, with over 15 years experience in online marketing. He has been a guest on Good Morning Britain, the BBC political debates, BBC Radio with Rony Robinson on ‘My Life so Far’ and other television documentary programmes. He has consulted with the European Parliament, the NHS, the board of Opera North, at Generation Sheffield, Leeds City Council, UKTI and a plethora of others. Johnny's strategies have been implemented by the public, private and charity sectors. 

Simon Ince
Directory Technology – International, at Sky Betting and Gaming

Simon runs the technology team focused on growing SkyBet’s products into international markets. Before that he was at Microsoft, working with leading consumer tech brands such as Spotify, SoundCloud, and Viber. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, lean startup principles, technology and gadgets!

Laura Baines
Founder at onShowcase Limited

Laura is the founder of two technology startups, both of which went through the Dotforge accelerator programme. Flowify raised multiple rounds of equity funding and was awarded as one of the UK's Top 50 Creative and Digital Businesses. Laura's current startup, onShowcase, is a social enterprise focused on helping schools communicate with parents via social media. 

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!

Mark Goddard
Design Director at Paper

Mark is known for his strong design thinking and passion for research and design. He's also an advocate of the agile methodology. He's a service designer, evolving over the years from researching and designing websites to looking at how these products affect the services they're part of and the people that use them. Mark is also known as a UX designer, an interaction designer or a user researcher, but he'd rather you didn't label him ;) 

He's a big fan of keeping things simple.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sheffield - Global Startup Weekend! 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

  • Kisha
  • Samantha
    Deakin Hill
  • Lauren
  • Giorgio


Gerson Ribeiro
Empreendedor Tático

Gerson Ribeiro é engenheiro eletrônico formado pela UFPE, empresário e hipnoterapeuta. Nos últimos anos ministrou treinamentos presencialmente para empresários em 15 estados do Brasil e em varias cidades nos Estados Unidos, Europa e Reino Unido.

Event Staff

Ted Ki Tae Kim

Ted is a serial Startup Weekend attendee and previous organiser. You may see him messing with the AV/tech... or pointing a camera at you :p

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.

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