Philippa Main took part in the inaugural Startup Weekend Nottingham 2013. Here are her thoughts from last year!
The Start Up Weekend Nottingham started off with a BANG. We stepped into a room full with enthusiastic people, buzzing with ideas, insights, and a welcome glow. It was a weekend full of good food & great company. This event was well laiden with business minds, from all ages. The technical minds were being competed over since they were in such short supply. There was a lot of welcomed pressure – bringing an idea alive in two and a half days brings that. But despite all the ups and downs, I thoroughly enjoyed my time. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and how I work. It also made me very aware of where my strengths lay, and where they definitely did not, what sort of work environment I loved, and the people I work best with. I’m still in contact with many of the participants who I met at the weekend, and on recalling it, I can’t help but respond with a smile. It was truly an invigorating weekend. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to mix things up a bit, meet some engaging and inspired individuals, and jump in to the world of possibilities.
My participation at the StartUp Weekend led me to participate in the European Innovation Academy (a three week business accelerator in Nice) where I met, and worked with the CEO of Foodloop. I was offered a job after the Academy.
Source: Philippa Main – Head of PR at FoodLoop GmbH