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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. (Return fare (actually 2 singles, it was cheaper) from as little as £27.50)

What’s it like attending at a Startup Weekend?

Watch this video of Startup Weekend Toronto and find out.

Schedule

Friday

Jun 8
  • 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

Jun 9
  • 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

Jun 10
  • 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!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Speakers

Councillor Cherry Beath

Bath & North East Somerset Council Cabinet Member   |   LinkedIn

Cherry's commercial experience includes being a Director of Swordfish Management. From 2003 she ran workshops in the creative fields, self - employed business, and selling. Cherry has worked professionally as a business mentor.

Cherry is a recent Chair of the Standing Committee of the Charter Trustees of The City of Bath, and the previous Shadow Spokesperson for Major Projects and Economic Development.

Charles Grimsdale

Partner, Eden Ventures   |   LinkedIn

WHAT ARE VENTURE CAPITALISTS LOOKING FOR IN EARLY STAGE INVESTMENTS AND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS

Charles is a co-founder of Eden Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies. He spends his time looking at opportunities within the digital media sector due to his prior experience in the space. Most notably Charles was founder of On Demand Distribution (OD2), a digital music distribution provider which today powers the digital music services of many major online brands. The company was acquired by Loudeye in 2004, and subsequently acquired by Nokia in 2006.

Philip Thomson

Managing Director, Loyaltynet   |   LinkedInGoogle+

DON'T FEAR YOUR START-UP

After 25 years working for large corporations, Phil set up his own company in the late 1990s. While specialising in helping businesses sell their products and services more effectively and thereby enabling them to achieve their sales targets and goals, Phil’s other passion is “the still untapped potential of the Internet”. As described in his blog, “The Long Distance Internet Entrepreneur” which he says is “An ongoing story of Inspiration, Perspiration and trying to make Friends with a Billion People ......as well as trying to sell something to just a few of them!"

Judges

Cherry Beath

Bath & North East Somerset Council Cabinet Member   |   LinkedIn

Cherry's commercial experience includes being a Director of Swordfish Management. From 2003 she ran workshops in the creative fields, self - employed business, and selling. Cherry has worked professionally as a business mentor.

Cherry is a recent Chair of the Standing Committee of the Charter Trustees of The City of Bath, and the previous Shadow Spokesperson for Major Projects and Economic Development.

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.

Simon Bond

Head of Bath Ventures   |   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.

Charles Grimsdale

Partner, Eden Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Charles is a co-founder of Eden Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies. He spends his time looking at opportunities within the digital media sector due to his prior experience in the space. Most notably Charles was founder of On Demand Distribution (OD2), a digital music distribution provider which today powers the digital music services of many major online brands. The company was acquired by Loudeye in 2004, and subsequently acquired by Nokia in 2006.

Sean Smith

Director, Matox Technologies   |  

Director of Matox Technologies with responsibility for business development. Sean joined MatOx from Bath Ventures where he was responsible for commercialising the University of Bath’s life sciences,
medical devices and diagnostics portfolio. Sean was also Chairman of
SETSquared’s New Business Creation Board. Previously he was Director, Technology Commercialisation and Licensing at Intrinsiq Materials, a spin-out from Qinetiq.

Prior to this, Sean spent nearly 10 years with Ciba (now part of BASF) in a variety of roles, including Head of Business Development and Technology Licensing, where he was primarily focused on new technology commercialisation and strategic business development. He has extensive experience in both start-ups and established companies including Honeywell, Penzoil and Baker Hughers and has served in roles ranging from business management to technology acquisition and licensing.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Mentors

Rosie Bennett

Associate at Catalyst Venture Partners   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Rosie has an editorial, production and management background in
Broadcast and Interactive Media. She worked at the BBC and at European
cable operator UPC Media before joining Catalyst as an Associate. She
currently works with Start Ups and Growth Businesses who are seeking
to raise venture capital funding. This mainly involves creative and
strategic planning as well as assisting in business modelling and
development of business plan and financials. Rosie is also currently
involved in launching a startup in the Collaborative Consumption
space.

Tessa Cook

Managing Director E-Commerce, Dyson   |   LinkedIn

Tessa is the Managing Director of E-Commerce at Dyson, one of the UK’s most successful and innovative businesses. This is a global role in which she leads Dyson’s e-commerce, digital marketing, CRM and social media activities. She heads up a team of 50 people who manage, develop & maintain Dyson’s 95 web sites around the world.

Previously she worked in B2B media where she was MD of Planet Retail, a global online start-up, and prior to that she was the Publishing Director of Retail Week magazine and events. Tessa has an MBA from Stanford, California, and started her career as a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

John Lynch

Co Founder at Climbing Fish. Founder of Digital Ministry (Australia’s largest digital marketing innovation blog site)   |   LinkedIn

Experience of large scale marketing strategy formulation and execution, front-line business development and sales management. Entrepreneurial with a deep passion for innovative ideas.

Experience of talent identification, team building & mentoring. Highly experienced in guiding marketing strategies & business operations.

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

Founder Push Entertainment/Push Merchandising   |   LinkedIn

Simon has been at the forefront of the digital entertainment industry for 15 years. Following a successful IT sales career at Computacenter PLC, he founded AMX Digital in 1995 one of the UKs first digital media agencies.

He was also named one of Britain's New Media Brats by The Guardian and was in Internet Magazine's first Top 50 business leaders. During a second spell at Computacenter he then founded The iGroup, their e-business division, before spending time in Silicon Valley as VP Strategic Markets at Intertrust. Push Entertainment delivers on-line loyalty solutions for the global music industry working with clients including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, U2 and Mumford and Sons, whilst Push Merchandising owns and runs ecommerce stores for a range of on-line content sites including the Daily Mash, PistonHeads, Dennis Publishing, Haymarket and Holy Moly.

Simon Scott

Startup Business Advisor

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

Paulina Sygulska

Director, GrantTree   |   LinkedInGoogle+

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.

Daniel Tenner

Director, GrantTree   |   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.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Organizers
Philip G Thomson
Tom Cook
Benjamin Howarth
Darren Smith
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