Techstars Startup Weekend Marine Plymouth
12-14 November 2021

plymouth@startupweekend.org
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Marine Edition
Calling innovators & changemakers: build a startup in 54 hours!


What is a Techstars Startup Weekend?
  • Techstars is a global community of local event organisers in more than 100 cities worldwide - during the pandemic startup weekend events have shifted online supporting and empowering more budding entrepreneurs than ever before!
  • A startup weekend is a 3-day programme designed for those who want learn how to start their own business
  • Transform your rough idea into a business model in just 54 hours, then pitch your idea (or an idea you are passionate about) to a panel of judges
  • Network, collaborate, learn new skills
  • Then get a certificate from us for taking part!
Why Plymouth Startup Weekend Marine edition?

A global centre of excellence for Marine, Plymouth is one of the largest clusters of expertise in Europe and an ideal test-bed for innovation and entrepreneurship. Home to stunning natural harbours and the largest naval base in Europe, Plymouth will also soon be home to the UK's first National Marine Park.

Alongside all of this, in 2020 Plymouth was also 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 local business leaders and experts from the thriving South West marine industry, we're inviting creative people from across Plymouth, AND BEYOND, to join us for a Startup Weekend with a focus on Marine! This event will support new and innovative marine-themed ideas to emerge and come to life in Plymouth.

With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to marine technology, renewables, cruise and leisure marine to boatbuilding, shipping, marine engineering and more...

It's time for the innovators and changemakers to shine! Let your own experiences or the challenges of the world inspire you. Whether you have ideas to protect the Marine environment or to invent the next autonomous vessel, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

Now is the time to take your ideas for a new product, service or experience to the next level.

What happens?

Beginning with Friday night idea pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and pitches.

At this event 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. 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! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work - so bring your collaborative cap.


Scroll down the page to see the full schedule

What do you need to bring?
  • Notepad
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Anything else that helps you to be most productive
  • And lastly, lots of energy!

How do I register? Plymouth Startup Weekend is a full, weekend long experience – 54 hours to be exact! Anyone can register by Thursday 11th November here, and your ticket includes:
  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend and lots of coffee
  • benefits and discounts from Techstars global partners
  • one-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • 3 workshops, multiple speakers and a whole lot of inspiration
  • a certificate for taking part to show off
What next? Check out our highlights video above for an idea of what you can expect, and if you're feeling inspired click on the 'Register Here' button now! Still have questions? Take a look at the participant FAQs here and feel free to reach us at plymouth@startupweekend.org or on our Facebook page.

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.

Event photography and video

Please be aware that this event may be attended by photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your team, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of the organising team know.
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Marine Edition
Calling innovators & changemakers: build a startup in 54 hours!


What is a Techstars Startup Weekend?
  • Techstars is a global community of local event organisers in more than 100 cities worldwide - during the pandemic startup weekend events have shifted online supporting and empowering more budding entrepreneurs than ever before!
  • A startup weekend is a 3-day programme designed for those who want learn how to start their own business
  • Transform your rough idea into a business model in just 54 hours, then pitch your idea (or an idea you are passionate about) to a panel of judges
  • Network, collaborate, learn new skills
  • Then get a certificate from us for taking part!
Why Plymouth Startup Weekend Marine edition?

A global centre of excellence for Marine, Plymouth is one of the largest clusters of expertise in Europe and an ideal test-bed for innovation and entrepreneurship. Home to stunning natural harbours and the largest naval base in Europe, Plymouth will also soon be home to the UK's first National Marine Park.

Alongside all of this, in 2020 Plymouth was also 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 local business leaders and experts from the thriving South West marine industry, we're inviting creative people from across Plymouth, AND BEYOND, to join us for a Startup Weekend with a focus on Marine! This event will support new and innovative marine-themed ideas to emerge and come to life in Plymouth.

With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to marine technology, renewables, cruise and leisure marine to boatbuilding, shipping, marine engineering and more...

