Launch A Startup This Weekend At Said Business School, Oxford

Joint venture will see Oxford business school team up with EM Normandie for hackathon style weekend.

5 students are putting on a global Startup Weekend at the Said Business School this weekend with logistical and financial support also coming from EM Normandie, one of the first French Grandes Ecoles, which the students are attending.

On Friday night participants will be invited to pitch their ideas to a group that will include financiers, developers, graphic designers, marketers, students and engineers, who will then decide which project they will work on for the rest of the weekend.

The teams then work with the help of resident entrepreneurs who provide mentorship throughout the weekend, before a workshop on Sunday designed to teach the Business Model Canvas as well as advising on how to deliver that killer pitch, in front of a panel of experts.

Hendrik Lohse, Director of EM Normandie’s Oxford campus, says that the school has already organised seven startup weekends on their campuses at Caen and Le Havre; “it contributes to the spread of an entrepreneurial culture conducive to the emergence of companies”, he says.

Startup Weekend itself began in the US but is now a “global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures”; nearly 3,000 events have taken place across more than 150 countries.

There are only 50 tickets available, and food (beer and pizza will surely be on the menu?) and membership of the Startup Weekend Community come with the ticket.

Startup Weekend are behind a number of promising early stage emterprises including EasyTaxi, HaikuDeck, LaunchRock and Zapier, and the team in Oxford features a number of standout speakers and mentors from a range of different industries and backgrounds.

If you have nothing better to do this weekend why not grab a ticket and do something that could change the course of your career?

Don’t be shy now ; )

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