Techstars Startup Weekend Culture & Tourism Plymouth Online
POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

23-25 April 2020


plymouth@startupweekend.org
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Culture and Tourism Online 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 Culture and Tourism?

Last year Condé Nast Traveller magazine picked Britain's Ocean City as one of the top ten places to travel 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.

But it's no secret that last year has been tough for the culture and tourism industry - now is the time to take your ideas for a new product, service or experience to the next level.

In collaboration with partners and experts from a range of business backgrounds we're inviting creative people from all across Plymouth, AND BEYOND, to join us for another online Startup Weekend with a focus on Culture and Tourism. We want to find those new and innovative ideas that will make Plymouth THE cultural destination of 2022 or improve Culture and Tourism GLOBALLY and help bring them to life. With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to arts, music, tourism and more...

It's time for the innovators and changemakers to shine! Let your own experiences or desire to travel inspire you. Whether you have ideas to improve experiences for tourists visiting your city, the next cultural attraction itself, or to make travel around the world easier, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

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.


Scroll down the page to see the full schedule

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!

How do I register? Plymouth Startup Weekend is a full, weekend long experience – 54 hours to be exact! Anyone can register by Thursday 22nd April here, and your ticket includes:
  • 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? 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.

Recording the event
Please be aware that some of the event will 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.
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Culture and Tourism Online 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 Culture and Tourism?

Last year Condé Nast Traveller magazine picked Britain's Ocean City as one of the top ten places to travel 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.

But it's no secret that last year has been tough for the culture and tourism industry - now is the time to take your ideas for a new product, service or experience to the next level.

In collaboration with partners and experts from a range of business backgrounds we're inviting creative people from all across Plymouth, AND BEYOND, to join us for another online Startup Weekend with a focus on Culture and Tourism. We want to find those new and innovative ideas that will make Plymouth THE cultural destination of 2022 or improve Culture and Tourism GLOBALLY and help bring them to life. With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to arts, music, tourism and more...

It's time for the innovators and changemakers to shine! Let your own experiences or desire to travel inspire you. Whether you have ideas to improve experiences for tourists visiting your city, the next cultural attraction itself, or to make travel around the world easier, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

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.


Scroll down the page to see the full schedule

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!

How do I register? Plymouth Startup Weekend is a full, weekend long experience – 54 hours to be exact! Anyone can register by Thursday 22nd April here, and your ticket includes:
  • 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? 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.

Recording the event
Please be aware that some of the event will 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.
Mentors

Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Tony Richardson
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.

Samantha Jackman
My experience in educational and business settings has helped me develop an approach for supporting organisations to thrive, particularly when it comes to diversifying workforces, employing apprentices, hosting internships and developing skills. For the past three years, I have specialised in working with museums and heritage organisations to deliver projects that engage and inspire, nurturing creative talent and creating impact in the sector.

My interest in the commercial side of the creative sector and the development of opportunities has led me to undertake freelance work on a diverse range of projects, nurturing my interest in business activity, product design and the use of technology within culture and heritage.

Scott Grenney
Scott Grenney is a Digital Media Consultant, with over 12 years experience based in Plymouth. Owner of Eddystone Media and Co-Founder of One Plymouth helping to celebrate the #BestOfPlymouth. Scott specialises in building digital communities and supporting businesses, organisations and events to thrive online.

Scott enjoys working alongside businesses helping them to create bespoke packages to showcase and boost their business/event exposure online through use of Website, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising and Live Events Coverage means.

His clients range from SME's from multiple industry sectors, Council and Business Improvement Districts.

Scott is the FSB Plymouth Committee Hospitality and Tourism lead and is on the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership BID advisory panel. He has been working with hospitality and tourism businesses in the city and waterfront in various ways for over 10 years.