It's time for the innovators and changemakers to shine! Let your own experiences or the challenges of the world inspire you. Whether you have ideas to protect the Marine environment or to invent the next autonomous vessel, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

Now is the time to take your ideas for a new product, service or experience to the next level.

What happens?

Beginning with Friday night idea pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and pitches.

At this event 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. 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! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work - so bring your collaborative cap.


Scroll down the page to see the full schedule

What do you need to bring?
  • Notepad
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Anything else that helps you to be most productive
  • And lastly, lots of energy!

How do I register? Plymouth Startup Weekend is a full, weekend long experience – 54 hours to be exact! Anyone can register by Thursday 11th November here, and your ticket includes:
  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend and lots of coffee
  • benefits and discounts from Techstars global partners
  • one-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • 3 workshops, multiple speakers and a whole lot of inspiration
  • a certificate for taking part to show off
What next? Check out our highlights video above for an idea of what you can expect, and if you're feeling inspired click on the 'Register Here' button now! Still have questions? Take a look at the participant FAQs here and feel free to reach us at plymouth@startupweekend.org or on our Facebook page.

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.

Event photography and video

Please be aware that this event may be attended by photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your team, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of the organising team know.
Speakers
Helen Lofts
Helen Lofts is the founder of Davy J, a British swimwear brand that creates high-end active swimwear, made using yarn regenerated from 100% waste materials including fishing nets and other waste.

Davy J creates swimwear that is designed to 'survive a dive' and targeted at active women. The suits are built to last and the business has an end of life returns scheme to encourage and develop their ability to close the loop on the resources that go into making their products. Helen is an Economist and rising female entrepreneur, winning the Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneurship. Helen launched her brand 4 years ago with the aim of building a business based on the principals of Circular Economy & Design.

Website: www.davyj.org Instagram: @davyjs Twitter: @davyjs

Lindsey Hall
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.
Jess Ratty
Jess Ratty has a thirst for life, an absolute yes person and a passion for working with innovative thinkers and change makers. Jess founded Halo in 2018 after a background which includes working her way up at Cornwall's Eden Project, being a key player in the launch and growth of Crowdfunder, inspiring thousands with a viral LinkedIn video and her own Ted Talk, becoming a BBC 'Expert Women, Co Founding The Cornwall Camper Company and making friends with Richard Branson, Judi Dench, Professor Adam Beaumont, Richard Browning of Gravity Industries and handfuls more of incredibly impressive business founders along the way.

Jess loves embracing the Cornish life, being outdoors, growing plants and spreading her enthusiasm for not leaving the coastal dream for the big city lights whilst still managing to run a hugely successful company working with some groundbreaking companies and brands. The world of Communications is where Jess comes into her own and loves to be, she is everyone's cheerleader and making that passion into her business comes very naturally to her.

Mentors

Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Jessica Holliland
I'm a communications and partnership specialist working with social enterprises and purpose led businesses in the South West. I work locally with Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington as well as a number of micro organisations to create meaningful and impactful communication strategies for their businesses.
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.
Gregg Harding
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.
Nick Dell 'Anno
Nick runs Dell 'Anno Studio. A collaborative design studio in the city of Plymouth. The studio pulls creative skills in from all disciplines to create a team bespoke for each project.

Brand design and strategy is at the heart of what they offer and everyone involved has that senior lever experience provided directly to the client.

Award winning creative from Music festivals to food packaging and now a strong interest in tech and renewables, his team are now creating strong start-ups for space techs in Cornwall, SAAS's and marine tech
Alex Nimmo-Smith
Alex is an Associate Professor in Marine Physics with extensive experience of developing and deploying novel instrumentation in the marine environment.
Russ Cole
38 years of experience in multiple roles, industries, cultures and technologies has given me a very broad set of proven delivery skills mostly around strategic transformation projects in the financial services industry.

I have been responsible for the delivery of numerous high-profile, high-risk projects over my entire career. I have managed complex projects with distributed user communities, infrastructure, support, development and testing teams across multiple time zones. I have also managed vendor relationships on most programmes.

