Bright business ideas showcased in Sheffield

Young entrepreneurs at the University of Sheffield.
Young entrepreneurs at the University of Sheffield.
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BRIGHT ideas for bustling new businesses will begin to burst into life today at Sheffield’s first ever Start Up Weekend.

The event will see Sheffield University experts teaming up with entrepreneurs, designers and would-be tycoons of tomorrow from across the county.

The aim is to take innovative business plans and to see them develop from concept to launch in just 54 hours.

Hosts for the weekend are University of Sheffield Enterprise - USE - and the university’s Department of Computer Science.

Top local business brains and entrepreneurs such as Plusnet founder Lee Strafford, will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology start ups.

Samantha Deakin, marketing co-ordinator at USE, said: “This is going to be an amazing weekend for both our students and the start up community in Sheffield.

“The city has a great deal of creative, digital and entrepreneurial talent and we’re really looking forward to seeing the evolution of ideas from pitch to start up in just a few days.”

This evening participants will give a 60 second pitch to the whole group and teams will start to form around the best ideas.

The rest of the weekend will be spent developing the web, mobile applications and business plan with the help of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs.

By Sunday teams will be ready to present their ideas to a panel of judges who will award prizes to the winning team worth around £1,000.

Sara Pates, business manager at USE, said: “Our mission this weekend isn’t limited to just creating student start ups. We want to engage the public as well.”