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Techstars Startup Weekend

If I were to ask you to think of a location in the UK which is a hub for cultural and creative businesses and projects, where would come to mind? London, Bristol, maybe Manchester? It’s easy to feel like all these exciting, creative and great opportunities are (literally) hundreds of miles away. Which is why the government has awarded Plymouth’s iMayflower 3.5 million to fund the development of creative industries in Plymouth. You might feel that this all sounds a little bit irrelevant to you; talks of governments and funding is easy to naturally recoil from or shrug off. However, if you’re an artist, a writer, a budding entrepreneur, a technology buff or anything remotely creative or inventive, you’ll want to listen up! This funding means that our very own Plymouth and The University of Plymouth will soon be considered one of the big hubs for creativity and cultural development; which also means that if you fall into the creative or inventive category, incredibly exciting opportunities will be right on your doorstep!

The organisation creating these new projects and opportunities is The Bridge at The University of Plymouth; a new initiative dedicated to bridging the gap between the creative companies in Plymouth and the University.

One of the opportunities which The Bridge has created is coming to Plymouth as soon as April in the shape of TechStars Start Up Weekend. Never heard of ‘TechStars Start Up Weekend’? Not a problem, this is why we’re here! The event will run from Friday the 26th of April till Sunday the 28th of April. The theme for Plymouth’s first ever TechStars Start-Up Weekend is Health and Wellbeing and will be held at Ocean Studios in the beautiful Royal William Yard. The weekend is designed to help support and encourage any budding entrepreneurs or anyone with exciting ideas for a potential business in Health and Wellbeing. However, this event is the pilot for a whole series of TechStars Start-Up Weekends that will be happening in Plymouth, so, if Health and Wellbeing isn’t where your entrepreneurial expertise lie, there will definitely be a start-up weekend with a theme that works for you coming soon! That said, even if Health and Wellbeing isn’t your forte, it will still be a great weekend and opportunity to learn more about what goes into beginning a start up! You will be networking and developing key skills which will help you progress in your career and/or academic life. You will receive support from experienced mentors and coaches and most importantly, you will have experienced first-hand what goes into creating a start-up business!

Inside the stunning Ocean Studios cafe

On Friday, you will arrive, have some food (already sounds good, right?), meanwhile, you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow attendees, you will then pitch your idea to the supportive crowd, this is proceeded by a vote for the best pitches. Once the votes for the best pitches have been put forward, you will get into teams based on your ideas and skill-sets, and then the fun begins! You will have 54 hours to build a start-up and create a prototype which you will present to a panel of judges on the final day.

Tickets are open to anyone with a business idea for Health and Wellbeing. Student and Early Bird tickets are £16.32, and this includes 7 full meals, one-to-one time with incredible and experienced mentors, an abundance of coffee and Wi-Fi (always necessary) and an incredible opportunity to network with developers, designers and like-minded entrepreneurs. However, I have access to a unique discount code for University of Plymouth students which means you can get early bird tickets for just £5! Please make sure to get in contact for the discount code if you are interested!

So, don’t miss out on what will be a monumental weekend and get your ticket today! For more information head to http://communities.techstars.com/uk/plymouth-uk/startup-weekend/14402 . If you have any questions or queries, feel free to send us an email at plymouth-health@startupweekend or you can ‘slide into our DM’s’ on Twitter at @PlymouthStartup. Make sure to also check out the new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthStartup/ for regular updates!

Can’t wait to see you there!

P. S. I highly recommend stopping by Royal William yard for a look around, it’s such a beautiful place (especially in the sun) and I would highly recommend stopping by Ocean Studios for a coffee; it’s good stuff.

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