Lancaster to host the biggest Startup Weekend in the North West

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After an amazing launch in 2014, Startup Weekend (powered by Google for Entrepreneurs) returns to Lancaster bringing together designers, developers, marketers and business people for a 54-hour startup marathon! The event will be taking place from November 20th – 22nd, in the Lancaster University Management School Hub.

This year the organisers have partnered up with some of the biggest surrounding startup communities, inviting selected teams from across the North West UK to participate in the event. Apart from raising the overall quality of your experience, this will allow you to expand your network of like-minded peers and startup enthusiasts across the country!

So how does it work? 60-second pitches result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. 54 hours are spent focusing on customer and product development, validating ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced mentors. Finally, each team has the chance to present their results and receive feedback from a panel of high profile entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Not forgetting, awesome prizes for the winning teams!

Thanks to the incredible support of our partners, we are able to offer you an unprecedented Startup Weekend experience with mentors and judges of the highest calibre this year. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn and receive feedback from some of the best-connected people in the UK’s startup eco-system!

Confirmed to date are:
– Paul Lancaster, Community Engagement Manager

SpacePortX (
– Doug Ward, Co-Founder

DotForge Accelerator (
– Vimla Appadoo, Program Manager
– Helena Habdija, Community Engagement Manager
– Colin Tan, Entrepreneur in Residence (Founder at Rentlord)
– Chris Ho-Young Richardson
Whether you’ve launched a startup before or are just getting acquainted with the idea of entrepreneurship, this event will be a unique opportunity for you to push your own boundaries and experience the rush, the fun, the pressure and the joy of creating something out of nothing in a safe environment full of amazing mentors and like-minded students!

For more information, see the Facebook event at, or keep up to date via @SWLancasterUK on Twitter.

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