Techstars Startup Weekend Social Impact and Innovation Lancaster Online
19-21 February 2021
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Johannes Reindl
Hey people!

My name is Jojo. As the facilitator I'll guide you through the event. I got my first contact with SW back in November 2017 where it changed my life on the stop. My goal is to create the best SW experience for you.
Jonny Kinross
Former Social Worker, prior to becoming CEO of the Grassmarket Community Project, Jonny founded My Adventure, Edinburgh's leading adventure company and youth social enterprise. He is a Director of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network and previously Director of Streetfit Scotland and Chair of Grassmarket Business Improvement District. Jonny is passionate about social justice and seeks innovative social enterprise opportunities and partnerships to change the lives of the most vulnerable in society. His portfolio of social enterprises have won many awards including: Best Not for Profit Café in Scotland 2019, UK Community Cinema of the Year 2019, Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 and Best Performing Business (Edinburgh) 2018 – the only time a charity has won such an award the History of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Jonny was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in 2018 for his innovative use of business to serve communities, and was highly commended as a Scottish Social Enterprise Champion by the Scottish Parliament in 2019. His joys include nature and making Grass Cuttings – Grassmarket' s very own podcast.
Kiki Callihan
Kiki is a co-director of Precious Plastic Lancaster and the Communications Coordinator for FoodFutures, a local sustainable food partnership. She's worked freelance for the past 15 years as a marketing and branding consultant. With experience selling multimillion-dollar properties and managing international publications, Kiki left these "opportunities" to further the work of sustainable SMEs and community projects. She believes that sometimes you have to make your own definition of success in order to create the world you want to live in. Kiki finds purpose in creative problem solving and repurposing items considered 'waste.'
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Camillo Pandolfi
For more than a decade, Camillo has been working in Unilever and his main job is to lead teams getting the business better understand and anticipate ever changing people needs, wants, and aspirations, with more sustainable and purpose-led solutions.
As Enactus Coach for the Lancaster University teams, he likes to believe that he can offer some value to you from the intersection of his two complementary evidence-based practices, Marketing Strategy & Innovation and Leadership Coaching. And from his rather eclectic background, as he has studied Business, Statistics, Psychology, and currently is completing an accredited certificate in Executive Coaching.
Camillo's personal purpose is "to help us see things from a fresh perspective, unlock more and better options, and get at the top of our game."
Michael Gibson
Michael has spent the last 30 years starting and growing businesses. He launched Internet World magazine in 1999 before selling the business; started and sold an event promotion business; and then moved to Lancaster, where he built the digital agency Fat Media to over 70 staff and a national reputation before exiting that too. He's now the MD of Miralis, a company tackling carbon emissions in transport, logistics and supply chains and a Director of ecommerce retailer UK Bathroom Store.
Bekkie Hull
Bekkie is the Creative Director of brand consultancy and design studio, Two Stories. With a specialism in branding and design, Bekkie's passion for creativity can be seen in everything she does. Her ambition to help businesses grow through strategic design work and carefully considered design solutions have seen her create work for some of the biggest and most well-known brands in the UK, as well as more traditional, niche, and family brands across many different sectors.
Robert Ellis
Rob is the MD of Two Stories, a brand consultancy and design studio. With years of experience centered around marketing, digital design, and technology, Rob looks at a business from the outside in, helping brands think differently and to spot new opportunities. With a particular specialism in brand and digital, Rob helps brands tell their story online.
Amanda Brooks
Amanda is an Enterprise Education Development Manager with the Lancaster University 'Work in Progress' team. If you want to progress your project or idea after your 54 hour start up weekend search in Progress to get in touch! With a wealth of experience in corporate, private, community and startup ventures, and through her learning as an Innovation Fellow of Stanford University, Amanda has a broad understanding and appreciation for the development and implementation of new ideas or projects. Amanda is passionate about supporting individuals to realise their potential and to make a difference in the world.
Danny Morton
Danny is a Lancaster alumni currently working at Mastercard as an Analyst within the Digital team. Working in security, Danny works on a range of APIs related to tokenisation and online transactions.

