Global entrepreneurship week to culminate with Wales’ first ever StartUp Weekend
Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship, will be capped off this year with a Start-up weekend for budding entrepreneurs at the prestigious Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.
StartUp Weekend is a 54-hour competition run by volunteers where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and start-up enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch new businesses.
On the first evening, attendees will be invited to pitch their business ideas, with 12 teams organically forming around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote). There will then be a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
Each team will receive support on developing their ideas from a string of successful entrepreneurs that include Tim Morgan (Mint Digital), James Ketchell (CEO/ Founder of www.serchen.com) and Paul Scott (Founder and CTO at Treasured ltd).
The competition will culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders who will award the winning teams with prizes that include free office space, IT and computing support for a year and on-going access to business mentoring.
Adam Curtis, Co-organiser of the event and CEO of start-up Hoowla says:
“I was part of the winning team of StartUp Weekend London in 2011 and have learned so much from that weekend and others since. The weekend is second to none for helping you focus your start-up idea and build a great team to help you deliver it.”
Startup Weekend Swansea is being supported by a number of great organisations that includeGower College Swansea, Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity St David’s, Swansea Metropolitan, SW Regional Enterprise Hub, High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, Institute of Life Science, Institute of Innovation and Enterprise, Regional Learning Partnership, Swansea Start & TechHub Swansea.
Tickets are now on sale at £50 and cover entry, food and drink. See: http://swansea.startupweekend.org
With great Universities, strong technology and creative communities, a thriving life sciences industry and strong support from the Welsh Government, the Swansea StartUp event will build on Swansea’s reputation as a fantastic place to start a business.