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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

P.S. Lunch and dinner will be provided over the weekend, alongside snacks and drinks (including lots of Red Bull) to keep you all going during your startup frenzy!

Schedule

Friday

Dec 13
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Dec 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Dec 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap up
  • Go home!
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Judges

James Badgett

Director of Angel Investment Network   |   LinkedIn

James is the founding Director of Angel Investment Network Ltd, the world's largest business angel network. Their aim is to connect business owners looking for funding with private investors, angel investors and other funding sources.

Matthew Stafford

Co-founder of Student Upstarts   |   LinkedIn

Matthew is an investor in later stage digital, tech and creative businesses at Pembridge Partnership Limited, is active in the London tech community and was responsible for bringing a Y Combinator partner to the UK for ycldn. Matthew was recently a guest of the British Council in Latvia, to judge their Young Creative Entrepreneur competition, and is on the Entrepreneurship special interest group at The British Computer Society.

Dr Nadia Danhash

Director of InnovationRCA   |   LinkedIn

Nadia leads the Royal College of Art's enterprise and entrepreneurship centre, called InnovationRCA. There, she is responsible for the Incubator which helps design-led startups from RCA and Imperial College in their early stage.

Sunny Sangha

Founder and Director of The Global EnterPrize   |   LinkedIn

Sunny is Founder and Director of The Global EnterPrize, an accessible, global investment competition that is sympathetic to the demands of entrepreneurship. Their aim is to open up global access to funding and to simplify investment for young businesses. They are giving people with promising ideas and businesses the opportunity to secure an investment of any amount between $1,000 and $500,000.

Coaches

Sahil Chugani

Previous Startup Weekend Winner and Co-founder of Giglist   |   LinkedIn

Sahil is an Imperial College Alumni who already had an eye for entrepreneurship very early on. After graduating from the New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme, and joining Goldman Sachs, he returned to Imperial in March for a Startup Weekend. Giglist (giglist.it) won 1st place at Startup Weekend London 2013 and was runner up at the NEF Pitch Competition in July, where a number of judges expressed a keen interest in the business. The team are already in discussion with music industry professionals about licensing and taking their product to market.

Fabian Hansen

Analyst at PROfounders Capital   |   LinkedIn

Fabian works at PROfounders Capital (www.profounderscapital.com), an early-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. With this experience, he can give direct insight into where investors focus on most and how the funding system works.

Rob Bishop

Engineer & Evangelist at Raspberry Pi   |   LinkedIn

Rob Bishop is an Imperial College London student who was the first engineering employee of Raspberry Pi and now works there on a voluntary basis. With his experience in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Rob can highlight the software-side of any product as well as its implementation in the hardware-side.

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Hakeem Javaid
Andreas Möbius
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