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Leicester Tech Startups: Retrospective and Ideas for 2014

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An overview presentation by Ben Ravilious of the aims and acheivements for Leicester's tech startup community with ideas for future activity.

An overview presentation by Ben Ravilious of the aims and acheivements for Leicester's tech startup community with ideas for future activity.

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  • 1. Leicester Tech Startups 2013 Retrospective Plans & Ideas for 2014 Ben Ravilious ben@ultimateweb.co.uk
  • 2. Backstory • Wanted my company to become more entrepreneurial • Decided to create an entrepreneur-led community of startups following Brad Feld’s ‘Boulder Thesis’ model • Aimed at engaging with the whole ecosystem not just the startups themselves • Rejecting top-down public sector leadership and zero sum game mentality
  • 3. What is a ‘Startup’? • “An organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model” (Wikipedia) • “A human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty” (Eric Reis) • A startup is not a smaller version of a large company
  • 4. What happened in 2013? • • • • • • • • • • 26 Open Coffee meetups Regular Lean Startups events First Startup Café at University of Leicester NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon Launch48 Startup Weekend A few socials Website: www.leicesterstartups.com 500+ names on invite list Google Group with 78 members Support from LCC and UoL and local supplier businesses
  • 5. Current startups …plus MacGuffin, Movieville, TheUniMarket, Spectral-ID & Vidquote
  • 6. Problems • A lot of people doing their startups in their spare time or alongside other jobs • Individuals held back due to lack of certain skills (e.g. marketing) • Timing of events excludes some people (e.g. 9-5 workers and students) • Still some awareness and trust barriers to break down • Need more ‘doing’ events • Not quite at a ‘critical mass’ stage • No superstar success story yet • Still somewhat reliant on a few key individuals • Community activity is currently limited to events.
  • 7. Future plans & suggestions • • • • • • • • Find more existing startups? More engagement with our universities? Increase diversity of participants? Establish a news source? (e.g. http://www.scoop.it/t/leicester-startups) More evening/weekend events & socials? More doing events (e.g. hackathons & startup weekends)? Learn more from other cities? Is establishing a ‘tech hub’ feasible/desirable?
  • 8. Your thoughts? • • • • • What’s holding you back? What skills/experience/connections do you lack? What events would you like to attend? What facilities would help you? Have you seen this done better elsewhere? • What and who do you know? • How can you contribute?