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The Exeter Startup Weekend, the third of its kind, returns this summer with its continued commitment to looking for ideas that could change the world. Set across three days (June 10th – 12th) in The Innovation Centre at the University of Exeter, the Exeter Startup Weekend will act as a hub for nurturing creativity, design and entrepreneurship.

Partnering with the Univesity of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, The Innovation Centre and SETsquared Exeter, this Exeter Startup Weekend is sure to build on the successful format of previous years and offer a number of different ways to learn how to apply entrepreneurship to your daily life. With prizes of mentorship and investment to be won from The Innovation Centre, SETsquared and Exeter City Futures, there’s absolutely no reason not to get involved!

 What’s the Focus of the Exeter Startup Weekend?


Following a familiar structure to former Exeter Startup Weekends, the event will give entrepreneurs the chance to pitch an idea to the audience, with the top ten ideas getting voted through. These ideas will then be the ones that are worked on over the 54-hour weekend.

This year will have a particular focus on:

  • Products and services which have the potential to enrich the quality of life and environment in the city of Exeter.
  • New business ideas that help with the city’s sustainable needs, with the specific aim of reaching zero congestion and zero carbon emissions by 2025 in the energy, transport and health sectors.

However, any and every entrepreneurial idea is welcomed over the weekend, whether this is for profit or social good. The weekend is about discovering hidden talent, world-changing ideas and receiving expert mentoring with a focus on ‘less talk, more action’. By bringing together a large group of like-minded individuals, this is sure to be a fast-moving, high-powered weekend that produces some amazing startups.

What’s On Offer?

Tickets start at £25.00 for students and £35.00 for everyone else.

The weekend itself will run from 5:30 pm on Friday 10th until 8:30 pm on Sunday 12th, and will involve presentations, meetings, speakers, networking and, of course, food, so get ready for a jam-packed weekend! With the event now in its third year, the timetable has been tailored to ensure each and every attendee gets the most out of every day.

Can Exeter Become Britain’s Next Startup Hub?

It’s no accident that this startup weekend is placed in Exeter; the city is quickly becoming one of the main creative hubs in England. With the local councils placing an increased focus on innovation and backed up by some of the country’s most successful universities, Exeter is now home to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs. This event is not the first of its kind, with the similar Google Startup Weekend also hosted here in 2015.

With the University of Exeter being ranked 93rd in the world and a vast network of investment, grants and funds being supplied throughout the city, Exeter is attracting talent from all over the world to help nurture this entrepreneurial flair. The aim of the Exeter Startup Weekend is to go further with this and to put this entrepreneurship to work to benefit others in just 54 hours. With the success of previous years, and the guaranteed success of this year, Exeter, with the help of events such as the Exeter Startup Weekend, is quickly becoming firmly placed on the world map as a hub for innovation.

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The Exeter Startup Weekend is open to anyone who wants to make a difference, regardless of sector, career or age. If you believe you’ve got what it takes to be one of our next ten investable startups, get your tickets here or get in contact with us at info@exetercityfutures.com


Natalie Collard Natalie Collard
Natalie works in the Business Support Team of the Innovation Centre at Exeter University, assisting Innovation Centre clients and working on projects such as Start-Up, Boot Camp and Accelerator programmes and entrepreneurial networks in the South West, Devon and Exeter.