Led by the University of Plymouth and part of the globally renowned 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
During the pandemic the events have successfully transitioned to an online format, but as with an in-person startup weekend, tickets are open to anyone and include one-to-one time with experienced mentors, inspiring workshops and speakers and an incredible opportunity to network with developers, designers and like-minded entrepreneurs. Sound good? Why not join us at the next one!
To date, there have been three Techstars Startup Weekend events delivered in Plymouth, with plans for a further two more events to be delivered in the next year. Take a look at our event timeline below and if you are feeling inspired, register your interest in a future event.
Find out more about our upcoming events
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Marine Edition – November 2021
A global centre of excellence for marine, Plymouth is one of the largest clusters of expertise in Europe and consequently provides the ideal location and supporting opportunities for innovation and growth in this sector.
In collaboration with partners and experts across the strong marine industry base in the South West, this event will support and enable new and innovative marine based ideas to emerge and develop in Plymouth.
With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to marine technology, renewables, cruise and leisure marine to boatbuilding, shipping, marine engineering and more...
Plymouth Startup Weekend, Culture and Tourism Edition – Early 2022
The Culture and Tourism industry in Plymouth accounts for nearly £70 million of economic output per year, with a vast 365 businesses in the city classed as arts, entertainment and recreation. Due to take place in April 2021, Plymouth Startup Weekend decided to reschedule this event until early 2022 – to give everyone a chance to come together with bigger, bolder, more innovative ideas as the world begins to open up and the culture and tourism industry finds its feet.
This ambitious event will be focused on finding the big innovative ideas that will make Plymouth a prime cultural destination of 2022. With this event, we'll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to arts, music, tourism and more...
Whether you have ideas to improve experiences for tourists visiting your city, the next cultural attraction itself, or to make travel around the world easier, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!
Feeling inspired? Register your interest in a future event.
Watch the highlights and read more about the previous Plymouth Startup Weekend events below
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Sponsorship and partnership opportunities
Alongside this series of engaging and high-value events supporting entrepreneurs and emerging talent, the Plymouth Startup Weekend team are looking to work with more innovative leaders and organisations across the South West, and beyond, in order to support the citywide cultural strategy at this crucial time for the industry – forging a lasting impact on our economy by supporting some of the region’s brightest and boldest entrepreneurs.
Want to join us and our partners in playing a leading role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the South West? Contact lead organiser Emily Barrett.
An important part in everything we do is collaborating with the local business community and these events are no different! It is wonderful to have the involvement of so many local organisations supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and inspiring emerging talent and aspiring entrepreneurs from the city and beyond.
Emily Barrett, Knowledge Exchange Officer at the University of Plymouth, and lead organiser of Plymouth Startup Weekend
The startup weekends have always been a fun project to be a part of, and one which has iterated upwards over its lifetime. The energy that the smattering of entrepreneurs, designers, and developers allow the teams to bring exciting ideas to life in such a short time. Whether you’re looking to pitch your idea for support, want to join forces with fellow founders to bring a product to market, or keen to see if your tech talent can be put to good use in the cultural sector, this is the perfect event for you to take part in.
Tony Edwards, Serial Plymouth Startup Weekend Mentor
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.