Siobhán Lavelle
Siobhán Lavelle MCIPR, Managing Director, Cornelle Communications
Siobhán has worked in marketing communications for over 25 years, building and managing the reputations of regional, national and international organisations both as a consultant and in high-profile positions within the UK public sector and for global FTSE 100 companies. Siobhán established her own consultancy in 2011, supporting clients across the UK with strategic programmes that ensure impactful communication with their target markets, to achieve and exceed their business goals. Siobhán is an accredited ibd business advisor, a member of the Association of Business Mentors and also mentors for The Princes Trust.
Roger Osorio
I'm the problem guy, I love digging deep into customers and their problems so that aspiring entrepreneurs can get off to a faster and more successful start with their solutions.

Founder @ The School of Reinvention where we empower people define success on their terms and reinvent themselves to go get it 💪 I also teach entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Lawrence College. Former math teacher. Long time member of the Startup Weekend family - organized over 10 events and facilitated over 50 events around the world.
Carly Britton
As Head of Client services at VUALTO Carly uses her management expertise to ensure a smooth delivery of the latest video technologies to major broadcasters and Parliamentary organisations. She manages multiple teams and is constantly looking at the dynamics to ensure she leads a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Carly is a multi-award-winning innovator. She has a strong passion for equality and this has inspired her to found #GIRLCODE: a coding club aimed at girls. She is a very active leader in the technology space and has won the Women in IT Awards Advocate of the Year 2020 and TechWomen100 Awards 2019.

Carly is a woman on a mission to inspire the next generation, she is constantly ensuring she is up to date with the latest technology trends and always strives to educate the people around her.
Diane Mansell
Diane Mansell – CEO Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Inc. pic

Diane has 16 years Place Management experience, BSc Combined Honours in Public Policy, Management and Business Administration, Gold Award in Britain in Bloom and received a Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2020.

Her experience has been focused on the strategic regeneration of a number of economically important communities. Establishing several town centre companies built around place management principles and robust monitoring systems. Utilising a variety of place management techniques and local knowledge has led to investments totalling in excess of £50 million pounds.

Working her way up from grass roots to strategic management with a proven track record of developing and maintaining strong partnership relationships. She has hands on experience delivering at all levels of place management with significant experience in managing complex organisational relationships. Using a target driven approach and full control of business planning / development, service delivery, financial management and setting / delivery of KPI's, experienced in commissioning successful place-based regeneration projects via cross-departmental and inter agency / organisational working to deliver economic development across BID areas.

Gavin Jones
Gavin is the artist that couldn't draw, the digital student that couldn't code and the business owner who started out thinking that turnover was something you did to a steak to cook the other side.

All that considered he is the Managing Director of multi award winning digital product studio Elixel. Since co-founding Elixel in 2012, the agency has supported clients of all shapes from household names like JP Morgan and Game to early stage startups like Cofftea.

Gavin's experience is almost as vast and varied as his hobbies. It is this experience that enables him to support clients to adapt to challenges, build better products and solve real problems. All while having a bit of fun along the way.
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.
Gopal Patel
Fintech and Proptech investor and entrepreneur with a specialism in Venture Build and value creation across real estate and related sectors.

Having previously operated within Cloud Services, Gaming and Family Office, Gopal now plays a leading role at Esya – a new form of Startup Studio and Venture Capital platform, that co-founds and partners to seed and build impactful businesses at pace. He sets corporate strategy, driving overall technological infrastructure and manages multi-stakeholder settings to champion thought-leading companies. The Esya portfolio includes Proptech pioneers such as Plotify and Coadjute.

Gopal has served as a founding partner for 'The Common Room', alongside participating companies The Age of No Retirement, Legal & General, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Innovate-UK, the UK Government's Innovation arm. Its' goal is to redevelop current community models with respect to design and function, to better serve society.

Speakers
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.
Rob Love
CEO and Founder of Crowdfunder UK.

A serial entrepreneur who has always insisted on basing his companies on the beach so that he and his team can benefit from getting in the water as much as possible.

Rob is currently the founder and CEO of Crowdfunder.co.uk A company that has raised nearly £100m for ideas that 'might just change the world'.

