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Application Deadline >> 15th April 2020

What is Founders Weekend?

If you’re a young person (18 - 24 years old) with an idea for a business, but unsure as to where to start with launching it, our Founders Weekend event is for you!
You’ll come along to the event with your idea, then with the support of our mentors and the equipment we provide, you'll take it through to MVP, create some form of prototype and then pitch it to industry experts for £5k worth of prizes and / chance to be a part of the FoundersDoor (pre-Accelerator).
Curios about how it works? This is the Agenda of what happened last year. If you are interested do not hesitate to contact us! 

The Agenda

DAY 1: Friday 28th June - 18h Kickoff

Location: IDEALondon – 69 Wilson St, Finsbury, London, EC2A 2BB

This will be a meetup for all of the attendees of the weekend section. Come with your business idea, be ready to take to the mic and pitch on why yours is the one that should be worked on throughout the course of the weekend! 10 ideas will go through; the audience will vote on these. It will be down to the winning founders to pick their teams!
18.00 – event start, networking & drinks & nibbles
18.30 – intro from One Tech
18.40 – 5-minute pitches from startups
20.00 –  team pairing
21.30 – closing 

DAY 2: Saturday 29th June - 9h Kickoff

Location: WeWork70 Wilson St, Finsbury, London, EC2A 2DB

After a nutritious breakfast first thing at WeWork, and quick catchup with your team members, it’s time to get your heads down!
An experienced mentor will present on the following, and you’ll be able to pick their brains as much as you need!
– Ideation around your product idea with Arun Thangavel, Founders Factory
– Development of a lean model canvas with Mark Elliott – Consultant & Mentor, ArrestedArt
– Customer validation with Sonya Barlow – Founder, Like Minded Females
The remainder of the day will be set up as a marketplace, and as you make your way around you’ll gain invaluable advice and support in defining the following:
– Creation of your landing page
– B2B sales – spend time with Rosario Di Dio – CEO, EcoSync to better understand B2B sales/customer development
– Investment readiness – what is the best route for your team! – speak with Amandine Flachs – Tech Startup Consultant, Flachs Consulting
– Content marketing with Esme Verity, Freelance Marketer
– Branding with Alice Phillips of Neatline Creative
– Everything you need to know about IP (Intellectual Property) with Laura Clews, Mathys & Squires
We’re pleased to announce that a range of interns from Diversity VC’s latest cohort will be circulating the room, providing further intelligence on how to go about fundraising and what VCs look for!
More speakers and mentors for Saturday are set to include (TBC)

DAY 3: Sunday 30th June - 9h Kickoff

Location: WeWork70 Wilson St, Finsbury, London, EC2A 2DB

Spend the all-important last day validating your product idea and then get ready to pitch! Sonya Barlow of Like-Minded Females will help you through this section too. The pitch will be in front of a panel of judges, mentors, and investors.
Prizes, cash and the chance to be a part of the FoundersDoors pre-Accelerator are all on offer!
Judges to include:
Andy Ayim, Managing Director – Backstage Capital
Mandy Nyarko, Managing Director – Exeter Velocities
MB Christie, Emerging Technologies Consultant – News Corp
Close & drinks
Speakers and mentors for Saturday are set to include (TBC)

What does Founders Weekend involve?

As well as the chance to meet and network with other like-minded young founders at the event, you’ll also have access to the below:
- Dedicated support from 20 + expert mentors who can help with everything from marketing to protecting your Intellectual Property
- Chance to win £5k worth of prizes, supplied in the form of hardware, which can be used to accelerate your startup
- Chance to be a part of our FoundersDoor pre-Accelerator, run over weekends, which will provide continued support as your startup develops

How does the programme work?

Founders Weekend is a weekend programme designed exclusively for young founders based in London.
Our programme welcomes founders from every sector who have got an idea and would like to move forward on creating their first MVP.
If you are interested in being a part of our first Founders Weekend, please express interest by COP Friday 14th June 2019.

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