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Big Bang for new business ideas as Startup Weekend comes to Nottingham

 

Posted on 10 October 2013

Fledgling businesses are being urged to sign up for an innovative new event hitting Nottingham  for the first time from the 22nd-24th November, geared towards enabling people to get their enterprises off the ground.

 

The intensive, 54-hour event offers a chance for developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to come together and share ideas, form teams, build products and launch start-ups.

Startup Weekend is a worldwide organisation of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It claims to be the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

Registration and specially-priced Early Bird tickets are available now at nottingham.startupweekend.org.

The event has been brought to Nottingham by the Projector Programme at Broadway, supported by Next Business Generation and The Creative Quarter to breathe life into new business concepts and tap into the wellspring of creative entrepreneurship in the city. Local success story Esendex will be the official media partner for the event.

Speaking about the innovative event, Cheryl Gill from Broadway commented: “Startup Weekends are really exciting and intense experiences that allow for a massive amount of development. Participants can come with a concept for a business, and leave with a fully formed plan, signposting to all the support they need, and a wealth of new contacts. It really is a chance for people that have thought of setting up on their own to take that spark and make it a reality.”

Geoff Love, CEO of event media partner Esendex, added: 'We are delighted to be coming on board with StartUp Weekend as one of the key sponsors for the event. Esendex is a great company started by two people working from a bedroom. But here at Esendex, we know it's not just about starting, it's about finding the skilled people who can support entrepreneurs and help them deliver on their entrepreneurial visions. It's great that StartUp Weekend is happening, but we're keen to work with The Creative Quarter, Broadway and Next Business Generation to make sure the great ideas, products and services that come out of this weekend can turn themselves into sustainable businesses that will bring benefit to the city.”

Budding business people are encouraged to register to come along, even if their ideas are at an early stage. Coaches and mentors will be on hand to support the teams and keep the planning on track.

Marketeers, money managers and business brains are also encouraged to attend as their skills are needed by start-ups.

The event will be mainly focused on Nottingham’s burgeoning creative tech, new media and digital talents and is open to ideas for projects, products or services from participants.

Alana Turnbull of Next Business Generation, one of the organising team for the weekend, said: “If you have a creative business idea that you are passionate about and that you think the world needs, or would love to learn about startup life, there’s space for you at our Startup Weekend. We guarantee you hard work, lots of fun and the chance to work with amazing people. We are looking forward to meeting people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and talents, and to helping spark projects that can lead the next wave of business innovation- we urge anyone who’s been wanting to put their ideas into practice to come along and be amazed how just far an idea can progress in just one weekend."

Startup Weekend will be hosted at Broadway Cinema and BioCity, businesses with a wealth of experience in business development and both based in the city’s flagship Creative Quarter. The event is part of an ongoing programme of support being developed to boost small businesses and independent traders in the area. Coaches present at the weekend will cover a mix of expertise and topics from creative industries and digital to clean tech and life sciences.

Kathy McArdle, Chief Operating Officer for the Creative Quarter Company, said: “This event is for anyone with even the tiniest germ of an idea. You don’t need to consider yourself an entrepreneur to take part. We urge local software developers, techies, coders, and people using digital media in multiple ways to grab one of the limited places. We’ll put you through your paces but you could come out with a great business at the end of it.

“An added bonus is that there’ll be a keynote speech from Adam Bird who himself set up Esendex, one of Nottingham’s great success stories - and whose newest venture is One Diary, a startup to make online diaries flexible and collaborative. We want to empower people to take their business ideas to new heights. After all, in the city that brought the world Raleigh and Boots, the sky is the limit for our business innovation.

Interviews about the event are available with Next Business Generation and Nikita Johnson, founder of Re-Work, the initiative to combine technology and entrepreneurship.               

For more information and to book now, visit Nottingham.startupweekend.org

Tickets are priced at £50 at Early Bird rate and £75 Standard rate. Food and drinks are all included. Places are strictly limited, so early booking is advised.

 

Follow @SWNotts and #swnotts for the latest updates on confirmed coaches and judges for the weekend

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