From his HQ in Newquay Rob and his team have supported thousands of positive impact projects to become reality.
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/

Dan Pritchard
Dan runs Astley Media, a fast-growing marketing and brand development agency for players in the tech space. He is also co-founder of Tech South West, working with over 2500 leaders, entrepreneurs and advocates across the tech ecosystem. And he has fun with guitars, board games and road bikes.
Toby G MBE
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...

Kate Farmery
Kate has worked in the cultural sector for 25 years. As Deputy Director at Manchester City Galleries, she led many cross-sector culture and tourism initiatives and commissioned the award-winning creativetourist.com. As Executive Director of Torbay Culture, she secured £1.2m from the Great Place Scheme to drive the region's place-based approach to cultural development and oversaw the creation of theshorely.com. Now, as Head of Business for The Box, she is working with tourism colleagues to position Plymouth as the UK's hottest cultural destination. Her dream holidays have always involved countryside, the sea and art galleries, so all of this is entirely selfish.
Amy Shakespeare
Amy is CMP's Innovation Manager, head of research and development for the charity, with a focus on the use of immersive tech in museums. As part of her role, she is Project Manager for the wAVE Project which has created five immersive experiences for museums in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and during 2020 founded the international Museums Immersive Network. Amy recently completed a MA in Heritage and Interpretation, and was awarded the Professor Susan Pearce Prize for her dissertation, 'What If We Want To Give It Back? The Potential of Democratising the Repatriation Process in Britain'. Amy is now working towards a PhD exploring how museums interpret material culture repatriation for the public and the longevity and ethics of the relationships created by return - provisionally entitled 'Exhibiting Absence: The Anti-Colonial Spaces Left by Repatriation,' during her spare time.
Judges
Richard Stevens
Richard Stevens was born in North Devon and is proud of being a West County boy, having lived and worked all over Devon and Cornwall; Richard is committed to ensuring that our cities, towns, rural and coastal areas receive the focus and investment they need to enable everyone who lives here to be successful and valued.

Richard Stevens has enjoyed a 31 year career in public transport, he was appointed as Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus in May 2012. In addition, he is the current chair of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; chair of the Plymouth Area Business Council, chair of the Plymouth Growth Board; Chair of Governor's for All Saints Academy. As a Heart of the South West LEP board member Richard Chairs the business leadership group, is deputy chair of the Strategic Investment Panel and deputy chair of the Local Transport Board. He is on the Devonport Task Force, One Plymouth, the Peninsular Rail Task Force. Richard is a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon; he is committed to working with all strategic partners, to ensure that the voice of business in Plymouth, Devon and the region is strong, unified and playing to its collective strengths.

In his spare time Richard enjoys Sailing and Rugby.

Mehjabeen Patrick
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.
Fiona Wotton
Fiona Wotton is Chief Executive of Creative Kernow, Cornwall's leading creative hub and cultural and creative industries support charity. Prior to this she was a member of the senior management team at the organisation - running Cornwall 365, the cultural destination programme and popular What's On events listings platforms since 2014. Her PhD (Exeter 2015) explored creative communities as complex adaptive systems. Fiona was awarded a Clore Fellowship in 2018/19. She lives near St Just in the far west of Cornwall.
Amanda Lumley
Amanda Lumley is currently Executive Director of Destination Plymouth. She has a wealth of experience in tourism from leading UK national attractions such as Chester Zoo and Leeds Castle, to regional tourism partnerships Visit Essex, Visit Kent and most recently Plymouth, where she has been leading the tourism sector for over 8 years.

As well as being the voice of the city's visitor economy she leads on strategic issues including marketing and digital strategy, events, major development projects, public space and place making.

Amanda is a Director and President of the Tourism Management Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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 teenage boys Panos 16 & Georgie 14, 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

7th April 2021
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 23rd - Sunday 25th
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
Supporting Sponsors

Prize Sponsors
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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Contact
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E-mail: plymouth@startupweekend.org



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