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 London Founders Network

Cofounder Matching, Building and Funding

Learn how to think, work and build a startup in 54 hours and pitch to an investment committee to get funding 

Startup Weekend online

July 15 - 17 2022 

 

Prizes for winning team

  1. Have a chance to get investment up to $100K from DSH Accelerator. See more

  2. Qualified team* will receive a free Fundermental of Entrepreneurship course at Draper University - a rigorous 15-day live online program delivered by legendary entrepreneurs and investors. See more

  3. Free 4 coaching sessions with mentors at Draper Startup House, Visualise Solutions and Startup Circle.

Meetup Event

Who Should Join The Event?

Technical Field

You have a technical edges. You have usually worked on a specific technology for a significant period of time. You have deep expertise in a technology that very few other people do.

You could be a professor or PHD/postdoc students working with the world’s best researchers and academics. You love your academic career, but you’re frustrated by the amount of impact you can have. You want to see what your work can do in the real world by starting your own business.

Or you could be currently working in tech companies with a large salary but still not feel fulfilment. You find the idea of starting your own company more exciting. You're a type of person who only works at your peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow. the odds of success are low, and you have to take personal responsibility for failure. You want to push yourself past your limits, force you to learn faster, and maybe want to see that once in a while the impossible is possible.

You could be currently stuck in high income/high expenses situation. You have mortgages/rent/car to pay, children to look after and are enjoying your current lifestyle. Starting a new business may take them away. The solution could be venture-builder programmes that will pay you a salary while you are building your startup with their initial resources and operational capabilities available.

 

Industry Expert and Business Field

You have experience within a certain industry, and have an insight on how it could be improved. you are constantly frustrated by how your industry works or by how your vertical operates. You have tried to make changes where you work, but feel this has had insufficient impact — you’re ready to change an entire industry. You’re excited about bringing advanced technology to your industry.

Or

You are highly motivated and have skills that can unlock others’ potential. You could be good at sales/marketing, full stack engineers, product management skills...

You want to build a technology startup from the scratch but don't know how. This event is for you. This event will also be an ideal place to find your technical/nontechnical cofounder and raise funding.

Startups with MVP and Early Traction

You are solo-founders or startup teams with MVP/prototype and early traction. You want to find a right funding service, incubator/accelerator/venture builder programmes to help you build your startup successfully. You don't know how to raise funds, how to scale. You don't have enough funds to expand the team and push on marketing/sale campaigns. You can't find a tech co-founder. You can bootstrapping with your own money but you still need money to cover your personal living costs. You can build your startup yourself without joining any accelerators/venture builders but you may have many mistakes that waste tons of money and years until your startup successes.

You don't need to participate in the whole 54 hours event. You can join on the Demo Day Session only on Sunday to pitch your startup to an investment committee.

In a Meeting

Welcome!

LEARN,NEtWORK,FUNDING

Inspired by Techstars Startup Weekends, London Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, team formation, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations for funding.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from entrepreneurs, metors. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, funding or a team to help you execute, London Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Mentors

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Andrew Constable

The Startup Weekend is being facilitated by Andrew Constable, the founder of Visualise Solutions and a certified Leanstack Startup Coach. He has 20+ years experience of working in business and is a member of the Association of Business Mentors and a fellow of the Institute of Innovation and knowledge exchange. He's also an MBA qualified consultant, Forbes contributor & co-author of the book Online Innovation”.

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Aaron Everhart

  • Founder, Board Member, Mentor at HATCH! VENTURES (now Draper Startup House). 

  • Country Representative at KILSA Global.

  • Member Of The Board Of Advisors at ExtraVallis.

  • Founder and CEO at ABLINK - business communications.

  • And more
     

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Paul Osborn

Founder of Startup Circle.

Paul is a Lean Startup consultant and coach with extensive experience in product development, finance, and marketing. Over the last 30 years he has started multiple businesses.

Judges

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Nick Martin

  • CEO & Co Founder at Mission Plus - design UI & UX experiences and build technology for enterprise and scale ups.

  • Venture Partner at Draper Startup House.

  • Entrepreneur in Residence for the BCG Fintech Control Tower.

  • Investment Associate at REAPRA PTE. LTD.

  • Co-Founder at YoloPay

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Giulianna Crivello

  • Head of Ventures at Draper Startup House.

  • Startup Consultant at Independent Consultant.

  • Director of Strategic Growth, WealthUp at Privé Technologies.

  • Deal Associate at Sierra Angels.

  • And more

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Vikram Bharati

  • Founder, Draper Startup House (International). 

  • Head of VC Investments - Across Asia.

  • Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Capital Markets & Mortgage Backed SecuritiesCapital at LendingTree.

