Techstars Startup Weekend Online Plymouth
13 - 15 November 2020

plymouth@startupweekend.org
Plymouth Startup Weekend Online Edition
Do you have an idea for a new product, service or experience that you're looking to take to the
next level? Do you want to learn how to start a business? Plymouth Startup Weekend is back with
a twist!

Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the Techstars Startup Weekend movement, it is the
place to meet like-minded individuals and be immersed in a weekend of creativity and collaboration
ONLINE.

About Plymouth Startup Weekend Online Edition:
This virtual edition of Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth is focused on supporting and growing our entrepreneurial community in and around Plymouth. The 54-hour event has a new format, but the inspiration, energy and educational opportunities for entrepreneurs is as strong as ever - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners all of whom have been there and got the t-shirt and are ready to help you get started.

This event is for anyone and everyone interested in entrepreneurship! Whether you have an idea to help support the recovery of Covid-19 that you want to learn how to turn into a viable business, or you are already a serial entrepreneur - it's an opportunity for everyone to be inspired, to collaborate and to innovate. Now is the perfect time to think about launching a business; to engage with your community and build a strong following - and there's no better place to do that than online.

Channelling Plymouth's entrepreneurial spirit
Do you have an idea and don't know how to implement it?
Do you want to get involved in entrepreneurship but don't know how?
Are you one of those who believe that the recent crisis creates new opportunities?

Plymouth has recently been recognised as one of the top ten cities in the UK to launch a business, and it's no wonder; we are incredibly lucky to be part of a city thriving with ingenuity and enterprise. In collaboration with partners and experts from a range of business backgrounds we're taking the entrepreneurial spirit of Plymouth online - inviting creative people from all across Plymouth, and beyond, to join us for the first ever remote Plymouth Startup Weekend. We want to find those new and innovative ideas and help bring them to life.

What do you need to bring? Firstly, lots of energy! This may be a virtual event, but as with an in- person Startup Weekend, you'll be practicing pitching your own idea or listening to others. You'll then get the opportunity to vote on what you feel is the most interesting concept, and form teams.

As they say, team work makes the dream work - so bring your collaborative cap. In teams, you'll work together on a business idea: design a prototype that fits the need of your target audience; deliver a pitch; receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and then...likely change your approach entirely!

What sort of ideas are we looking for?
Your idea can address any issue - social, environmental, financial, environmental, or something else entirely - but it must be something you have not worked on previously.

How do I register? Is there any cost?
Anyone can register by Thursday 12th November here, and it is completely free!
What next? Watch the video below to see what you can expect (but imagine it online!), and if you're feeling inspired click on the 'Register' button now! Still have questions? Feel free to reach us at plymouth@startupweekend.org or on our Facebook page.

The best ideas are born and realised through collaboration – there has never been a better time to join the Plymouth Startup community!

This activity is led by the University of Plymouth and is part of the iMayflower project. iMayflower is supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. Find out more about the University of Plymouth's activity here.

Recording the event
Please be aware that some of the event may be live streamed and recorded, for capturing content to be used in online and offline marketing and promotional materials and to be shared with our community. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be recorded, please let a member of the organising team know.
Innovation, creativity and collaboration: build a startup in 54 hours!

SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Plymouth Startup Weekend Online Edition
Do you have an idea for a new product, service or experience that
you're looking to take to the next level? Do you want to learn how to
start a business? Plymouth Startup Weekend is back with a twist!

Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the
Techstars Startup Weekend movement, it is the place to meet
like-minded individuals and be immersed in a weekend of creativity
and collaboration ONLINE.

About Plymouth Startup Weekend Online Edition:
This virtual edition of Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth is
focused on supporting and growing our entrepreneurial community
in and around Plymouth. The 54-hour event has a new format, but
the inspiration, energy and educational opportunities for
entrepreneurs is as strong as ever - you'll connect with amazing
mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners all of whom have
been there and got the t-shirt and are ready to help you get started.

This event is for anyone and everyone interested in entrepreneurship!
Whether you have an idea to help support the recovery of Covid-19
that you want to learn how to turn into a viable business, or you are
already a serial entrepreneur - it's an opportunity for everyone to be
inspired, to collaborate and to innovate. Now is the perfect time to
think about launching a business; to engage with your community
and build a strong following - and there's no better place to do that
than online.

