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Bath Innovation Centre, Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UB

Following the success of our first Startup Weekend in June 2012, we are delighted to announce Bath Startup Weekend #2 will take place on the weekend of 2nd to 4th November 2012.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 1st October at 10am. Get yours here swbath2.eventbrite.com

Here are some of the highlights of Bath Startup Weekend #1

What is Bath Startup Weekend?

Bath Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

On Friday evening, participants that wish to have 60 seconds to make a pitch, the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a Minimal Viable Product. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

The ticket includes all meals, snacks, as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Oh, and there will be some free beer, too.

The venue will be open for the entire duration of the event. Teams and individuals that want to can work on their ideas day and night.

Who should come along?

Existing entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone who has thought they would like to be a part owner in a new business venture. People of all backgrounds including software developers, marketers, designers, ux/ui experts, online business enthusiasts, and students.

Bath is less than 90 minutes from London, by train. The venue, Bath Innovation Centre, is 5 minutes walk from the railway station.

Tier 1 Sponsors
Schedule

Friday

Nov 2
  • Registration opens
  • Networking. Attendees should mix and mingle with each other as they arrive. Start finding out who has the skills you think you will need if you are pitching an idea, or, if you are not pitching, determine who might be interesting to work with over the weekend
  • Welcome and Speakers
  • Dinner and more networking
  • PITCHES. Any attendee may pitch a startup idea. You will have exactly one minute. No slides, presentation materials, or props allowed
  • Attendees vote for their favourite ideas. Each attendee will have three votes
  • TOP IDEAS ANNOUNCED
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. You may stay and work as late as you like... all night if you and your team members have the energy and motivation

Saturday

Nov 3
  • Arrive as early as you wish (or continue working if you stayed up all night),
  • Simple breakfast & tea/coffee
  • Teams start or continue work on their ideas. During the morning Mentors begin advising and helping teams with the ideas
  • Lunch
  • Calls for needs & skills
  • Work on ideas continues. Mentors continue to help teams one-on-one.
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, further calls for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you like... all night if you and your team members have the energy and motivation

Sunday

Nov 4
  • Arrive as early as you wish (or continue working if you stayed up all night),
  • Simple breakfast & tea/coffee
  • Teams start or continue work on their ideas and start preparing for the final presentations
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Mentors arrive… keep asking questions of them, they are here to help
  • Lunch
  • Work continues, teams should be finalising presentations.
  • Rehearsals and equipment compatibility checks for final presentations begin
  • Judges introduced
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS. Each team will have exactly three minutes to present their startup. (Slides, videos, props and presentation material allowed)
  • Judging
  • Dinner
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  • Closing Words
  • Go home!
Speakers

Mark Farmer

Partner - Eden Ventures

WHAT ARE VENTURE CAPITALISTS LOOKING FOR IN EARLY STAGE INVESTMENTS AND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Mark has 25 years' experience as an entrepreneur and manager in the telecommunications software industry and is a co-founder of Eden Ventures, an early stage software venture fund.

In 1991 he co-founded Metrica Systems, which became the leading supplier of performance management software to the telecommunications industry. During his time there Mark grew sales from zero to $28m, winning over 150 customer installations worldwide. Metrica was acquired by ADC Telecoms in 1996. Mark subsequently co-founded Smartgroups, one of the first communities web sites, (acquired by Freeserve for $95m), and Cramer Systems, which emerged as the leading supplier of inventory systems to the telecommunications industry (acquired by Amdocs for $425m).

In 2002, Mark combined his investment track record with similar ‘entrepreneurs-turned-seed-investors’, to form Eden Ventures.
Mark oversees Eden’s investments in Acunu, Ontology Systems, NewVoiceMedia, Tribold, Tru, Voicevault and VOSS Solutions. He was responsible for Eden’s investment in Apertio, acquired by Nokia Siemens Networks for $240 million.

TangibleFX

REAL LIFE STARTUP
TangibleFX have developed two iPhone apps. The first is calld The iMoov - a wireless iPhone MIDI controller that allows any musician to control effect parameters using body or instrument movement – like an effects pedal but worn wirelessly on the body or instrument. The iMoov plugs directly into existing professional audio devices and DAW softwares.

The second is called the MoovFX Echo - a motion controlled guitar effects pedal that allows the user to plug a guitar into their iPhone and your iPhone straight into their amp, using the motion of the iPhone to control the volume of an echo effect.

These apps free up musicians on stage, allowing them to utilise their musical control in a new, visually expressive way, and provides the musician with a new dimension of interaction.

