'company' => 'Working on a startup called TwoTen',
'bio' => 'Chris Puttick has worked in many sectors, with his last proper job,
some years ago, working as senior manager in the construction sector.
He\'s also worked with tech in the education sector on and off for 20
years, worked for a dot com in the late 90s, and developed new
business units wherever he\'s worked. Currently he\'s mostly working on
a startup called TwoTen, where his main responsibility is doing
whatever a duck tells him.',
'company' => 'Co-Founder of Whisk',
'twitter' => 'nickholzherr ',
'bio' => 'Nick heads up commercial aspects at Whisk, the business put to Lord Sugar in the final of the BBC Apprentice 2012. He has 3 years of commercial experience heading up two successful start-up companies where he has been responsible for product design, user experience and all management aspects of the businesses. In 2011 he was named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year for entrepreneurship after being named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Insider in 2010. He grew up in Switzerland and loves home cooking.',
'twitter' => 'mmmmmrob',
'bio' => 'Rob Styles is a web technologist who’s been building web-based systems since the early nineties. He was one of the team behind the launch of Egg in 1999 and several other innovative finance sites. He was one of the early voices behind Open Data Commons (http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/1-0/) and has a keen interest in data on the web.
Rob has been involved in several other successful hack events and brings technical expertise to Launch48, providing help and support on how to build web systems that are both fast and scalable yet simple enough to build quickly.',
'company' => 'Co-Founder & CEO at Oxygen Accelerator',
'twitter' => 'simonjenner',
'email' => 'email@example.com',
'bio' => 'Even as a school boy Simon was a budding entrepreneur, running a car washing business at the age of 12 then progressing to a tuck shop business by the age of 16.
Simon studied IT at university and started his career working for BT’s Research & Development division. After a few years working for large enterprises, the entrepreneurial bug was back. Aged 26, he started Trinity Security Services, an IT security professional services company. Trinity delivered IT security solutions to customers such as Cadbury Schweppes, Bank of England, RSPB and Tesco. A successful exit of Trinity via a trade sale took place in 2008.
In 2008/09 Simon launched two web startups, inbizvest.com & ilikeucoz.com. Both failed but provided an important learning experience. In 2009 Simon then co-founded Urban Coffee Company, which now has 2 retail outlets in Birmingham and plans for further national growth.
Simon was previously the Head of Incubation at Birmingham Science Park and incubated 50+ tech startups in 36 months.
Simon is now the CEO & Co-Founder of Oxygen Accelerator.',
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:
- 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.