Channelling Plymouth's entrepreneurial spirit
Do you have an idea and don't know how to implement it?
Do you want to get involved in entrepreneurship but don't know how?
Are you one of those who believe that the recent crisis creates
new opportunities?

Plymouth has recently been recognised as one of the top ten cities
in the UK to launch a business, and it's no wonder; we are incredibly
lucky to be part of a city thriving with ingenuity and enterprise.
In collaboration with partners and experts from a range of business
backgrounds we're taking the entrepreneurial spirit of
Plymouth online - inviting creative people from all across Plymouth,
and beyond, to join us for the first ever remote Plymouth
Startup Weekend. We want to find those new and innovative ideas
and help bring them to life.

What do you need to bring? Firstly, lots of energy! This may be a
virtual event, but as with an in- person Startup Weekend, you'll be
practicing pitching your own idea or listening to others. You'll then
get the opportunity to vote on what you feel is the most interesting
concept, and form teams.

As they say, team work makes the dream work - so bring your
collaborative cap. In teams, you'll work together on a business idea:
design a prototype that fits the need of your target audience; deliver
a pitch; receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and then...
likely change your approach entirely!

What sort of ideas are we looking for?
Your idea can address any issue - social, environmental, financial,
environmental, or something else entirely - but it must be something
you have not worked on previously.

How do I register? Is there any cost?
Anyone can register by Thursday 12th November here, and it is
completely free!
What next? Watch the video below to see what you can expect
(but imagine it online!), and if you're feeling inspired click on the
'Register' button now! Still have questions? Feel free to reach us
at plymouth@startupweekend.org or on our Facebook page.

The best ideas are born and realised through collaboration
– there has never been a better time to join the
Plymouth Startup community!

This activity is led by the University of Plymouth and is part of the
iMayflower project. iMayflower is supported by The Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Development
Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. Find out more
about the University of Plymouth's activity here.

Recording the event
Please be aware that some of the event may be live streamed and
recorded, for capturing content to be used in online and offline
marketing and promotional materials and to be shared with our
community. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group,
do not wish to be recorded, please let a member of the
organising team know.
Innovation, creativity and collaboration: build a startup in 54 hours!

SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Carly Britton
Head of Client Services at VUALTO
Carly's career at VUALTO started 8 years ago. She joined the company when it was a startup as a Webcast Engineer. Carly quickly found a passion for developing client relationships and within 8 years she has developed and manages four key teams: Managed Clients, Technical Support, Network Operations Centre (NOC) and Quality Assurance (QA). Carly has built great relationships with her colleagues and is a firm believer that it takes a happy team to run a successful business.

Carly is extremely passionate about encouraging girls and women to consider careers in technology. She is a STEM Ambassador and regularly gets involved with local STEM events. She also visits schools and shares her journey into technology with career talks and workshops at STEM clubs. Carly founded #GIRLCODE (with the support of VUALTO) which is a free coding class for girls aged 8-14 who want to learn to code in a fun and friendly environment.
Tony Richardson
Director and Commercial Development Consultant at LarkOwl,
Tony Richardson is the Director and Commercial Development Consultant at LarkOwl, a company which focuses on generating sustainable income for non-profits from voluntary and commercial sources.
He specialises in business development and income generation and has specific expertise in coaching, training and working with leadership teams to devise new strategies to help their organisations become fit for the future.
Tony is also a Trustee for local C.I.O. Hearts Together, a hospital hotel which offers accommodation to patients, carers and family members, and also supports people affected by heart disease.
Dr. Puja Thiel
Zero-waste expert and sustainability advisor
Dr. Puja Thiel – zero-waste expert and sustainability advisor – combines her passion for sustainability and innovation together with skills in scientific reasoning. Prior to diving into the world of sustainable innovation, she was a Molecular biologist. Tired of seeing legal data manipulation to make big scientific claims and little impact – tell-tale signs of a broken system – she chose to use her skills to support sustainable innovation and raise awareness about sustainability issues. To this end, she has led a global innovation program around sustainable food innovation in Norway and is a Board member and Program manager for NELIS – a global network that empowers young leaders (individuals and corporate partners) working to create a sustainable future. She also gives talks on "the science of eco-friendly living" with the goal to empower anyone to live more sustainably without sacrificing-their-joy-for-living.
Jay Tompt
co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project and Local Spark Torbay & Economics lecturer at Plymouth University and Schumacher College
Jay is a co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project and Local Spark Torbay, and teaches economics at Plymouth University and Schumacher College. He's been at the heart of citizen-led and regenerative economic innovation for the last ten years, for example co-developing the REconomy Centre, the Local Entrepreneur Forum model, and the international REconomy Community of Practice. He's delivered workshops and talks on citizen-led economic approaches in 14 countries. He's also a co-organiser of the CtrlShift Emergency Summit for Change and the Regenerate Devon Summit. Before moving to the UK, he co-founded a green and ethical DIY distribution and retail network in California.
Tony Edwards
Tony is a software developer, public speaker and all round creator of awesomeness who focuses on collaborating with companies in the broader tech industry.