We're continuing to develop a number of new motion effects controllers that will be available on the app store soon. We're also developing a hardware version of the iMoov, called the MIDI-Moov.

Tom Cook

Sales Director Loyaltynet Ltd   |   Google+

PROVIDING CLIENT VALUE FROM THE START(UP)

Tier 2 Sponsors
Judges

Simon Bond

Innovation Centre Director   |   LinkedIn

Communications professional with international experience in high-technology and new media sectors. My clients, employers & start-ups include: Telecommunications Industry Association, Cable Television Association, Burson-Marsteller, NYNEX, Telewest, AT&T, BT, NTL, Alcatel, Lucent, Avaya, Marconi, Huawei, Vodafone, City Television, Media West, SETsquared and the University of Bath.

Mark has 25 years' experience as an entrepreneur and manager in the telecommunications software industry and is a co-founder of Eden Ventures, an early stage software venture fund.

In 1991 he co-founded Metrica Systems, which became the leading supplier of performance management software to the telecommunications industry. During his time there Mark grew sales from zero to $28m, winning over 150 customer installations worldwide. Metrica was acquired by ADC Telecoms in 1996. Mark subsequently co-founded Smartgroups, one of the first communities web sites, (acquired by Freeserve for $95m), and Cramer Systems, which emerged as the leading supplier of inventory systems to the telecommunications industry (acquired by Amdocs for $425m).

In 2002, Mark combined his investment track record with similar ‘entrepreneurs-turned-seed-investors’, to form Eden Ventures.
Mark oversees Eden’s investments in Acunu, Ontology Systems, NewVoiceMedia, Tribold, Tru, Voicevault and VOSS Solutions. He was responsible for Eden’s investment in Apertio, acquired by Nokia Siemens Networks for $240 million.

Karen Brooks

Projects Director at SETsquared Partnership

SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation. The Partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

Glen Smith

Winner of Bath Startup Weekend #1

Studied Manufacturing Engineering at Brunel University but then started career in Investment Banking, trading FX Options in London and Singapore and rising to senior management positions in UBS and Barclays Capital over the course of 15 years. Developed major web delivered e-commerce trading platforms at both banks over that time, directing a team of 30 IT staff at Barclays.
Since retiring from banking, funded and sat on the board at oneDrum, a UK based dotcom that was VC backed and sold to Yammer in San Francisco which, in turn, was recently acquired by Microsoft for 1.2 billion dollars.
In the wake of the success with oneDrum, the management team formed an angel investment partnership focused on funding firms with game changing technology that will benefit from startup expertise and connections into Silicon Valley.
Current role is Co-Founder and CEO of MapleBird Ltd, a company developing the world’s smallest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a patented new flight mechanism to power insect like flight.
Last but by no means least, was part of a team that won the Startup Weekend competition in Bath in June 2012.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Mentors

Daniel Tenner

Founder Grant Tree   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is CTO and cofounder of GrantTree, Woobius, and Vocalix, and has been a full-time entrepreneur since 2007.

Daniel previously worked at Accenture and studied Physics at the University of Oxford.

Paulina Sygulska

Director Grant Tree   |   LinkedIn

Having studied at UCL, Paulina worked with large German and Polish tech companies building their presence on new national markets. Keen to work with fast moving tech startups, she launched a support network for tech media entrepreneurs on dreamstake.net and helped bring a few innovative products to market. In 2010 she launched a niche R&D fundraising consultancy, having recognised a major need for access to funding without giving up equity.

Firmly established on the startup scene in London and beyond, she sits on panels at funding themed events and runs workshops guiding tech focused SMEs through the meanders of Government funding schemes to ramp up the success rates of their applications.

Dom Moorhouse

Founder of Moorhouse Consulting

Dominic founded Moorhouse Consulting after previously working for Deloitte Consulting as a Manager in their Programme Leadership practice - growing it to a £14m/annum business within seven years.

He has considerable experience of managing large-scale programmes within the Public and Services sectors - involving the enhancement of processes, operations and organisational structure at a corporate level.

Dominic is passionate about the benefits of well-executed programme
management and how, working in close collaboration with client teams, this discipline can lead and drive strategic transformation.

Simon Scott

Simon runs a business working with start-ups and small companies to help them develop their businesses. He currently works with the Innovation Centre in Bath running the start-up support programme, giving business advice and introducing contacts

Tier 4 Sponsors
Organizers
Philip G Thomson
Tom Cook
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