Founding a company in 54 hours at Startup Weekend Sheffield

Last Updated: May 1, 2020

Startup Weekend Sheffield takes place this June 24-26. A key event in the UK startup calendar, it can accelerate concepts and ideas into viable startup businesses over the course of just one weekend.

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1. Startup Weekend Sheffield – founding a company in one weekend

THE concept is simple: “from concept to launch in one weekend”. Startup Weekend Sheffield is not just a networker, but an “experiential learning opportunity”, where designers, coders and startup enthusiasts, will take their ideas from concept to minimum viable product in just 54 hours. From zero to founding a company within 54 hours is an enticing prospect.

Participants at Startup Weekend will have access to awesomely talented and experienced coaches and mentors, take part in practical workshops, as well as “a Spotify playlist to die for” for inspiration, and “a whole load of pizza to keep you fuelled”.


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2. What and Where is the Time & Place?

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STARTUP Weekend Sheffield takes place in The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Rd, Sheffield, UK S3 7RD, from initial meet-up on Friday June 24th at 5.30pm through to Sunday June 26th at 9pm. The Diamond is a stunning architectural feature. One of the showpiece facilities on the campus of The University of Sheffield, it has generated interested worldwide for the quality of modern, interdisciplinary teaching it has facilitated since its 2015 opening. The Diamond is the winner of the Innovation award in the 2016 Yorkshire and Humber Region Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards, and was shortlisted for the Yorkshire awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).



3. Who is organising the event?

STARTUP Weekend Sheffield is part of the global Startup Weekend movement. As of June 2016, Startup Weekend worldwide had 23,000 teams and organised more than 2,900 events in 150 countries—creating a Startup Weekend alumni community of more than 193,000 members. In Sheffield, the volunteer effort is led by Samantha DeakinLekisha BradleyJames Home and Ted Ki Tae Kim.



4. What happens at Startup Weekend Sheffield?

FOR the most committed, regardless of business experience? Serious results! Here is a short promotional film about the event, prepared by James Taylor of Roaring Mouse PR, that explains what happens at the event, and how you can benefit from it, with contributions from Samantha Deakin of Startup Weekend Sheffield; Martin Bryant of TechNorth; Annemie Ress, former HR Director for Skype and eBay; Giles Moore, CEO of Airstoc; and Elizabeth Shassere, CEO of Textocracy. The latter pair’s companies grew out of the ideas they took from concept to reality at Startup Weekend Sheffield.




5. Who Are The Guests?

THE coaches and mentors include George Bettany, programme director and entrepreneur-in-residence; Liz Mercuri, programmer and game designer; Ben Aldred, ‘full stack’ developer, technical consultant and community builder; Mel Kanarek, director at TigerNash and Sheffield Digital; and Chrissie Elliott, design thinker. Participants will also benefit from the wisdom of the keynote speaker and experienced judges at the event.


Keynote Speaker: Michael Howe, CEO & Founder, Otus Labs

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MICHAEL Howe is the founder and CEO of Otus Labs, which empowers companies and brands to understand who their customers are. He is a fantastically ‘on point’ keynote speaker not only because he openly shares his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, but he has mentored and judged at previous Startup Weekends and has valuable insights into how to get the most out of the event.


Judge: Emma Cheshire, Founder & CEO, Dotforge

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EMMA Cheshire is the co-founder and CEO of the Dotforge accelerator for pre-seed startups, providing initial invetments, intensive mentoring, and access to global network of leaders and investors to help companies reach their potential. Emma has a wealth of experience in tech innovation and raising investment funding, Third Sector integration and fund management, and is an industry represnetative on the Tech Cluster Alliande for TechCity UK.


Judge: Martin Bryant, Editor at Large

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MARTIN Bryant is editor at large for The Next Web, the innovative online platform that brings insight and meaning to the ever-evolving world of tech. Martin’s comment and analysis has featured on a wide variety of television and radio shows. Based in Manchester, Martin is a co-founder of the city’s Social Media Cafe events, a member of the council of Manchester Digital, and was involved with the founding team behind TechHub Manchester. His expertise in pitching your products to the wider world is invaluable to attendees at Startup Weekend.



6. How do I Know it’s for Me?

IF YOU’RE are a startup business, or have a business idea, then the ‘less talk more action’ ethos of Startup Weekend Sheffield is for you. Billed as an “uncensored taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur” compressed into one weekend, you will gain experience in pitching, team-building, networking, reaching out to mentors, and presenting your idea to a panel of judges with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, design and development. Check out the full agenda here.



7. What are the Admission Details?

THERE are still some tickets remaining for Startup Weekend Sheffield. It could be the most interesting and rewarding 54 hours of your life. Full information on ticketing is available here!


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