I specialise in defining, delivering and running state of the art solutions on time and budget, leveraging existing assets, minimising risk and maximising future evolution. I very much enjoy building strong teams and developing the careers of my charges.
Stewart Noakes
With experience of starting, building and selling companies in the UK, Portugal, USA and India Stewart now spends the majority of his time in support of others doing the same in roles such as Non Executive Director, Coach and Advisor.

Stewart is also committed to further evolving education with regards to entrepreneurship and digital transformation. He is involved as a governor and trustee of several schools.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stewartnoakes/

Jenny Evans
Jenny Evans is an award winning young entrepreneur and artist. She has sold artwork all over the world, celebrating her passion for nature.

She studied textiles at Cardiff Metropolitan University and while there, won Santander's University Entrepreneur's national competition in 2017, winning a grand prize of £25k. She graduated with a first class hons and went on to set up a high growth, investor backed business in 2018 after raising a seed round of £350k. She managed a team of ten people across two offices, manufacturing luxury homeware and fashion accessory goods here in the UK.

Less than a year after graduating and while running her business, she was also the UK Policy Chair for Young Entrepreneurs for the FSB, lobbying central government for changes in the law to support other young entrepreneurs.

Now Jenny works at YTKO, as part of their fully funded (free!) Outset programme, helping other start ups and entrepreneurs succeed and follow their passions!

Konstantin Leonenko
Founder of the first FabLab in Ukraine (IZOLAB) and founding member of the first hardware business incubator in the UK (Central Research Laboratory), KL over the last 15 years has helped startups, students and artists bring their ideas to life by leveraging new generation of physical-digital tools and technologies.
Simon Cheeseman
Simon Cheeseman is an experienced marine engineer and programme manager, having worked in both the private and public sectors.

Working within the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult's Research and Innovation directorate, Simon manages the Catapult's activities in the Solent area and along the South West from the Catapult's Cornwall office. He is responsible for the Catapult's marine renewables strategy, including wave and tidal development and accelerating deployment of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.

Prior to working with ORE Catapult, Simon was the Marine Programme Manager for the Energy Technologies Institute in Loughborough, England. He was responsible for installation of wave and tidal technology and the design of analysis tools and models for the wave and tidal sector.

During his career Simon has held various senior manager roles with responsibility for high value technology development projects across the aerospace, communications and marine renewables sectors.

Amelia Laundy
Originally from Plymouth I took a gap year in 2009 and didn't return to live in the uk until 2019. My adventures took me to Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, Tokyo, Fiji, Bali and many more!

I learnt to code at a boot camp whilst living in New Zealand for 8 years and have worked as a Software Engineer across many sectors- from e-commerce, AR/VR, to an insurance startup and more recently for Kaluza in the decarbonisation space. Languages I've worked in include Ruby, C#, Node.js, SQL and Python.

I've dabbled in other roles including Product Management and I spent the last year as a Software Engineering Manager. Currently I am a Tech Lead working on the migration of 3.5 million+ customers into our new energy billing system.

Claire Martin
I have been working with Student and Gradate start ups within Higher Education for over 10 years. I am keen to guide and support new ideas to help them flourish and grow into sustainable businesses.

During this start up weekend, remember 'bringing great people onto your team is about demonstrating that size really DOSEN'T matter - PEOPLE DO' Jess Campbell
Mallory R. Haas
Mallory Haas is a maritime archaeologist originally from the Great Lakes in the US; she came to Plymouth to work in maritime heritage and fell in love with Plymouth's breadth and depth of history. She is the director of The SHIPS Project CIC, a non-profit that has been undertaking research and exploration of Plymouth's maritime history and archaeology for over 10 years.

Mallory turned the privately-funded SHIPS Project into a Community Interest Company, diversifying the main project mission to include cleaning up and restoring our underwater world. Mallory has engaged a new and diverse audience for The SHIPS Project, developing new outlets using art, photography and storytelling to create better public engagement with maritime heritage in the South West.

