London Launch48 weekend


Friday 25th to Sunday 27th Jul 2014


Central Working, 69-89 Mile End Road, London, E1 4TT

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Our London Launch48 Weekend is here!

The Launch48 weekend is a unique experience for building 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, 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 Facebook page, 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 08:00 – 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 08:00 – 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 25th Jul 2014: 18:00 to 22:00

Saturday 26th Jul 2014: 9:00 to 22:00

Sunday 27th Jul 2014: 9:00 to 22:00


Central Working, 69-89 Mile End Road, London, E1 4TT

Organisers, Mentor's & Judges

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      'company' => 'Founder - Oxygen Accelerator',
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      'company' => 'TechHub',
      'twitter' => 'nushkino',
      'bio' => 'Anushka selects the startups accepted to TechHub',
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    array (
      'company' => 'Director of General Assembly UK',
      'twitter' => 'deslangles.com',
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    array (
      'company' => 'Angel Investor',
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      'company' => 'CEO HaikuJAM',
      'twitter' => 'dhrupadkarwa',
      'bio' => 'Dhru knows a thing or two about what a good startup idea looks like. He got funding at the first hackathon he attended! Currently, Dhru is working on HaikuJAM, backed by the team behind Just Giving and was recently featured in TechCrunch, CNET, Forbes and The Guardian.',
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      'company' => 'Mailjet',
      'bio' => 'Amir is the inbound marketing lead at Mailjet. Wondering about how to market to users? Come and ask him!',
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      'company' => 'Mailjet',
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      'bio' => 'Toby is in charge of Developer Relations at Mailjet. ',
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      'company' => 'Makers Academy',
      'bio' => 'Come and ask Spike about all things tech!',
    array (
      'company' => 'Co-Founder Dare To',
      'twitter' => '@OfficialDareTo',
      'bio' => 'Matt knows a thing or two about how to win a hackathon. This year, he won TechCrunch Disrupt, which earned him the unofficial "hackmaster" title. Matt is also the founder of Dare To, a London based mobile app. ',
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      'company' => 'Vidsy',
      'twitter' => 'Vidsysocial',
      'bio' => 'Archie, Alex and Gerard meet at Oxygen Weekend exactly one year ago. Today, they serve large corporate customers including Sony, Lipton, Tango Drinks and The Post Office.',
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      'company' => 'Ideas Lab',
      'twitter' => 'tweetanor',
      'bio' => 'Product developer and nerd extraordinaire, Eleanor Harding has won several Hackathons including TechCrunch Disrupt and the Skype Codess Hackathon for Women in Tech. She is a multimedia geek with a developer’s mind, designer’s hands and strategist’s vision. By day, she works at a London based Ideas Lab to help founders bring ideas to life with a sprinkle of magic.',
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      'company' => 'CEO Lowdown',
      'twitter' => 'djsenior13',
      'bio' => 'Whatever startup experience you can think of, David has experienced it. Whether its the exhilarating high of getting featured in TechCrunch and VentureBeat, or the low of getting noticed by large corporates for competitive reasons, David can tell you how to get through it.',


  • 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.

    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.

    Each group should decide during the event how they want to distribute ownership and the intellectual property across the team.

    Some examples of what has previously happened at Launch48 events include:

    - Teams have licensed their IP under open source/creative commons allowing anyone to continue using the IP for their own purposes
    - Teams have formed companies and transferred ownership of the IP to the company
    - Teams have decided to do nothing and leave the event each having a right to the IP they 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 the Sunday 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).

    If you believe you idea has value, we would recommend you do not pitch it as attendees are not asked to sign an NDA by Launch48.

  • 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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