Today, Tony is involved with companies as diverse as voice interface curation, event organisation, and modern media creation as well as releasing products created by the team around him. His award winning time working with Software Cornwall, helping to inspire the next generation of tech talent into fulfilling careers, has led to numerous ongoing mentoring relationships for both individuals and startup companies alike.
Rachael Howourth
Rachael has a 25 year background in sales and leadership and before becoming an entrepreneur, spent 17 years with automotive industry leader, Auto Trader. Rachael has achieved budgets of £97 million, led a UK-wide team of 60 staff and has started and scaled her own training and mentoring companies.

Her high energy approach and client-centric mindset always gets audiences bought in and engaged in the session they are attending.
Eli Zahoui
Smart Citizens Programme Manager at Plymouth College of Art .
Bonjour! I'm Eli, currently looking after the Smart Citizens Programme which is opening Fab Lab Plymouth to communities.
I worked in various countries, on international projects around social entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation. I have experience in managing and coordinating complex cross-cultural projects and I'm currently taking on a new challenge learning digital design and advanced manufacturing skills as it has the potential to empower communities in being locally productive, creative, and sustainable.
I've been a mentor during social innovation competitions and intensive idea generation events, I'll help you with design thinking, theory of change, business model, prototyping and more!
Jonathan Lean
Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Plymouth
Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Plymouth. He has published widely in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship. Jonathan is a former Director of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK), the UK's network for entrepreneurship educators.
Gregg Harding
Business Finance Specialist at Access to Finance
During his early career in business and asset finance, and later as a financial adviser, Gregg supported numerous businesses, equipping them to continue trading through the tough economic climate – experience that he later brought to bear as a Finance Director for a leading Plymouth business.

With Gregg's expertise and guidance, the latter obtained funding for rapid growth, increasing its turnover from £2m to £6m, and workforce from 20 employees to well over 100, in just 12 months. Gregg remains a shareholder and consultant to the facilities management business he helped to form, managing projects for, amongst others, Transport for London/London Underground, Facebook and Skanska.

Gregg has spent the last 10 years using his experience and knowledge to coach and mentor businesses to access finance, and as Project Director for the access to finance project funded in London by J P Morgan, he and his team won the UK SME Finance Award at the London Excel Business Awards in 2016.
Jackie George
Finance Specialist
Cornish born and bred, Jackie started her career with the Royal Navy where she gained considerable leadership and team working experience. Here, she developed her project management, analytical and problem-solving skills.

In 2001, she moved back to Cornwall to pursue a career in economic development. She has led project development teams, attracted significant amounts of investment, delivered a number of projects, undertaken large community consultations and organised large-scale events. Her key sector experience is within the marine, aerospace and aviation sectors. Jackie holds an ILM5 in Leadership and Management.

Jackie joined Oxford Innovation as a Business Coach in 2016 and now works as a Finance Specialist on the Access to Finance programme, bringing invaluable knowledge and success in securing investment from European, national and regional grant regimes as well as the National Lottery programmes and Charitable Trusts.

In her spare time, Jackie is a Girl Guide leader, enjoys keeping fit (with seven marathons completed to date) and gardening.

Rebecca Bettin
Business Finance Specialist - Access to Finance
Rebecca trained as a Chartered Accountant in London with Ernst & Young. Post qualification, she moved to Germany where she continued to work in finance while starting a family.

In 2001, she returned to Cornwall to set up a wooden toy business. Starting a business from scratch and growing it to an award-winning successful operation taught her many business and life skills which she continues to draw on today.

She left the business in 2012 and became Cornwall client manager for the Fredericks Foundation. This charity helps provide start-up businesses with loans where there are issues with credit. She helped many small businesses in Cornwall to start up and get funded.

