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' => 'Google ',
      'twitter' => 'RobinBhaduri',
      'bio' => 'Currently working as a Business Associate at Google, Robin is also reading for an Msc at the University of Oxford and is the UK Regional President for Kairos, the prestigious entrepreneurial and leadership society.  Having been part of successful start-ups Peerindex & Camayak, Robin has a real passion for entrepreneurship and empowerment of others.  He is currently working on two education-based social enterprises: The Oxford Bike scheme and the Mumbai Arts & Crafts Company. ',
    array (
      'company' => 'miDrive',
      'twitter' => 'miDriveApp',
      'bio' => 'Having founded, co-founded and manager a number of technology startups both in the consumer and enterprise space, Scott has a wealth of experience in the tech startup space.  Before entering tech, Scott worked at Morgan Stanley Liongate Capital Management.  Scott is currently an Investor at Mabrx inc., an advisor for EC1 Capital, as well as CEO of miDrive a digital toolkit that is reinventing the way we learn to drive through new technologies. ',
    array (
      'company' => 'Change Consultant',
      'twitter' => 'AdahParris',
      'bio' => 'A Change Consultant and network builder. A music junkie and foodie. A Burner who is obsessed with people and patterns.',
    array (
      'company' => 'Partner, Forward Partners',
      'twitter' => 'norrisnode',
      'bio' => 'David has over 20 years experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management, HR and operations. Previously. Website and Ecommerce Operations Director at Expedia, he went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses including Bookatable and HouseTrip.  At Forward Partners he invests in and advises early stage ecommerce businesses. ',
      'city' => 'London',
      'judge' => 'judge',
    array (
      'company' => 'Marketing Director, Makers Academy',
      'twitter' => 'JordanPoulton',
      'bio' => 'Jordan cut his teeth in enterprise selling kittens in the School playground, and while at school went on to run a ticket-reselling ebay business, as well as growing his high-school’s Naval Cadet Contingent from 11 people into the largest in the UK. He is the founder of the Oxford Investment Club, a past President of Oxford Entrepreneurs - where he launched the Oxford Entrepreneurs Incubation Centre and a Seed Accelerator Fund – and he is also one of the founding team of O2 Wifi. He recently returned from 6 months working for Telefonica Ventures in Silicon Valley, where he was tasked with helping to find the startups that will propel Telefonica into the 21st century, and after a brief stint as a Z list celebrity, hes now working as Marketing Director for Makers Academy Europe\'s #1 Web Developer Bootcamp.',
      'city' => 'London',
      'judge' => 'judge',
    array (
      'company' => 'CEO, ProLeads',
      'twitter' => 'SandbergMarcus',
      'bio' => 'Born in Sweden, grew up in France, studied in London, went to military service north of polar circle. Co-founded ProLeads which is the next generation big data platform for lead qualification in enterprise sales.',
      'city' => 'London',
    array (
      'company' => 'Co-Founder, Grabble',
      'twitter' => 'murraymuzz',
      'bio' => 'Daniel Murray is Co-Founder of Grabble, a Fashion Discovery Startup based in Tech City. Having previously run a startup in the daily deal sector whilst employed full time, he understands first hand the challenge both psychologically, and physically in taking the plunge from leaving a well paid career, to an unpaid role as founder, looking for investment. From absolutely no industry experience or contacts, Grabble has now raised £500,000 in seed funding to propel its proposition into the stratosphere and has been adopted by both smaller retailers and the likes of ASOS and Topshop. ',
      'city' => 'London',
    array (
      'company' => 'CEO, GoCarShare',
      'twitter' => 'DrummondGilbert',
      'bio' => 'GoCarShare connects drivers with spare seats with other people from the GoCarShare community going the same way. It uses the Facebook social graph so that members can see if they share friends or like similar music.
    The GoCarShare’s app takes this into the on demand space, meaning that it’s like Uber, but for booking a seat in anyone’s car.
    GoCarShare graduated from the Wayra academy and has raised investment twice via crowdfunding on Seedrs',
      'city' => 'London',
    array (
      'company' => 'CEO - Qudini',
      'twitter' => 'Imogenkw',
      'bio' => 'Imogen is Co-founder and CEO of Qudini, a virtual queue management platform sold to retailers, restaurants and health clinics. Originally backed through Telefonica\'s Wayra academy their clients now include: House of Fraser, Sweatshop, Honest Burgers, O2 retail, Bodeans, Almost Famous, The Diner group, Pizza East and many other well know growing restaurant chains.',
    array (
      'company' => 'CEO, Shoobs.com',
      'bio' => 'Louise Broni Mensah is the founder of Shoobs, the social event discovery and ticketing website for nightlife events, currently live in London. Louise is a Y Combinator alum, having completed the Winter 2014 programme in Silicon Valley. She has a strong, yet varied background, which has seen her manage a music artist, organise events and forge a successful career in a number of international financial institutions, including UBS Investment Bank.',
      'city' => 'London',
      'judge' => 'judge',
    array (
      'company' => 'Co-Founder, Signkick',
      'bio' => 'Dutch entrepreneur based in London. Made the move(aka left everything behind) to London 2 years ago to give our venture Signkick a proper chance. Signkick is an online self-service booking platform for outdoor advertising. We sell quality billboards and street signs in the United Kingdom online. Also Dutch startup advocate to help the Dutch gov build bridges between the London tech community and the Netherlands
    Sometimes speak, teach, mentor and advice.
    Tech City News advocate 2013, a SVC2UK Club 100 member a Tech London advocate',
    array (
      'company' => 'Director of Programmes at Skimlinks',
      'twitter' => 'mbohanes',
      'bio' => 'Michal Bohanes - Xoogler, entrepreneur, online advertiser, musician, biker
    Born in Czech, raised in Austria, came of age in Mexico, studied in Vienna and Stockholm. 
    Started my career in Booz which brought me to telco and media projects around Europe and the Middle East. Went on to complete my MBA at London Business School. Then almost 4 years at Google in a business development role. Quit in 2012 to try my luck at a food startup which failed. Despite that, apparently still employable, now Director of Programmes at Skimlinks. Singer in a rock band. Able to forget space and time when debating passionately about the meaning of life and the origins of the universe.',
    array (
      'company' => 'CEO, Songdrop',
      'bio' => 'Brittney Bean is the co-founder and CEO of London based music startup Songdrop, a way to store, play and share the music you stream online. Previously she co-founded Green House Group, a digital marketing and web development agency, and is also the co-founder of the fried chicken brand, Mother Clucker.',
      'city' => 'London',
    array (
      'company' => 'Head of Product at Secret Sales',
      'bio' => 'Marta Datkiewicz is a product specialist with 9 years of strategic and analytical experience in a start-up environment. A passionate technologist with love for all things digital, Marta started her career as part of the founding team at WAYN.com, the world’s largest travel and lifestyle social network. She drove user acquisition, retention, product monetization and growth, including responsibility for defining market opportunities and go to market strategy for numerous multi-platform product launches. Now at Secretsales. com as Head of Product, she is busy managing the product team to accelerate growth and launch a new mobile offering. 
      'city' => 'London',
    array (
      'company' => 'Co-Founder & CEO at Oxygen Accelerator',
      'twitter' => 'simonjenner',
      'email' => 'simon@oxygenaccelerator.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?

    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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