2010 October

October 31, 2010

Launch48 Edinburgh Final Presentations

Launch48 Edinburgh final presentations will be starting at 5:00 pm GMT and run to 6:30 pm GMT.

If you’d like to chat with other viewers please visit the Ustream Launch48 page.

October 25, 2010

GLOBAL SILVER SPONSORS ANNOUNCED- VIADEO & BOOTLAW

Viadeo

Viadeo is one of the world’s largest online professional social networks with over 30 million registered members from a variety of professions and 226 different countries.

Members use Viadeo to improve their career prospects, discover business opportunities and build relationships with new contacts as well as to create an effective online identity. It’s a one stop shop for business networking whose reach is worldwide, expanding exposure while building contacts.

Viadeo understands how important social and cultural differences are in the way different countries conduct business. They have offices and teams located in the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, China, India, Mexico and Canada where they form partnerships with local companies, organisations and associations and support locally run events.

Viadeo are big supporters of the start up community and we are grateful for their support for us in Edinburgh by becoming a Silver Sponsor.

Bootlaw

Bootlaw provides free information on legal issues facing emerging technology, internet and digital businesses and they run monthly free monthly meetings – a “bootcamp” brought to you by Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu the friendly lawyers at Winston & Strawn in London.

Bootlaw, by providing this free information empowers start ups with the knowledge and protection they need in an ever changing field of legalities which can be confusing and frustrating. Having help at hand cuts through the legal mumbo jumbo and they go the extra mile to provide timely and relevant advice.

Bootlaw is the biggest legal themed meetup on meetup.com anywhere in the world – and they’ve got nearly 700 members signed up to the group.

Bootlaw is a champion of the little guys and we’re very grateful for their Silver Sponsor support for us at Edinburgh.

October 20, 2010

Edinburgh Launch48 Guardian Feature

Edinburgh Launch48 is really taking off!

We are having a great response to our latest upcoming event and can’t thank Edinburgh enough for the warm welcome we’ve received. Read about our latest mention in the Guardian here and be sure to get your tickets soon for what we know will be a very special Launch48 Event. We have great speakers and mentors lined up already but be sure to watch this space as we’ll update you as soon as new ones are confirmed! It’s going to be an exciting event!

For more information about the event please visit : http://edinburgh.launch48.com/

October 18, 2010

Launch48 Edinburgh Speakers and Mentors Corner

Jon Bradford – Speaker and Mentor

Jon Bradford is the CEO of The Difference Engine, an acceleration programme for early stage digital businesses who believe that the first stage of any business is the most formative and can define how a team will evolve.  They also recognise that at such an early stage “money is not enough” – the right sort of intensive support is invaluable and the provision of the right mentoring is priceless. The programme is supported by DigitalCity Business, Sunderland Software City and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and through their combined expertise and experience they hope to make dreams a reality.

Jon has spent most of the last ten years working in and around start-ups; both for advisory firms and venture capital backed start-ups, including an Oxford university spin-out. Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen including a secondment to Melbourne, Australia.  Having recently completed the conversion of a Northumberland barn, Jon knows far too much about septic tank than he really cares for! He has enormous knowledge in his field and we are excited to have him on board.

Rebecca Difford – Mentor

Rebecca Difford is the Company Formation Executive of LAUNCH.ed, a University of Edinburgh programme which provides free startup advice and business support to students at the University of Edinburgh interested in starting up a business. Students, from undergraduates to PhDs and recent alumni, can access one-to-one help from a business advisor on all aspects of setting up a business.  LAUNCH.ed supports students with technical, early stage ideas as well as non-technical, near-to-market business ideas.

In the last four years, LAUNCH.ed has helped more than 50 students form their own companies, many of which have grown into successful, profitable enterprises. Rebecca started working for the University of Edinburgh in 2005, working initially for the Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS). Prior to this she developed and managed a service offering initial market assessments for small businesses at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Rebecca  graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1996 with a degree in Law and Business Studies and was recently awarded a Masters degree in Marketing, focussing on Market Research for high-tech start-ups. She is Chartered Marketer and member of the CIM, and has a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. Her insight is invaluable to our attendees and are are thrilled to have her as a mentor.

Today is the last day when you can buy discounted Early Bird tickets for the Edinburgh Launch48 event so don’t miss the chance!

October 8, 2010

Early bird tickets now available

Launch48 Edinburgh Early Bird tickets finish on Monday the 18th of October at midnight.

The event is quickly building momentum and we are excited to announce Julian Ranger will be speaking. Julian sold his defence contracting company to Lockheed Martin (the biggest defence contractor in the world) after expanding it from the English countryside to a global business, is now an active angel investor, is involved with companise such as DAD and Tweetmeme, and is booked in on one of the first Virgin Galactic flights.

Dragos Ilinca will also be presenting, the co-founder of UberVU the social media monitoring and analytics service. They started in Romania, moved to London, and are now in the process of expanding globally. Their customers are names like Sharp, Thomas Cook, Microsoft and others.

More speakers are being confirmed, keep an eye on our twitter, newsletter, and web site for more details.

October 6, 2010

Edinburgh Mini-Conference ‘Startups – From Local to Global’

Launch48 Edinburgh Mini-Conference will bring together a range of amazing speakers from both London and Edinburgh.

The theme of the conference is ‘Startups- From Local to Global’ and the subjects covered will be relevant for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.  It will investigate how to make the most of what startups have locally to expand globally.

We are proud to announce two of the speakers presenting at the event : Julian Ranger and Dragos Ilinca, two entrepreneurs that have expanded their businesses globally initially from local resources. You can find more information about them on our Speakers and Mentors page dedicated to the Launch48 Edinburgh event.

More speakers will be announced soon so keep an eye on our blog and sign up for our newsletter.

A limited number of Student and Early Bird tickets are now on sale so grab one while they last.

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