Startup Weekend Lancaster

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Welcome to the playbyplay coverage of Startup Weekend Lancaster

Throughout the 54-hour event we’ll capture & collect the moments shared & experienced by the attendees, sponsors, judges and speakers.

This chronicle will be created and updated in real-time, from the ground in Lancaster, from the opening word until the winners are announced on Sunday.

This chronicle is proudly sponsored by included.co‘s #includedLive programme.

PlayByPlay November 20, 20156:20 pm

Just arrived at Lancaster University Management School, as the attendees start to arrive too.

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Some early-event networking.

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Friendly faces who greeted the attendees at registration.

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Opening Talks thanking sponsors and a passionate welcome from Doug Ward

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All the rent from @ForwardMCR will be used to fly in amazing speakers and education for the tech sector

@SimplyDoug1987
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A few tweets so far

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Give it your all this weekend, your future team-mates are watching!

@SimplyDoug1987
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A cheeky little bit of half baked to kick off the event.

Everyone throws out random words. Attendees split into 7 random teams. Each team chooses 2 random words and has to make up a product/company and pitch with them.

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Reminder: All the teams from this weekend can enter the GlobalStartupBattle , even those who don’t win.

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Right now people will have the chance to pitch their ideas

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As there will be a looot of pitches, we’ll just share a summary of the ideas.

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These awesome folks pitched their ideas tonight.

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the public voting and hustling opens up many discussions

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10 teams have been voted forward for development over the weekend.

They are: GDA, Mentr, Love Events, Ulysses, football, friendrobes, skillz, holy crepe, belocal and do me a favour.

PlayByPlay November 20, 201510:02 pm

another 3 teams have been entered to keep team-size down.

Achievement Social Platform, Creative Places and Quepon

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And that brings today’s coverage to an end, we’ll be back covering all the action bright and early tomorrow.

PlayByPlay November 21, 201512:35 am
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*some* of the attendees have made it in for the 9am start time.

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Venue is filling up as teams make their ways in.

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A quick bit of Salt & Pepper to get the morning rolling.

Everyone picks a word at random from the table, and without looking puts it on their back. Using only yes/no questions, you need to find your word, and then locate your pair. First team wins stroooong coffee.

PlayByPlay November 21, 201510:24 am

Winners were North & South pair.

But the other pairs found each other pretty quickly afterwards.

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One of the teams have taken to twitter with their progress already.

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Teams have started moving forward with their projects

Will be going around shorty to get initial updates on the team names and progress so far.

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COACHES AND MENTORS

Vimla Appadoo
Program Manager DotForge Manchester

Chris Ho-Young Richardson
Venture Growth Manager at DotForge Manchester

Hector Kolonas
Founder at included.co

Thomas Young
Co-Founder at repairly.co.uk

John Kershaw
Founder at Bristlr.com

Fraser Williams
Co-Founder at repairly.co.uk

Richard Milnes
Founder at Julian Digital

Oli Monks
Co-founder at BagSee

PlayByPlay November 21, 201512:13 pm

Great news everybody! FOOD will arrive at the Hub at 2PM

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As the teams begin to regroup in the hub, many great discussions are popping up at each table.

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Team Overviews (so far)

Mentr – Connecting people with mentors.

GDA – Gamyfing tasks (pivoted from students to young children market)

BeLocal Funding local SMEs growth through the crowd.

Football App A social network purely for football fans

Ulysses Locker Locking away money to fight procrastination

Friendrobes A closed network for sharing/renting out your extra clothes.

Evineer Connecting students with brands through bespoke events

PlayByPlay November 21, 20152:01 pm

Food has been served.

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Practice Pitches and Feedback Session.

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Changes and Pivots (so far)

Football App is now Untitled Football Project

GDA is now Bambino

Friendrobe will focus more on borrowing clothes than swapping them.

Ulysses Locker is now My pledge

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Original SWLancasterUK Organiser, Startup Weekend Facilitator, and Current SWLancasterUK Organiser

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Mentoring has begun and teams are being grilled (in a nice way)

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Mentors just giving some quick pitching tips.

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I have a great email address, Damian @ mysurname .name, the thing is… noone can spell my surname.

@DamianKys
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Ok, but seriously..

there are still a number of teams working hard as they race against the clock.

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Ok, but seriously.. there are still a number of teams working hard as they race against the clock.

PlayByPlay November 21, 20159:58 pm

Ok, but seriously..

there are still a number of teams working hard as they race against the clock.

PlayByPlay November 21, 20159:59 pm

Ok, but seriously..

there are still a number of teams working hard as they race against the clock.

PlayByPlay November 21, 201510:06 pm

See?

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Some #SWLancasterUK tweets from the last few hours.

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And we’re back and ready to smash it today! Right?

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We’ll be seeing who’s pivoted over the last few hours shortly.

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Sorry about the pause in coverage… we’ve been cooking up some fun videos from the teams.

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MentrMe’s not-so-serious intro.

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And that’s the video intro’s of all the teams as they prepare for final pitch practice at 3PM

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Teams are now practicing their pitches in the auditorium.

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One of the coolest things about the teams at this weekend’s event is that the teams are made up of mixtures of students and graduates across different universities and colleges.

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Slight delay with moving into the final pitching round. We’ll be live blogging throughout it.

(Obviously)
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Everyones excited for the final pitches.

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Judges for this evening

including Paul Lancaster and Colin Tan

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Judging Criteria: Validation, Execution & Design; and the Business Model

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5 mins Pitching and 3 mins Q&A.

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Up first: MentrMe

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Up first: MentrMe

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Up first: MentrMe

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Up next: LocalMe

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Full House for the Final Pitches

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Some companies are still marketing through out. Hustle!

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Up now: MyPledge

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Up now: Quevor

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British people seem to love queuing, except at night clubs.

@lordlancaster
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Up now: Friendrobes

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Up now: Fan Definition

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Up now: Holly Crepe

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Up now: FavourIt

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Up now: BambEno

One judge is probably feeling this pitch.

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Up now: BambEno

One judge definitely falls into the target market.

PlayByPlay November 22, 20157:45 pm

Judges really have their job cut out for them tonight.

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Up now: evineer

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A huge shout out to the Social Media folks at SW Lancaster

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A quick 5 min break whilst judges deliberate.

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Nervous chatter and giggles across the theatre as we wait for the judges decisions.

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Crowd Vote Winners: BambEno

Second: My Pledge

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Reminder: all teams can enter the Global Startup Battle. http://www.globalstartupbattle.co with a quick video.

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A really huge congrats to everyone, you’ve all been amazing this weekend!

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Now we wait for the judges’ winners.

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Even though there are some big tech clusters, you can start a business anywhere

@willpmartin
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3rd place: BambEno

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2nd Place: friendrobes

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1st place: Fan Definition

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3rd place: BambEno

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congrats to all the winning teams!

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Congrats to all and thanks for letting us be a part of your awesome journey!

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Now a for a well deserved break before taking the projects to the next level.