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TechHub Manchester

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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.

Startup Weekend and Silicon Valley comes to the UK are teaming up to bring the craziness of the 54-hour long events simultaneously in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Cambridge this coming November. Those events will bring developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

What is specific about the Startup Weekend-SVC2UK events?

Teams will be free to work on any startup they want but they will have access to UK government data sets from to build startups. Participants will use this data to produce high impact applications/websites to unlock the power of public data to help “rewrite the rules of the new economy”

After the weekend, the top startups will be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony in central London in November and will also get the chance to fight in the Global Startup Battle taking place between the 130 Startup Weekend events during GEW.


Is Manchester too far for you?



Nov 9
  • 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 10
  • 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 11
  • 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
Platinum Sponsor

Martin Bryant

Managing Editor at The Next Web   |  

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.

Jessica Williamson

Community Manager at Springboard   |   LinkedIn

Jess is an upbeat Californian who is looking to shake things up in the UK tech startup scene.

After studying Economics and Business at Northwestern University in Chicago, Jessica moved to Edinburgh and was one of the first two students to complete an MSc in Science & Technology Policy & Management.

Jessica then moved to Cambridge to help run the new startup accelerator programme called Springboard. When she is not blogging intensely in the mornings, or up late attending random events, you'll find her sorting logistics or running around lost in thought.

"There is a lot of talent here and it's a magical experience to be a part of it all."

Prof Alasdair Rawsthorne

University of Manchester, Founder of Transitive   |   LinkedIn

Alasdair has taught Computer Science at the University of Manchester for over 20 years. His research at the University has been focused on microprocessors and microcomputers, and their associated operating systems, device drivers, compilers, and development environments. In 2000, he founded Transitive, based on technology developed in a University research project, to deliver cross-platform virtualization software to the industry.

Transitive is now the most widely-used virtualization solution world-wide, adopted by computer manufacturers such as Apple, IBM and Intel, and used by over 20 million users.

Transitive was acquired by IBM in 2008.

Greg Young

Business Associate at Passion Capital VC   |   LinkedIn

Internet professional with over 8 years experience gained with leading brands in areas including venture capital, business analytics, product operations, product marketing, social community management and financial operations.

Acting as 'gate keeper' to Passion Capital portfolio, sourcing dealflow and managing pipeline. Making initial contact with potential investment companies to assess strength for follow up interviews with partners.

Supporting portfolio companies as 'tiger' resource for micro projects aimed at making impact in unsupported areas of their startup business.

Gold Sponsors

Colin Tan

CEO Rentlord   |   LinkedIn

Colin manages product and customer development at Rentlord at 500 Startups and Seedcamp company. He holds an NFoPP Level 3 certificate in residential lettings and management. Before Rentlord, Colin was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar specializing in the intersection between technology and culture.

Ric Roberts

CTO & Co-Founder of Swirrl   |   LinkedIn

Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, NoSQL and Linked Data expert. Founding member of OpenDataManchester.

Ric brings a huge wealth of open data experience to teams at StartupWeekend considering a lot of the government API's we'll be using were developed by Ric's company!

Ben Hookway

Experienced Technology Start Up Founder and Executive. Also Co-Founder of TechHub Manchester   |   LinkedIn

I've been in the technology sector over 15 years in sales, marketing, business development and the founding, funding, and selling of tech companies.

In early 2009 I became CEO of Vidiactive, bringing elegant consumer experiences to web video by joining up the use of multiple devices.

Along the way I have been start-up and industry advisor to multiple companies.

Ben has been just announced as a co-founder of TechHub Manchester the location for Startup Weekend Manchester and first TechHub outside of London in the UK.

Ivana Sendecka

Founder & Chief Movement Officer   |   LinkedIn

Ivana Sendecka (say Sendetska) is passionate about building tribes, digital strategy, design thinking, lifelong learning and inspiring people to make our world a better place. Sounds pretty fluffy, huh? Check out how she walks her talk:

Ivana founded NGLS - Next Generation Leaders of Slovakia, a platform for emerging leaders in Slovakia. She facilitates a community around her blog Inspiring Shipments, known as SCG - Super Cool Gang. She delivers inspiring workshops around the globe. Read her story featured in the book The Truth About Leadership or simply reach out and ask her personally.

Jerry Ennis

Strategic Advisor - Venture Capital Unit at UKTI   |   LinkedIn

Business angel and business builder.

Venture Capital investor with a focus on communications, wireless, mobile internet and social media.

Rich Wilson

VP Sales & Marketing at   |   LinkedIn

Import•io is data, simply. It’s the single place for all your data needs. A data exchange connecting data suppliers with data users, large and small. A single API for all data sources.

Joeli Brearley

Director of Culture Code   |   LinkedIn

The CultureCode Initiative is a programme of events and activities designed to bring the cultural sector and the digital sector closer together to promote better understanding and to seed future collaboration. The pilot phase of the project was presented by NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues and funded by Arts Council England with a separate independent evaluation being conducted. A further event is scheduled for later in the year and future funding is currently being sourced.

Joeli directed all aspects of the Initiative from inception through to completion including production, finance and programming. The project involved over 400 artists, cultural professionals and creative technologists. Over 45,000 people were reached via Twitter with almost 4,000 unique visitors viewing the dedicated project website. 9 Specialist speakers were programmed plus 10 seminar sessions and 2 performances. The Arts Council stated ‘The Project has been managed superbly’ and the independent evaluation said the project ‘was a triumph’ and it ‘fulfilled all it set out to achieve.’

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