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Unviersity of Southampton Mountbatten Building

Startup Weekend is an awesome experiential learning opportunity that brings together people from all backgrounds and experiences to build concepts into minimum viable products in just 54 hours.

Pitch, test, validate, business model, design and build an idea in just one weekend. Whether you want to crash test an idea of your own or work on somebody else's idea, this test of your problem solving, team working and creativity skills is a fast-paced, fun event packed full of learning and the opportunity to meet some awesome new people.

Beautiful, interesting, awesome ideas are brought to life at Startup Weekend. Be a part of that creation.

Startup Weekend is for everyone – a dream team typically involves a mix of ages, genders, nationalities and backgrounds. You do NOT have to be a student to attend Startup Weekend and, in fact, many attendees aren’t.

You’ll have access to expert coaches throughout the weekend, as well as great workshops, fab venues, and a whole load of delicious local food to keep you fueled.

As well as all that, you will also have the opportunity to pitch and demo your product to a panel of judges on the Sunday. But no pressure – Startup Weekend aims to create teams, not startups.

Come find your co-founder, create something beautiful, build something amazing.



Nov 9
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Golden Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Alex Berezovskiy

CEO, Leto

Alex is a co-founder and CEO of Leto. He works with technology start-ups and new ventures from all over the world, helping them to minimise their expenses and launch as fast as possible. He works closely with his team, sometimes around the clock to suit everyone's time zone. When he is not working on a client project, he's working on a new startup idea of his team as a new project or just a market test.

Alex is an expert in software engineering with a solid understanding of many aspects of software and web development. He enjoys trying out new ideas and exploring new ways to leverage technology to make the world a better (and more friendly) place to live.


Don Spalinger

Director of Research and Innovation, University of Southampton

In 2000, Don was a driving force in the founding of SPI, leading the team in defining the company and its products, hiring the senior management and technical team, and raising over $50 million in first round venture capital.

Prior to SPI, Don founded four other high tech companies: On-Stream Networking (acquired by 3Com for broadband access), Connexus (in a joint venture with Toshiba to form SpanWorks), Optical Networking Inc. (one of the first wireless LANs), and Kylex (pioneered large area, flat panel, display technology). Don has held senior management positions at The Gartner Group, DSC Communications, Racal, and Exxon. Don graduated from the University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa in Physics and has an MBA in Technical Management also from the University of Texas.

Simon Cox

Associate Dean for Enterprise, University of Southampton

Simon is a Director of the Microsoft High Performance Centre. He has a doctorate in Electronics and Computer Science, degrees in Maths and Physics and currently holds over £5mn in research grants and industrial sponsorship. He has published over 50 papers and regularly speaks at prestigious national and international conferences.

Penny Smout

CEO Hawk Conservancy Trust

Penny, is Chief Executive at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, a world leader in the research on and conservation of birds of prey. The Hawk Conservancy is one of the UK's most successful social enterprises. She previously spent over 15 years in the start-up world in both Silicon Valley (California) and the UK. She has served in operational roles, including as Chief Executive, and advisory roles in high tech, life science, and renewable energy industries. As Chief Executive, she secured the first venture capital investment of $16 million for StrataGent Life Sciences, a drug delivery device company, and positioned it for acquisition by a market-leading competitor. She has also served in senior strategy and marketing roles in multinational companies and consulting firms, both developing and accessing business plans for hundreds of companies, products and technologies.


Joe Conway

Project Manager, Leto

Joe is a mobile applications developer at Leto who graduated in 2012 from the University of Southampton with a BSc Computer Science. He is lucky enough to spend his days writing software for iOS and Android and working closely with new startups. His technical specialties involve mobile development and UI/UX design. He is passionate about music, art and technology and especially anything that combines the three.

Joe likes discussing concepts for creative pieces of software and new businesses when he is not being an overly enthusiastic git evangelist.

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