Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the Techstars Startup Weekend movement, Plymouth Startup Weekend is the place to meet like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals and be immersed in a weekend of creativity and collaboration.
These events are designed to help support and encourage budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs or anyone with exciting ideas for new products, processes, services or experiences. For those that do not have an idea to pitch, startup weekends are still a great opportunity to learn more about what goes into building a startup and making your ideas a reality.
What happens at a Startup Weekend?
Day 1: Meet, pitch and team up
Day 2: Learn from mentors and get to work
Day 3: Present to the judges
Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Techstars Startup Weekend has helped educate and inspire more than 350,000 entrepreneurs - with over 4500 events in over 150 countries to date!
"You don't have to be in the 'big cities' to have access to big opportunities anymore, they are coming to us!"
Katie Stote, Plymouth Startup Weekend attendee
Tickets are open to anyone and include seven full meals, one-to-one time with incredible and experienced mentors, an abundance of coffee and Wi-Fi and an incredible opportunity to network with developers, designers and like-minded entrepreneurs.
These events are part of the iMayflower project and have been supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.
Techstars Startup Weekend November 2019
The seconds successful Startup Weekend took place in November 2019. The weekend, led by the University of Plymouth as part of iMayflower, connected like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals and immersed them in a weekend of creativity and collaboration.
"This is a great place to gain skills for my future aspirations."
"The experience has been amazing, it’s well worth spending your weekend learning about businesses, designing and meeting new people."
Watch the video to discover what a Startup Weekend involves!
The first Techstars Start-up Weekend in Plymouth
The first ever Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth took place at the end of April 2019, on the theme of health and wellbeing. The event was organised by The Bridge initiative and involved around 50 people including coaches, judges, attendees and other supporting roles, and resulted in five teams working full-time over the course of the weekend.
“Truly a magical experience for anyone who loves an idea and wants to share it with the world”
Ben Cole, attendee who was part of the winning team ‘MemoryPad’
iMayflower crowdfunding support
Crowdfunder UK are helping digital creative companies grow through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and extra funding.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding gives people a digital platform to validate creative ideas, raise awareness of new projects, and build lasting relationships with supporters. And it’s an innovative way to fund your start-up and grow your business!