Our London Startup Bootcamp, a success! 

We just spent the weekend facilitating and running a hackathon with Startup Weekend London and Techstars. We had 63 participants (40 were our part-time MA HI students in London), 9 teams and 9 pitches, 7 mentors, 32 guest speakers, 4 judges, 4 organisers, 3 facilitators, 3 sponsors and a lot of hard work. In the room we had people and founders from Uber, Buffer, Swipe, Memrise, and mentors from Go Car Share, What If, The Exponentials, R/GA and many more. 


Co-organisers


Victoria Stoyanova
Community & Culture, London Host Creative Mornings
 

Victoria helps startups and big companies build strong brands, communities and culture. Her career began in advertising, where she worked at Buzzman (Paris), Your Majesty (New York) and Mother (London). 

Hand-picked to head up startup community development in Europe, Victoria joined Techstars as Regional Manager. A journey that led her to the role of Director of Community and Culture at Second Home, and a steady diet of airport sightseeing and mentoring across Europe. 

Victoria enjoys working at the intersection between industries, ideas and people. With expertise at the convergence of startup and big company culture, she has had the joy to work with exceptional people at places like the BBC, EY and the Victoria & Albert museum.

In her free time, Victoria produces and facilitates talks, workshops and exhibitions. She also runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings, 
a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community taking
place in 130+ cities globally.

 

Zoheb Iqbal

Having been involved in community development for the past 5 years, Zoheb has developed the Techstars community programs in London to be one of the most active startup communities in the world. Leading the development of StartupWeekend, Startupnext and Startupweek London chapters.

Zoheb’s passion for community development has extended to cities around the world where he has facilitated the development of ecosystems globally. With a background in architecture Zoheb has worked on a number of influential architecture projects which filter into his work of community development in the tech world. 


Techstars
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week.


Guest speakers


Alice Shyy
Co-Founder, Giggypop, Startup Weekend x Hyper Island First Place Winner 2015

Ed Cooke
Co-founder of Memrise: making learning joyful. Grandmaster of memory. Forgetful person.
Here's a great article on Ed and Memrise – http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/05/start/crowdsourced-mnemonics

Eva Liparova
Freelance Community Manager & Producer
 


The Mentors


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Taichi Kozaki
Senior Experience Designer at R/GA

Erik Rodin
Innovation Consultant at What if? 

Alastair Budge
Founder at Get Consulted

Nicholas Oliver
CEO & Founder, C8 Management Limited, People

Anton Chernikov
Founder, The Exponentials

Drummond Gilbert
CEO, GoCarShare

Horia Cernusca
Co-founder of SWIPE

Anika Saigal
Founder at World Code Day & 30 Weeks


The Judges


Deborah Rippol
Culture Scout, Buffer

Nishita Dewan
Operations Manager, Uber

William Bateman
Manager Director, Round Hill Capital

Horia Cernusca
Co-founder of SWIPE



Sponsors


Second Home
Second Home is a cultural venue and workspace that brings together thinkers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs. Our community includes fast-growing global businesses such as TaskRabbit, Artsy and General Assembly, homegrown innovators such as Visualise and Bulb, as well as individuals like Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery), David Rowan (editor of Wired Magazine Europe) and Marina Willer (Pentagram).

Second Home hosts a year-round programme of talks, exhibitions, live music, film screenings and more. Recent events have included collaborations with Dazed & Confused, The Design Museum, British Library, Pentagram and the Institute of Contemporary Arts - featuring speakers such as fashion designer Stella McCartney, behavioural economist Richard Thaler, evolutionary biologist EO Wilson and writer Dave Eggers.

Sibberi Tree Water
Screw coconuts, drink water from trees 

Nutrii 
Natural protein yoghurts


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