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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Overall Winning Team

  • Startup Weekend winners’ trophy!
  • Professional promotional video workshop and production (for entry into the Global Startup Battle)
  • Entry into the Champions Circle of Global Startup Battle

Every team that makes it into the Champion's Circle will get a Builder pass to LAUNCH Conference in 2014

  • Place on TechHub University the new Micro Accelerator starting in January 2014.
  • TechHub Manchester flex memberships for the entire team.

Team with Most Potential

  • Startup Weekend winners’ trophy!
  • Professional promotional video workshop and production (for entry into the Global Startup Battle)
  • Entry into the Champions Circle of Global Startup Battle

Every team that makes it into the Champion's Circle will get a Builder pass to LAUNCH Conference in 2014

Team with Best Execution

  • A load of awesome swag for the entire team from a mystery Startup Weekend Manchester partner.
  • Free tickets to the next Startup Weekend Manchester for the entire team.



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Premier Sponsor

Lee Strafford

Co-founded, built, exited PlusNet ~ now mentor and collaborator @ at UK PLC - Tech Sector   |   LinkedIn

Lee Strafford is an English businessman, the former chairman of Sheffield Wednesday F.C., the Football club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Strafford is also co-founder of NetStart. He was also co-founder and CEO of successful UK ISP PlusNet.

Doug Ward

Co-Founder FACTORY & BE Manchester Visionary   |  

Doug is co-founder of the social enterprise ‘Tech Britain’, which launched in 2012 with the initiative to map out the United Kingdom’s tech startup ecosystems, highlighting and promoting entrepreneurial communities around the country.

Since the creation of Tech Britain, Doug has become an Advisor to the University of Manchester & to Number 10 Downing Street through which he has become a founding member of the UK and Business Technology Cluster Summit Group along with Joanna Shields and the heads of the various clusters across the United Kingdom.

Through an initiative called Be Manchester and unveiling FACTORY, Doug believes this will help realise his personal ambitions as well as those for Manchester to become a top 5 European startup destination, the United Kingdom to be the best place in the world for technology businesses, to buy the world a drink with his future startup, and eventually buy his beloved football team which he wishes to one day turn into a social enterprise.

Platinum Sponsor

Martyn Bryant

Managing Editor at The Next Web   |   LinkedIn

With a particular interest in European startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is Managing Editor at The Next Web.

Based in Manchester, UK he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city.

A Broadcasting graduate, he is well-versed in the British media industry and moved into the digital content sector after having worked in education, helping children learn TV and radio skills.

Toby Cummins

Manager, Wayra UK at Wayra   |   LinkedIn

Working for Telefónica (who own O2 in the UK), Toby is a former commercial
and IP lawyer who's role is integrating the Wayra Academy in the UK. He's
there to make the most of Telefónica's global business, employees and
contacts to accelerate the start-ups they invest in through Wayra.

Wayra provides seed-funding, world class coaching and mentoring, incredible work-spaces, a global network of Academies and the amazing talent accommodated within them, fast-track access to future funding and the potential to unlock the power of c. 300million Telefónica customers globally. In just over 2 years they've accelerated more than 300 start ups. The UK Academy is in London and recently opened a second space specifically for accelerating social enterprise start-ups in partnership with UnLtd.

As well as being a bit of a consumer geek, Toby's also a Manchester University graduate.

Paul Stacey

Director, Fatsoma   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder and CEO at Fatsoma, Paul helps promoters generate more customers.
Fatsoma are a social event ticketing company. They list, promote and sell tickets for events through their unique rep system and comprehensive events management tool set.

Gold Sponsors

Anish Kapoor

Track record of growing and exiting technology businesses   |   LinkedIn

- Serial VC backed entrepeneur, with multiple exits
- Generated brand awareness in both the UK and US (featured by BBC, FT and New York Times)
- Visionary product management leader
- Deep understanding of the linkage between proposition, product, sales and marketing
- Expert fundraiser, having raised over $150 million to date through seed, Series A/B/C rounds and an IPO
- Experienced SAAS and e-commerce marketer, with a track record of delivering cost effective user acquisition and monetisation

Overall - I get stuck in and make stuff happen...

