Leicester Launch48 Weekend


Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd Nov 2014


DOCK, Leicester

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Leicester Launch48 Weekend Accelerator is here!

The Launch48 Weekend Accelerator is a unique experience for building web startups with people from a range of backgrounds and different sets of skills.

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

Cost: Early Bird: £39.95, Standard Ticket: £49.95, Student Ticket: £29.95

What is launch48:

Why attend:

  • Before the Event:

    Buy your ticket to attend the event - everyone is welcome – techies and non techies.

  • 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 and have loads of fun manically turning your idea into a startup.

  • Success Stories:

    New startups. Teams that form multimillion pound companies. New jobs. Ideas for your next startup.

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    The Launch48 Weekend Accelerator, 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 Accelerator 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 21st Nov 2014: 18:00 to 22:00

Saturday 22nd Nov 2013: 9:00 to 22:00

Sunday 23rd Nov 2014: 9:00 to 22:00


DOCK, 75 Exploration Drive Leicester LE4 5NU

Organisers, Mentor's & Judges

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      'company' => 'vzinternet',
      'bio' => 'David has over 20 years experience building scalable internet and enterprise systems.  He started his first venture while still an undergraduate at Imperial College London doing complex financial modelling for futures and options trading. In 1995 David co-founded an internet startup which was acquired in 1998 by a Silicon Valley company so he moved to Silicon Valley to lead their new E-Business division. In 2006 he co-founded Connected Box Software, a security research incubator, and in 2012 they spun off his current venture, vzInternet, which does banking security software.',
    array (
      'company' => 'Ultimate Web',
      'twitter' => 'benrav',
      'bio' => 'Ben is a Leicester-based entrepreneur with twelve years’ experience at web development agency Ultimateweb Ltd [http://www.ultimateweb.co.uk] and more recently, a founder of audience polling software startup ParticiPoll.com [http://www.participoll.com]. Ben kick-started Leicester’s tech community in 2013 and is keen to pass on his experience to other aspiring startup founders.',


  • Can I sponsor Launch48?

    Yes, Oxygen 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?

    Not if you don't want to. All attendees at Launch48 events are invited to pitch but pitching is not required at all.

    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.

  • How does ownership work?

    Launch48 does not take a stake or ownership of any of the web businesses created during the event.

    What if I can't attend the entire event?

    We'd strongly encourage you to make time for the entire weekend as from our experience, this is where attendees get the most out of it. If you need to leave a little earlier on one of the days then that's fine.

  • What happens after Launch48 Weekend?

    What happens afterwards is up to your team - some of our greatest success stories have come from founders who met at the event, and then continued to work on their ideas. Oxygen Startups will always try and help you take your idea forward, and you may wish to sign up to our Pre-Accelerator or Accelerator programmes.

    Will my IP be protected?

    Unfortunately Launch48 cannot guarantee the protection of your Intellectual Property (IP). Our experience shows at the idea stage, there's very little to protect. After that, once your idea is sufficiently developed, you may need to look into this further.

  • How does pitching work?

    Make your pitch as compelling as you can, and covers the points other people would want to know.

    Unfortunately because of the number of pitches we are expecting and the short amount of time, we cannot have people use powerpoint but if you want to use paper/card/drawings/printouts you may as they have zero setup time!

    Will I be able to contribute to Launch48 Weekend effectively?

    Yes! Everyone can participate in Launch48. The ways you can participate include:

    - Being part of a team and helping out where you can
    - Taking a lead and driving part of the web business forward
    - Pitching an idea on the Friday (this is optional, not everyone has to pitch)
    - Learning a skill your group doesn't have and filling a gap in your groups knowledge
    - Organising your group
    - Teaching others a skill you have so others learn

    It doesn't matter if you have been working in the web industry for 20 years, or haven't yet launched your own web business and you want to learn what it takes to launch a web business. Everyone is welcome, and Launch48 is structured in such a way that everyone will have ample opportunity to take on as much work in a groups web app as they want.

  • How might I contribute effectively?

    It is recommended people who attend Launch48 do the following to help their team and themselves:

    - Help a group by taking on a task you have experience in, or are good at.
    - Trying something you haven't done before or want to learn more about, possibly by working with others in the group or with the mentors who already have those skills.

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