This week I was lucky enough to be invited to be a mentor at Start Up Weekend in London.
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 600 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2012.
London Start Up Weekend saw 100 students, designers, developers and entrepreneurs come together over 54 hours to share their business ideas, the best of which were selected by the judges to proceed to the next stage. After sorting themselves into teams, the remaining ideas set to work on how exactly they would turn their idea into reality. My role was to go around the teams with Edward Roussel from the Telegraph, one of the judges, and act as a sounding board, try to give some ideas and a fresh perspective on potential obstacles. I was incredibly impressed with everything I heard, and particularly liked Bake it, Sell it and Face My Career.
The finalists consisted of:
Camerabot: develop drones to assist in dangerous reporting
Face My Career: pay field specialist to mentor interviewees
Mini Mobb: local meet-ups based on current events
Storeberry: creating white label mobile apps for small businesses
Rise: the app: use behavioural economics to achieve goals
Parker: the mobile app that finds you a spare parking space
SmartWard: a cross-platform piece of software that aims to reduce human error in hospitals
Yuzu: Hotel guests controlling all aspects of their stay from a tablet device
Cakewalk: A service to make mergers and acquisitions simpler
Bake it, Sell it: online marketplace for small bakers
Stamp Eater: consolidates loyalty cards and providing additional information about the customer to the merchant
Memoly: remember notes from books to make revision easier for students