Mallory also leads the new 1000 Tyres Project, a citizen science venture using high resolution sonar and autonomous boats to locate rubbish on the seabed. She is also mobilizing teams of volunteer divers to remove and recycle the rubbish recovered.
Judges
Richard May
Richard led the successful Plymouth bid for Freeport designation. He manages marine investment for Plymouth City Council bringing together marine technical businesses with affiliated research, knowledge partners and the wider ecosystem, this is done under the banner of Ocean Futures. The Ocean Futures aim is to establish Plymouth and the South West UK as an internationally recognised Innovation Hub and a UK National Centre for Excellence for Marine Technology – with leading capabilities in marine autonomy, maritime de-carbonisation, and ocean digitisation. Richard manages Oceansgate, the UK's first marine Enterprise Zone, and a £100M redevelopment project to transform a MoD site with docks and waterside land – now one part of the new Freeport.

Most recently, Richard was Innovation Director at Oxford Innovation managing business support programmes for 140 small tech companies and leading incubation programmes for the UK Space Agency. Richard was a founding partner for Venturefest South and led its Pitchfest programme. He sponsored and founded the Young Start-Up Talent Solent contest for 16 to 25 year old entrepreneurs hopefuls.
Jo Royle
Jo Royle is the Founder and CEO of Common Seas, a social enterprise tackling the plastic pollution crisis by driving new policy, investing in the circular economy and catalysing a cultural shift in how we make, use and dispose of plastic.

The Bristol based NGO was established in 2014 and operates in the UK, Greece, Indonesia and the Maldives.

Jo was awarded the Geddes Environmental Medal and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Society from University College London.

Richard Thompson
Dawn Bebe
Dawn is a founder and director of Crowdfunder having worked for over 30 years in the media industry, launching brands such as UK Grazia and Red magazine.
Puja Thiel
Facilitator
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.
Event Schedule
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th
Friday
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.
Supported by the University of Plymouth as part of the iMayflower project
Premier Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors and Prize Sponsors
Smart Sound Plymouth
Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

Want to join us and our partners in playing a leading role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the South West?

Sponsorship and collaborations is not just about the event experience, your brand can be showcased in a multitude of ways and we are ready to discuss bespoke creative ways in which we can work with you to deliver your brand in the best way possible.

Let's experience and empower the ideas and energy of a better future together.

Contact lead organiser Emily Barrett to find out more.
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.
Miro
As a participating team you're able to apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit. Miro is a tool built for startup teams where you can brainstorm and validate ideas, design products, and apply product frameworks. The link to this perk will be shared by Techstars after the teams have been formed.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Sign up for Miro here
  2. Access the Startup Weekend Participant Board here
  3. Use this template to build your team board for added structure, resources and tools!
  4. Apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit (link will be provided by Techstars during the event)
  5. Wait for the approval from Miro (this can take 5-7 days)
    You'll receive an email from Miro once your application has been approved.
If you have any questions, please email
startups@miro.com


Blog
FAQ
Is this event for me?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you'll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas. We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building,

and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.


Do I have to participate in all three days?
Apart from the organizing team, mentors, speakers, event volunteers and judges, everyone who participates in the event is expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch your final presentation to see all you have accomplished in just one weekend. Please check the registration page of your city's website or reach out to the event organizer for availability.
How do I register?
Every Techstars Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website with a registration page. Please see our events page at startupweekend.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events. There are typically different types of tickets for different skill sets, like 'Business', 'Designer', 'Technical' or 'Enthusiast' for example. Organizing teams sometimes track this to ensure they do outreach to a diverse group with a range of participant backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event's value for each participant by ensuring the team's effectiveness. You can choose the ticket type closest to what your experience is - don't worry if nothing precisely matches your background!
Do I need a team?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate on a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members with diverse backgrounds and experience who share knowledge to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you'll develop an MVP to pitch on Sunday.
What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?
Pitching is open to every participant! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.
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Still can't find what you're looking for? Check out the our full Participant FAQ here
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: plymouth@startupweekend.org



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