Startup Weekend Swansea 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Swansea 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Dylan Thomas Centre
Somerset Place
Swansea, UK SA1 1RR

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The Welsh Startup Event

Calling all entrepreneurs, hackers, designers, dreamers, change makers and catalysts.

Do you have the best idea for the next best thing? Know how to turn problems into solutions? Think you have what it takes to launch a business in a weekend?
Then, listen up. The Welsh startup event, Startup Weekend Swansea, is back for the third year running!

Startup Weekend Swansea gives people the chance to make their business idea a reality. It's a high energy weekend, where you'll be able to meet new people, pitch an idea or join in with someone else's, and form a business...all over the space of two and a half days!
Fuelled by knowledge, passion, enthusiasm (and some great food and drink!), its a fantastic way to launch a business idea.

Join forces with other entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers and technologists to build real solutions to the world's most pressing problems in just one crazy weekend.
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!

After the weekend all teams have the opportunity to take part in the Global Startup Battle, fighting it out against teams from over 200 other cities around the world to take the crown in the ultimate startup competition.

What's the lowdown?
Friday night kicks off with an open mic - anyone with a business idea can get up on stage and has 60 seconds to convince other people that their idea is the next big thing. Everyone then votes on their favourite pitches and teams form around those ideas. Saturday sees the real work with our awesome mentors, code, design, get customer feedback...all the essential first steps to building a business. Sunday is all about the pitch! On Sunday night you give a 5 minute pitch to the community and judges, who will give critical feedback and pick their top 3 businesses.

Sounds fun! How do I know if a Startup Weekend is a good fit for me?
If you're passionate about wanting to start a business or be part of a startup, this is for you.! Whether or not you have a business idea you will get a lot out of the weekend. Programmers, marketers, strategists, creative professionals, and all around driven people will come together in this weekend of connections and innovation.

What's the Global Startup Battle?
Any team formed during a Startup Weekend held during Global Entrepreneurship Week can enter the Global Startup Battle, a global startup competition with some amazing prizes. In 2013 Swansea team Adlet won and was flown out to Atlanta to receive mentoring from top executives at Coca-Cola!

Free on site parking at this years event.

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday November 20th

6:30 pm
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
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 21st

9:00 am

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 22nd

9:00 am

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

4:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Wrap Up

9:30 pm

Event Judges

Debra Williams
Consultant / Non Exec Director

Debra Williams is one of Britain’s leading businesswomen and an expert on comparison websites, having been Managing Director at both and Tesco Compare.

She built into the UK’s leading web-based aggregator site with some 60,000 hits a day. She is a powerful communicator, and sits on a variety of advisory boards.

Debra has experience at the highest management level having started her career as an Underwriter at Lombard North Central, before moving on to the Britannia Building Society and the data company NCR. Debra was Welsh Woman of the Year for Innovation in 2006, and was recognised as one of the UK’s top 200 business women by the Queen in February 2007.

David Hieatt
Co-Founder of @HiutDenim Co- Founder of the @DoLectures Author of Do Purpose

David left school at 16 and opened a market stall before joining Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency aged 21.

In 1995 David and his wife Claire founded Howies, a sports clothing company which was sold to Timberland before it was bought back in 2012.

David went on to create Hiut Denim, a jeans company based in Cardigan. In 2008 started the DO Lectures, inviting creative people to give lectures on business and ideas.

Anna Bastek
CEO at Wolfestone & VoiceBox

The director & co-founder of Swansea based translation company Wolfestone arrived in Wales from Poland in 2004.

Since then she has grown a highly successful international company whose clients include NATO and the BBC.

A multi-award winning business woman, Anna has been named as Winner of Women of the Future awards: UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 and made The Sunday Times list: 35 Women Under 35.

Dina Henry
Chief Commercial Officer for Charity Aid Foundation Bank

Dina is highly experienced in the banking industry, providing banking services to personal clients, business and charity accounts and implemented various systems and efficiencies in operations and client service areas.

She was previously a Visa UK Board Director in 2013/14 representing member banks and also served on strategic committees at Visa Europe, considering the future of payments and new card and payment technologies.

She is currently the COO at CAF Bank,
which helps people and businesses support the causes they care about, and for charities, provides simple and straightforward day-to-day banking and fundraising services, freeing them up to concentrate on the real work of making a difference.

Coaches and Mentors

David Notley
Founder, Impact Innovation

David is founder and Director of the consulting firm Impact Innovation and also runs the High Growth Startups Programme.

Rachael Wheatley
Owner, Waters Creative Ltd

Director and founder of Waters Creative, a Swansea-based design, creative and marketing studio providing dedicated and professional support to individuals and organisations of different sizes and from a cross section of industry sectors.
I set up Waters Creative Ltd in January 2004. I am a self-confessed workaholic, and mother of two singing, dancing, insomniac daughters who keep me very busy!

Mark Llewelyn

Mark Llewelyn Evans, known as ‘The Baritone’  is one of the UK’s most exciting classical cross-over performers appearing regularly on opera stages, concert platforms across the UK, Europe, the Far East and the USA.

He is a true entertainer who captivates all his audiences who love his stage presence, funny stories, expansive repertoire and stunningly powerful voice.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Swansea 2015 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 Swansea is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Anna Jagric is a Director at BetterSpace, an intelligent platform enabling people to quickly find the right strategy to improve their mental health, and the Founder of Events for Action, an organisation that creates, facilitates and produces transformative events.

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