2011 May

May 24, 2011

Vodafone Mobile Clicks, €225,000 prize money

If you have a mobile startup you may want to invest the time to enter Vodafone Mobile Clicks competition.

The important things you need to know about this competition are:

  1. €225,000.00 total prize pool for the winners, 1st prize is €150,000.00 with lots of promotion and mentoring
  2. There is an awesome group of judges including David Leftley (Vodafone Ventures), Dave Tharp (Roulette Cricket), Joe Neale (m8 Capital), Fred Perron (Vodafone UK), Rudy de Waele (Founder of Mobile 2.0 Europe and dotopen), and Yuri van Geest (Co-Founder Mobile Monday Amsterdam & TEDx Amsterdam).  Reshma Sohoni from SeedCamp is judging the final at PICNIK
  3. Every entry receives feedback on their application and this alone is worth the entry just to see what the Jury and Vodafone think of your idea

Entries close the 12th of June, don’t miss out on this opportunity if your startup has anything to do with mobile (tablet, app, web, etc).  Enter at the Vodafone Mobile Clicks web site.

This video covers the judging from last year’s event and includes Peter Vesterbacka, CEO of Angry Birds, who will also be speaking at The Inspire Conference on June 7 and 8 in London.

May 15, 2011

Win exhibition space at the Inspire Conference

Launch48, the organisers of The Inspire Conference, have announced a competition for 10 exhibition spaces solely dedicated to startups.

  1. Do you have a startup?
  2. Do you have a working web or mobile product?
  3. Would you like to exhibit your startup at The Inspire Conference on the 7th and 8th of June 2011?

If you answer YES to the above questions then you could be exhibiting alongside IBM, Dennis Publishing, and other sponsors at The Inspire Conference.

Why should you enter?

The Inspire Conference includes over 25 of the most impressive entrepreneurial speakers ever brought together for a UK conference, many of the speakers have presented at TED, DLD, SXSW, and Le Web.

Some of the companies attending the event include:

Google / DN Capital / DFJ Espirit / Mozilla / MIT Enterprise Forum / Boston Consulting Group / SparkPR / McGibney & Company / Reuters / Elstree Film Partnership / Binary Vision / The Telegraph / Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures / Springboard / WIRED / TweetDeck / Deutsche Bank / MSN / Clearleft / Latitude Group / Ideo / Seedcamp / 33 Seconds / The Guardian / Adaptive Labs / We Are Human

Full details are available on the Inspire Conference Competition page.

Kingston event June 24 to 26

Mark your diaries, update your calendars, and notify your friends.  You are going to be busy building a brand new business from Friday 24th of June to Sunday the 26th of June!

Launch48 announces Kingston Launch48, the UK’s first Launch48 event in 2011 to be held in conjunction with Kingston Entrepreneurs at Kingston University.

Tickets are onsale now, and there are a limited number of early bird tickets and student tickets available starting at £29.95 for the whole weekend.

The event will be held at Kingston University and will make use of their newest building at the Penrhyn Road Campus with open-plan work areas and laptop-designed workstations.

Keep an eye on http://kingston.launch48.com and @launch48 for sponsor and mentor announcements as the event approaches.

Enfinite event announced at Imperial College London

Imperial Entrepreneurs, who are working closely with Launch48 to organise a Launch48 event in London later this year, has announced a new event for social entrepneneurs; Enfinite: Potential Unleashed.

The event will include 10 teams of 5 from some on London’s best business schools competing for £500.00 in prize money and support from their sponsors including IBM, who is sponsoring Launch48′s Inspire Conference.

The event takes place at Imperial College on Saturday the 11th of June 2011 and you can apply by visiting their web site.

Launch48 is hoping to attend to offer guidance and introductions to our wider network of mentors and sponsors to successful teams.  We hope to see you there.

Visit the Enfinite: Potential Unleashed web site for more details.

May 2, 2011

UK Gov Startup Grants discussed at Flagons Den

Recently the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) was given money by the UK Government to distribute to technology and innovate startups. This drew a lot of interest and some controversy when it was announced.  The grants can be up to £100,000.00 and there are a number of rules and ways companies can apply for them. Techcrunch has a good writeup and you can apply and ready about the grants at InnovateUK.org.uk

For those who are interested to learn more about the grants, want to practice pitching, or just want to hang out with startups you may want to visit Flagons Den on Tuesday the 17th of May at the Innovation Warehouse near Smithfield Market/Clerkenwell.  It’s free and includes some drinks and nibbles.

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