  • And more

Event Schedule

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th

Friday
Introduction

5:00 p.m: Event Kick off

 

Kick-off event Livestream by Event facilitator. Review the agenda for the weekend and get introduced to speakers, mentors, and community leaders

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5:30 p.m: Pitch Fire

60 Seconds to Pitch

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6:15 p.m: Voting

Vote on your favourite ideas

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6:20 p.m: Networking/Icebreaker

Fun ice-breaker to prep for pitches

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6:30 p.m: Selected Ideas annoucement

Top selected ideas to be annouced on event communication platform

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6:45 p.m: Team formation

Participants to form team on the event communication platform

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8:00 p.m: Get to work

Participants Start Working

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Organizer's Support available Until: 11:30 p.m.You may stay on the communication platform as long as you wish

Saturday
Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

9:00 a.m: Kick-off

Day 2 kick-off event Livestream by Event facilitator. Review Saturday agenda and annoucing Mentor Session signups (signup opens untill 11:30 a.m)

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9:30 a.m: Workshops (Optional)

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10:00 a.m: Work

Teams get their spaces set up and begin to work

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12:00 a.m: Mentor sessions annoucement

Mentor sessions will be annouced on the event communication platform

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12:30 p.m: Lunch

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1:30 p.m: Mentor meetings

One on one meetings with mentors and teams for guidance and help

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4:00 p.m: Teams Work

Continue working on your ideas

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5:30 p.m: Teams Check-Ins

Check-in with organizing team/ facilitator for any support

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7:00 p.m: Dinner Break

One hour dinner break

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8:00 p.m: Saturday Round Up

Join Saturday Round Up session on Livestream with the event facilitator and setting expectations for Sunday

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Organizer's Support available from: 08:30 a.m until: 11:30 p.m.You may stay on the communication platform as long as you wish

Sunday
Demo Day

9:00 a.m: Kick-off

Day 3 kick-off event Livestream by Event facilitator. Review Sunday agenda, what teams should be focused on, judging criteria, and the tech check and pitch process for later

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9:30 a.m: Pitch Workshop/ Mentoring Session (Optional)

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10:00 a.m: Teams Work

Teams work to finish their MVP, and start working on their presentation

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12:30 p.m: Lunch

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2:00 p.m: Check-ins

Post-lunch check-ins, status reports, and asks for help

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4:00 p.m: Final Presentation submission deadline

Submit final presentation video and deck via Google form by 4 p.m

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5:00 p.m: Virtual Demo Day

Join Livestream for Virtual Demo Day Session

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8:00 p.m: Award Ceremony & Wrap up

Join Livestream for winners annoucement

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8:30 p.m: After Party (optional)

Virtual after party to network with other participants

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Organizer's Support available from: 08:30 a.m until: 11:30 p.m.You may stay on the communication platform as long as you wish

 Participant Perks

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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

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Amazon Web Services

 

> $5,000 in AWS Activate Credits valid for 2 years 

> Register at aws.amazon.com/awscredits

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

Sponsors and Partners

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DSH Accelerator

www.DSHaccelerator.com

DSH invests in the earliest-stage startups:

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN DSH ACCELERATORS:

  • 3 Months in Austin, TX

  • Housing Included

  • Up to $100K Investment

  • Mentorship from Industry Leaders

  • Workshops to help founders get from 0 – 1.

  • Learn from Leading CEO’s and Founders

  • Unique Team Building and Leadership Building Activities to push you outside your comfort zone.

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DSH ACCELERATOR

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Visualise

www.Visualisesolutions.co.uk

We develop entrepreneurs & organisations to shine, scale and make an impact. We build entrepreneurial mindsets, consult about developing better products and improving your growth objectives via a metric-driven approach.

We are an early-stage business & product consultancy based in the heart of the UK. We work with companies to guide them towards their growth & product aims.

We are experts in Lean startup practices, Business model design, JTBD and are official partners of Leanstack. Rapid testing of business & product ideas is crucial. As an official Pretotyping consultancy, we can consult with you and your team to develop quick experiments using a tried and tested method.

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Startup Circle

www.startupcircle.uk

We use Lean Startup to help solopreneurs get their first 100 customers. Month-to-month no-contract consulting and coaching to provide all the tools, techniques, and know-how to help new businesses actually succeed.

FQA

Q: Is this event for me?

A: 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 are 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 London Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.

Q: How can I find ideas?

A: We recommend you should read two articles from EF: Where do ideas come from? and Finding your Edge

Q: What makes London Startup Weekends different from Techstars Startup Weekends?

A:

  • More commitment participants

  • Cofounder matching focus and funding

  • More coaching sessions

  • Focus more on the technical field and industry experts

  • On the Demo Day, the teams will pitch to an investment committee and have a chance to get investment up to $100k

  • This event is available for both aspiring founders and pre-seed startup teams with investment readiness. 

Q: Do I have to participate in all three days?

A: 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. At many London Startup Weekends, a “Sunday Presentation Only” registration option is available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final pitch presentations. 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. 

Note: If your startup has already had a MVP with early traction, investment readiness and you only would like to pitch your startup to an investment committee for fundraising, you can participate in the Demo Day session only at 5 pm Sunday 17th July 2022. 

Q: How do I register?

A: Every London Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website with a registration page. 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 skillsets. This is done to maximize the event’s value for each participant by making sure teams are balanced and effective. You can choose the ticket type closest to what your experience is - don’t worry if nothing precisely matches your background!

Q: Do I need a team?

A: Everyone who attends the event as a participant is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate with a team at the event. This is important to preserve the London Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences who collaborate to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas framework. 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. 

Q: What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?

A: Pitching is open to every participant! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skillset. 

Note: If your startup has already had a MVP with early traction and investment readiness and you only would like to pitch your startup to an investment committee for fundraising, you should select a "Startups" ticket type so you can participate in the Demo Day session only at 5 pm Sunday 17th July 2022. 

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*The qualified team is the team which must satify all judging criteria. See FQA for judging criteria.

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