Startup weekend returns to the South West Peninsula and Exeter this month as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 16-22 November 2015. This is the 2nd and only Startup Weekend in the South West Peninsula. Winning teams will have the opportunity to pitch at the Global Startup Battle (GSB), the biggest startup competition in the world, with more than 250 events taking place over 10 days in over 100 cities.
If you think you have a novel product, idea or code, and like turning problems into solutions, or just want to learn what it’s like to launch a Startup Business in 54 hours then join us for Exeter’s second Startup Weekend over the weekend of 20-22 November 2015 and you could be in with the chance of entering the Global Startup Battle.
We are delighted that the Exeter event will be facilitated by John Beadle, Director of Startup Weekend, who will be flying in from San Francisco. John said: "Start-up Weekend is an intense, action oriented, learn-by-doing event ready to equip participants with the skills and experience necessary to be an entrepreneur. The weekend creates a situation in which developers, designers and business people alike learn how to interact and function as a team."
Startup weekend isn’t just for entrepreneurs or those with a polished business concept it is open for everyone irrespective of sector age or experience. Stewart Noakes, seasoned entrepreneur and co-founder of TechHub in Bangalore and Boston is a firm supporter of StartUp Weekend having attended several events around the world.
Stewart said "Anyone thinking about developing a new idea, either in a new business, or as a product or service from an existing business, can benefit from attending a Startup Weekend. The weekend is a fantastic place to test the waters. It is one of the quickest ways to test an idea and determine whether a business is viable. Some of the start-ups I’ve met here are ready to compete on the global stage, indeed some already are".
Mark Lomas, Partner and Head of Ashfords LLP's Intellectual Property Team, attended and judged the previous Startup Weekend. Mark commented:
"The first time the University ran the event it was a real success and it was great to see so many enthusiastic and creative entrepreneurs sharing their ideas. We are delighted to be on the judging panel and to be sponsoring the event again this year, and we look forward to seeing the high calibre of ideas and working with such inspirational people."
Robin Jackson, Director of the Innovation and Science Park Centres, Exeter said: "Since our first Startup event in July we are growing a strong start-up community around Exeter and are seeking more participants to secure Exeter’s place on the map as a hub for smart businesses – a smart city."
This year's sponsors include; Ashfords LLP, University of Exeter, Crowdcube, Innovation Centre Exeter and Techhub.