Google Start Up Weekend

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Lancaster is delighted to host the first Google Start-Up Weekend as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

The event will run from 21st to 23rd November.


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  • Work one-to-one with a social entrepreneur?
  • Run a workshop or online webinar for a group of entrepreneurs?
  • Make introductions to people in your network?
  • Help someone take an important commercial step forward?

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Help people grow –  More than anything else, social entrepreneurs want someone to listen to them and help them put their ideas into action. By asking questions, making suggestions and encouraging someone to act, you will help them build skills and self-confidence which they’ll take with them wherever they go.

Be inspired –  Working with a social entrepreneur will introduce you to issues you might not have known about and challenge your way of seeing and doing things. It will teach you to listen and to let someone find their own solutions. And you’ll be inspired by people’s passion and determination.

Drive sustainability –  Whether you listen to someone’s ideas and ask them challenging questions or help someone sort out their cash flow, or advise them on the appropriate legal structure for their business, you are giving practical support so that they can make their social enterprise more solid than it would be without your help.

Feel good Working with a social entrepreneur is a great way to pass on your experience and expertise and to give something back to the community around you.

IEED Masterclass: Will Butler, Brompton Bicycle

  • Tuesday 11th February 2014
  • Management School, Lecture Theatre 1
  • Registration will be at 5.30pm for a 6pm start

Will Butler-Adams is the Managing Director of the iconic and innovative brand, Brompton Bicycle Ltd. Along with the founder and inventor Andrew Richie, Will has taken the company from a cottage industry to a rapidly growing international brand – combining expert engineering with a very genuine passion for the product. He sees it not as a leisure item, but as urban public transport which is built to last a lifetime.

His company design and produce over 38,000 folding bikes each year from their London factory and are increasingly popular internationally as well as in Britain, with 80% of their sales coming from 42 territories worldwide. As well as innovating new products and new ventures, Will Butler Adams has changed the perception and target market of the bikes, aiming to make a social impact on commuters.

Teas and coffees will be served on arrival and there will be an opportunity to network after the event.

To register for this event, please email Ellis on so we can ensure enough catering will be provided.

Technology start-ups to receive helping hand at education technology event

Jisc is offering five technology start-up companies the opportunity to showcase their innovative products and services at its inaugural Digital Festival.

The Jisc Digital Festival is a two day event that will take place at the ICC Birmingham from 11-12 March 2014, and is designed to showcase and celebrate the best in digital technologies and explore the future trends that will impact education and research. The festival will include keynotes from renowned education experts such as Sugata Mitra and Diana Oblinger.

In launching this bursary, Jisc is offering start-up companies free exhibition space at the event, a two day exhibitor pass for two people, as well as a demonstration slot to highlight what their company offers. To be considered for the bursary, applying companies have to be UK-based start-ups, have less than ten employees, and offer a technology product or service that is innovative, primarily targeting UK higher education, further education and/or skills sectors.

The Jisc Digital Festival will bring together delegates that represent HE and FE including, senior managers, academics, library professionals, policy makers, learning technologists and others.

Andrew McGregor, deputy chief innovation officer at Jisc said:

“One of the most exciting things about the Jisc Digital Festival is the sheer diversity of people who will attend; people from a variety of higher and further education institutions and commercial organisations with many different roles and titles. This makes this bursary a fantastic opportunity for educational technology start-ups to meet potential customers and network with experts in digital technology.  Jisc’s role is to use digital technology to improve education and research so the chance to meet and support people who have established companies that are seeking to use technology in new, exciting ways is always an intriguing prospect.”

The deadline to apply for the Jisc start-up bursary is 31 January 2014. See full eligibility details.

For anyone interested in attending the Jisc Digital Festival on the 11 and 12 March, the early-bird delegate rate applies until 31 January 2014. See full information on tickets.
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