Birmingham Launch48 Weekend – Transport


Friday 17th to Sunday 19th Oct 2014


The Studio, Birmingham

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Birmingham Launch48 challenges you to create the next big app in transport, working with our expert team of developers, designers and mentors.

You'll get a unique opportunity to see your ideas for an app that transforms the transport industry brought to life in just 48 hours in this transport tech hack weekend. Whether you're an experienced startup entrepreneur, looking to apply your skills to a new challenge, or you've never done anything with startups before, this is a great chance to take on a new experience, and achieve more in a weekend than you've ever done.

The goal is simple: pitch, build and launch a startup in 48 hours.

Cost: All tickets: Free. (We ask that you pay a refundable £20 deposit to secure your space.)

What is launch48:

Why attend:

  • Before the Event:

    Buy your ticket to attend the event - everyone is welcome – techies and non techies. Get thinking of your biggest and best transport tech ideas.

  • Friday Evening:

    Drinks, Pizza, 60 second pitches anyone can pitch - ideas can anything from just dreamed up to well researched.

  • Friday Night:

    Team formation - pick which idea and team you want to work on for the weekend.

  • Over the Weekend:

    You will learn new tools through workshops, get advice from mentors, have developers and designers working with your team, and have loads of fun manically turning your idea into a startup.

  • Success Stories:

    New startups. New jobs. A new network of like-minded people.

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    The Launch48 Weekend, is an informal, high energy event. Everyone is welcome at our Weekend Events: Benefit from networking with like-minded individuals, Learn tools to validate your business ideas, Experience what it is like to be in a startup.
    We explain all the tools we use over the weekend, so everyone is on the same page & can contribute.


    Brainstorm and research your idea. All ideas presented at Launch48 should answer the following points:

    • Idea and problem it is solving
    • Business model and monetisation strategy
    • Target market and competitors

    Refine your pitch to 60 seconds and practice. You will be presenting your idea to other attendees and we will cut you off. Pull out the most attractive parts and prepare your hook.

    Research into startup tools and methodology. This is your opportunity to test out new concepts and ways of working.

    Sign up to the Launch48 LinkedIn group, follow us on Twitter and register for our newsletter to keep up to date with the startup scene.


    Fri 18:00 – 22:00 – registration, networking, keynote presentation, business ideas are pitched, participants vote on ideas and teams are formed. Pizza, beer & soft drinks are provided.


    Sat 09:00 – 10:00 – We introduce you to the Idea Map and lean startup methodologies. A practical session focused on ways of applying these core topics to the Launch48 Weekend and your future startups. These sessions lay the foundation to the weekend and ensure everyone is starting from the same position. Breakfast is provided.

    Sat 10:00 – 22:00 – work starts on your startup, mentors work with each team to take you through brainstorming, prototyping, and business plan development. Lunch and dinner is provided along with refreshments.


    Sun 09:00 – 22:00 – continue to work on your startup, present at the Launch48 demo session in front of attendees, mentors and accelerators. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided with soft drinks available all day and beer in the evening networking session.


Friday 17th Oct 2014: 18:00 to 22:00

Saturday 18th Oct 2014: 9:00 to 22:00

Sunday 19th Oct 2014: 9:00 to 21:00


Cannon St, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 5EP

Sponsors & Partners


  • Can I sponsor Launch48?

    Launch48 has global and event specific sponsoring opportunities. Global sponsorship covers multiple events and are usually time-based. Event specific opportunities refer to a particular event.

    Can I be a mentor?

    Mentoring is reserved for people who can help attendees in a variety of ways, and Launch48 often asks mentors to demonstrate their success and why they should be giving advice to new entrepreneurs.

  • Do I need to pitch an idea?

    No, attendees at Launch48 events are invited to pitch. Pitching is not required.

    How are teams formed?

    Teams are created after the final round of pitching. Attendees are divided into interest groups based on what they want to do during Launch48. The interest groups are spaced evenly around the room. The interest groups are:

    - Development
    - Design
    - Marketing
    - Business and Finance

    Each chosen business idea is called out and attendees who want to participate in the current business idea come forward. Launch48 encourages attendees to evenly distribute themselves across the different groups, for example if all the developers go with one idea then the other ideas are likely to not have enough developers, and the developers are not going to have as much opportunity to work on an idea.

  • Do all the ideas have to be related to transport?

    Yes, this is a one-off transport focussed weekend, so we welcome all and any ideas that are relevant to transport and travel across anywhere in Europe. Even if transport isn't your passion, it's a great chance to learn how app businesses are built and scaled along with expert advice.

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