Cambridge Startup Weekend launches!


16 February 2011


Intensive 54 hour event targets developers, designers, business people and students

A major new event is looking to launch the next generation of Cambridge-based technology companies. Based on a formula pioneered on the US West Coast, the Cambridge Startup Weekend (11-13 March 2011) brings together people with ideas and skills to power exciting new businesses. It is the first time a UK version of the event has been held outside London, demonstrating Cambridge’s leading position as a technology hotbed.

An intensive 54 hour event, it focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a single weekend. At the end of the process, a high level judging panel, chaired by Neil Davidson, co-founder of Red Gate Software, will choose a winning project.

The Startup Weekend will take place at the St John’s Innovation Centre between 11-13 March 2011. It will bring together software developers, web and graphics designers, marketers, business people and students to learn, build applications, develop a commercial case around them and have fun while doing it. In addition, for the first time ever, a share of the proceeds from the event will remain in Cambridge to be used as a legacy to support local startups.

“Cambridge is a fertile breeding ground for great ideas, but turning these into great businesses takes a whole range of people and skills,” commented Neil Davidson, co-founder of Red Gate Software and chair of judges, Cambridge Startup Weekend. “Cambridge Startup Weekend is a great chance to spend a weekend in an entrepreneurial sandbox, and to start great things and meet interesting people. It promises to provide an exciting, exhilarating and exhausting experience that has the potential to unleash the innovators of the future to rank alongside existing Cambridge leaders such as ARM and Autonomy.”

As well as Neil Davidson, the event features an array of experienced business mentors. Speakers already confirmed include Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), Billy Boyle, co-founder of chemical detection leader Owlstone and Jamie Urquhart of venture capital company Pond. It has already attracted backing from University of Cambridge-backed innovation hub ideaSpace and Cambridge technology and jobs community site CamTechNet.

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