Ben Hookway

Founder, Manager, Funder and Seller of Technology Businesses   |   LinkedIn

Ben is COO at and Isis Forensics, and works with emerging and established technology business. He also holds an interest in other startups including where he is Executive Chairman and consults to VC funds.

He is also an advisor to TechHub, Europe's leading technology startup community which helps startups get better faster though mentoring, the right introductions and peer support.

Mic Wright

Editor-at-large @kernelmag, Editor-in-chief @thepeakhq, TV columnist @theanorak   |   LinkedIn

Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin.

Gareth Burton

Owner, Burton Beavan   |   LinkedIn

Gareth Burton is the accountant that TechHub Manchester believe every start-up should be working with. Gareth is the MD of the most forward-thinking accountancy firm in the North West and represents some future stars of the Northern technology scene. Having spent time with some of the leaders of Silicon Valley, he has spent the last year working closely with Doug and Shaun as one of their closest advisors.

As someone that focuses on action rather than words, he was a Startup Weekend competitor last year and produced some stunning results for his team on business models, lean startup methodology and key metrics. We believe Gareth to be one of the few people in the UK today that truly understand and can implement innovation accounting principles as part of the lean startup framework and, as such, we believe that his knowledge and approach will be invaluable to competitors. At the very least, he’s always a good person to share a couple of beers with!

Andrew Ko

CEO and Co-Founder at Moment.Us   |   LinkedIn

Andrew Ko is the CEO of Moment.Us Ltd., a company he co-founded in 2010 together with his brother, David Ko and Martin Cahill.

Andrew is a thought leader on the social and big data revolution in music, having sat on a music industry panel during Social Media Week in London and speaking on numerous occasions at digital media conferences and the Manchester Business School.

Claire Braithwaite

Founder of Sustainable Beauty E-tailer, Founder of Sustainable Beauty E-tailer,   |   LinkedIn

Claire is a social entrepreneur who has built and exited a VC backed e-commerce business. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and mentors entrepreneurs on financial management and building investment cases. She is a passionate advocate of social & sustainable business and a believer in the disruptive power of entrepreneurs to address the planet's greatest challenges.

Shaf Choudry

Senior Project Manager at Code Computerlove   |   LinkedIn

Ex Banker, LateRoomer & BBC-er // Currently Computerloving @computerlovers // Classically Trained // Hacky Coder // Startup cofounder & cofailer of @twocialapp

Gyles Denn

Growth Startup Advisor at Business Growth Hub   |   LinkedIn

Gyles brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a highly successful career spanning private, public and not for profit sectors. From criminal justice and forensic science to learning and development and organisational development.

During his career Gyles has led and delivered a wide portfolio of change and growth programmes from process design and quality management to cultural change and engagement all in parallel with managing and developing highly effective teams and businesses. He also has the rare capacity to draw on a lifetime of extreme mountaineering and a long career in mountain rescue. Providing him with unique insights and perspective that when combined with business experience not only inspires individuals and groups it can help drive real personal and business success.

Michael Folkman

Director at Four Groups Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Michael is a co-founder of Four Groups. Four Groups have developed tools for understanding how team relationships and culture impact on performance. In particular, Michael is interested in how advances in psychology and neuroscience can be used to help startup teams understand and manage their interpersonal dynamics and culture in order to maximise productive collaboration.

Rob Greenwood

Technical Director for Melbourne Server Hosting   |   LinkedIn

With a proven track-record in the managed hosting and SaaS/PaaS sectors, Rob is a technical leader and infrastructure architect with a passion for implementing large-scale solutions using open-source technologies, building and maintaining carrier grade networks and delivering training and support to colleagues.

Rob is extremely passionate about IT automation, specifically the use of Puppet and other tools to manage the provisioning, configuration, monitoring, patch-management and compliance lifecycle of servers and network infrastructure.

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