Rebecca went on to study for an MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University before joining the team at Access to Finance in September 2018.

She brings her business coaching, numeracy and writing skills together to help clients start or grow their businesses and access funding. In her spare time she is writing her first novel.
Nick Bailey
Business Support for the EPIC Project (E-health Products and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) working with SMEs and Start Ups to develop e-health and digital health solutions.
Speakers
Tomislav Kozacinski
Product Design Consultant, Founder, Speaker, Techstars Mentor and Stand-up Comedian
Tom is a Croatia-born, London-based Product Design Consultant, Founder, Speaker, Techstars Mentor and Stand-up Comedian with over 15 years of experience across the digital and organisational landscape. He's a creative entrepreneur, running a Product Design and Development agency and consulting for funded startups worldwide. Tom is a strong advocate of Freelancing and Remote work and is leading a global community of Independent entrepreneurs Indie Club, and hosts a podcast under the same name, sharing stories from his experience and other people on a similar journey. He fancies himself to be a well-organised problem solver and a storyteller.
Wendy Clack
Wendy Clack helps B2B tech companies earn trust with content that makes customers say, "Finally, someone who gets me!" Clients include IBM and LG.
Toby G MBE
Multi Award Winning Hip Hop Artist
Multi Award Winning Hip Hop Artist - Toby Gorniak MBE has been connecting audiences, young people, artists and practitioners, community for over 14 years, locally , nationally and internationally...

He is Fuelled by a deep rooted passion, commitment, determination and philosophy; to help young people to fly, young people who feel they don't have wings or a direction in life. By creating a springboard that empowers and enables young people to be better connected to their value and see their potential whilst understanding the positive impact they can have within their community.
He achieves this through the 10 elements of Hip Hop, Volunteering, Mentoring , and through genuine love and a true trust that every young person, no matter who, has a voice and sound that is worth listening to and amplifying...
Judges
Stuart Elford
Chief Executive of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Chair of British Chambers of Commerce SW
Ben Mundy
Manager of Fab Lab Plymouth
I'm the manager of Fab Lab Plymouth based at Plymouth College of Art and the Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab, an ERDF project providing technical support to SME's in Devon to bring innovate products to market.
Lindsey Hall
Co-founder and CEO of the Real Ideas Organisation group
Co-founder and CEO of the Real Ideas Organisation group, leading and managing the organisation to run it's own social enterprise ventures and enable others, particularly young people to set up and run their own socially entrepreneurial activities, solving problems and building skills.
Mehjabeen Patrick
Creative England's Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Mehjabeen is Creative England's Chief Financial and Operations Officer, responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions across the company. With extensive experience as a Finance Director, Mehjabeen oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for United Nations Association and Stakeholder Forum.
Maria Calafatis
Facilitator
Maria is the Co-Founder at The Cube Athens Workspace.
Athens' largest co-working community, which hosts some of Greece's best experts in technology.
The Cube is also home to most of Athens' technology events, hackathons, innovation sessions, and training events.
Through coding and business boot camps, The Cube is creating the next generation of top tier coders and business makers.
Member of the Startup Weekend – Global Facilitation Team and has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2009, helping organize, facilitate and bring new Greek cities to the SW family, after Athens, Volos, Patra, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, and the latest addon StartupWeekendGreeceCovid19RemoteGlobalEdition, where all SW Greek cities joined forces as one to represent Greece to fight COVID-19 Virtually.
SW junkey, xa, having facilitated over 20 events around the world in cities such as Vlasic, Torino, Copenhagen, Limerick, Saarbrucken, Moldova, ... and Plymouth this Fall.
Her first business was founded at a Startup Weekend.
Maria was invited to join as a fellow to the RSA community in 2016 which provides a platform for the world's leading thinkers, sharing their ideas online, while their Action and Research Centre search for new and innovative ways to solve society's greatest challenges.
She loves challenges and connecting with people with the same mindset as her own and turning nothing into something huge & impactful.
Mother to two young teenage Panos 15 & Georgie 13, loves to travel and staying fit & active and loves trying out extreme sports.
Her Motto: "It's supposed to be Hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it Great"
Tech Tools
Here are the tech tools you will need during this online event!
Plymouth Startup Weekend: meet, greet & learn
Join the Plymouth Startup Weekend team for this virtual meetup. We will dive into the details of the online event and answer any questions!
Event Schedule
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November
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Saturday
Sunday
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
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