Danny is also an Alumni of Enactus, Startup Weekend, and World Changers. In 2019, he co-led a team of 20+ aspiring changemakers in South Africa on a range of social projects, co-hosted SWLAN19, and raised just shy of £1000 for the Computer Science Society.
Patrick Lauruol
My mission as a startup & growth coach is to help new founders, freelancers and small company directors to set up their business and grow their business profitably.
I aim to be action focused, pragmatic, independent, impartial and systematic in the support I provide.
I set up Pirate Startups as a more fun way to provide business coaching and consultancy. I use stories and analogies when relevant, to help people understand the key concepts in business, and to help them find the right path forward toward their goals.
Greg Wallace
Founder & CEO of UniRoomy, the "TripAdvisor" for student accommodation.
A social entrepreneur at heart. I have a strong interest in advantaging communities and engaging users with high quality design concepts. I delve into the entire development process to bring these concepts to life, and actively maintain, improve and iterate them.
Dominic Chippendale
I am the co-owner of a new technology company called O-Innovations Ltd, and I am responsible for the commercialisation of our O-Wind turbine. My primary area is in new product launch and I have experience in the real estate sector.
Hannah Simons
Hannah Simons is Head of Sustainability Strategy at Schroders. In this role she works in partnership with our client facing and product teams to deliver a cohesive set of investment options to our clients. Prior to this she was Head of Fiduciary Management, she joined Schroders in 2015.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, knitting and reading.

Hannah has a BSc in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics. She also holds the certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Perry Francis Ogom
My name is Perry Ogom, a graduate of Lancaster University. I am the co-founder of The company was founded in October 2019 with a vision to link UK SMEs to emerging markets and enable them discover trade opportunities. It is a business platform built to bridge the information gap for UK businesses who intend to trade in Africa. shall deliver business opportunity discovery for UK exporters of value-add agro-processing machinery, targeting African markets, specifically Uganda where agriculture employs 70% of the population. It shall provide relevant, detailed and useful grass-root business information about business opportunities for the two countries.
Richard Baguley
Richard is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded his own business in 1999, and has worked as a part-time tutor and facilitator at Lancaster University Management School for over 14 years.

His business, GDR, has worked with blue chip clients, including Corona Extra, one of the world's biggest selling beer brands; Virgin Trains; Sport England; the Olympic Torch relay start at Land's End and leading public sector service provider Capita.

He has worked on a number of programmes at the Management School, including the MBA, as well as new venture planning and growth programmes. Richard also runs weekly drop-in sessions with the Work In Progress team, supporting new start ups.

Formerly an award-winning journalist, Richard has built a successful PR and communications career over the past 30 years, working on behalf of major corporates in the UK and internationally.

These have included Shell and the Ferrari Formula One team, Hewlett Packard Europe, Reebok, international beer giant Grupo Modelo and the world's largest toy company, Mattel. He has delivered turn-key projects throughout Europe, as well as in North America, South Africa, India and Mexico.

A former member of the CBI's North West regional council for 10 years, he is also a non-executive director of the Grand Theatre Trust, Blackpool, and a trained Restorative Justice facilitator.
Tor-Elesh Albrigsen
Lancaster Alumni and currently a Nordic Markerting Executive for one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK.

Passionate to help drive businesses, explore and elevate innovations and constantly identifying and improving bottlenecks.
A business consultant and owner of my own coaching practise. Passionate about helping new start-up owners formulate winning plans and teams. Also a Gallup Strengths coach helping entrepreneurs use their natural talents to build their competitive edge.
Leon Seefeld
Leon is a LUMS graduate and former Enactus Lancaster VP Projects, originally from Germany. Since being introduced to the idea of impact business, he co-founded and led several initiatives in this field and is now pursuing a startup venture that helps established SMEs build own impact business models. On the side, Leon has a passion for personal development, adventure sports, and photography.
Lauren Ashcroft
Lauren Ashcroft is the founder of UltimateYou, a company on a mission to empower entrepreneurs, students, and professionals to reach their biggest goals.

Lauren funded the launch of her business in 2020 through a successful Kickstarter campaign, she has received funding from the Hamburg Creative Society and has recently been featured in Women's Health Magazine.

Her first product, the UltimateYou Planner is transforming the lives of people around the world, who are adopting the strategies and tools to bring more productivity and calm into their days.

Rachel Cox
I am an Enterprise Education Development Manager with the Lancaster University Work in Progress team. I have a keen interest and passion for social enterprise and ethical business, having previously set up and managed social enterprises in Scotland for 20 years. With this experience, I am well equipped to support future entrepreneurs and change makers within the Work in Progress community.
Tech Tools
Event Schedule
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st
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
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:

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to
Local Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Lancaster team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Local Sponsors
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