Plymouth Startup Weekend

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

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.

Read more about our next event themed on Culture and Tourism and register your interest below.

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.

To keep updated on the winning teams and future Plymouth Startup Weekends, follow @PlymouthStartup on Twitter and Facebook

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Techstars Startup Weekend Online, November 2020

Attendees from across the UK and Europe joined the Techstars Startup Weekend event organised by the University of Plymouth last November. Ambitious entrepreneurs collaborated with mentors and peers conceiving ideas to solve social, environmental and financial issues.

A digital platform for older citizens to decrease social isolation, a certification designed for restaurants to reduce their impact on the environment, a network for vulnerable adults to engage better with the arts and a VR app to encourage healthy exercise - these are just some of the ideas which came out of the innovation-packed Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth Online.

Read more about the online event and the ideas developed here.

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!

Meet Big Sis, Plymouth Startup Weekend Winner 2019

The input from other people made me think outside the box and challenge my ideas, what we ended up with was developed further than I even imagined it would. Having that ability at a very early stage to test the idea to a pool of people was very valuable.

Read more about the Plymouth Startup weekend experience

Carly Britton, Mentor for November 2020 Online Startup Weekend

The great thing about startup weekend is that the mentors and judges are there because they want you to succeed and help you on your journey. I think the Startup Weekend going virtual is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

Find out more about Carly and the online Plymouth Startup weekend

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’

Find out more about our first weekend.

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!

Find out more about how Crowdfunder can help as part of iMayflower