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If we’ve said it once, we’d said it a million times… STARTUP WEEKEND IS NOT ABOUT THE PRIZES! It’s about problem solving and collaboration and building awesome products that change the world… even if just for a few people.

Having said that, we’ve been listening to Startup Weekend Sheffield alumni and their problems and pains for three years now! Yea, I know… we’re basically Dear Deirdre for Sheffield entrepreneurs. Our original business model of ‘make better with beer and pizza’ worked for a little while, but we fear it just doesn’t go far enough.

So… equipped with the memories of hundreds of conversations with Startup Weekend teams, we’re building prize packages to increase your chances of startup success following on from Startup Weekend. And the Sheffield startup community (and beyond) has pooled together to fund it all!

This is not an exhaustive list of prizes as the more we raise, the more we can add. This is also subject to change AT ANY TIME if we think we’ve come up with a better deal. But this is a peek at some of the post-event support we’ve got lined up for Startup Weekend Sheffield: Music & Literature teams.

University of Sheffield Most Disruptive Music Startup Award

  • Access to co-working space in a Sheffield City Centre location for three months
  • A two-day design/development sprint with a local company (one of epiGenesys, Evoluted or Yoomee)*
  • Tickets to MADE Festival 2015 (for up to six team members)
  • Access to startup support coaches
  • A one-to-one legal advice session with gunnercooke
  • A one-to-one basic accountancy and business startup session with Hart Shaw
  • A collection of six books: The Lean Startup, Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Running Lean, Lean Customer Development
  • Web hosting and domain registration for one year

University of Sheffield Most Disruptive Literature Startup Award

  • Access to co-working space in a Sheffield City Centre location for three months
  • A two-day design/development sprint with a local company (one of epiGenesys, Evoluted or Yoomee)*
  • Tickets to MADE Festival 2015 (for up to six team members)
  • Access to startup support coaches
  • A one-to-one legal advice session with gunnercooke
  • A one-to-one basic accountancy and business startup session with Hart Shaw
  • A collection of six books: The Lean Startup, Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Running Lean, Lean Customer Development
  • Web hosting and domain registration for one year

Inventure Most Disruptive E-commerce Startup Award

  • Access to co-working space in a Sheffield City Centre location for three months
  • A two-day design/development sprint with a local company (one of epiGenesys, Evoluted or Yoomee)*
  • Tickets to MADE Festival 2015 (for up to six team members)
  • Access to startup support coaches
  • A one-to-one legal advice session with gunnercooke
  • A one-to-one basic accountancy and business startup session with Hart Shaw
  • A collection of six books: The Lean Startup, Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Running Lean, Lean Customer Development
  • Web hosting and domain registration for one year

Santander Universities Overall Winner Award

The overall winning team will also receive:

  • #SWSheffield Winner trophies (for up to six team members)
  • A ‘how to pitch’ training session

To be in with a chance of winning all this, you have to be in the game! Register for your Startup Weekend ticket today and start practicing your pitch!

*We’ll allocate each winning team to the company most suited to help depending on what the team needs and what they’ve done over the weekend. The sprint might include designing a logo, creating a landing page, developing a prototype application, building a promotional website, and/or something else. The sprint will have to be arranged according to the company’s schedule and take place in July or August 2015 (unless a later date is agreed between the company and the team).



Samantha Deakin