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Startup stars of the future invited to CityStarters Weekend

The free weekend event will feature talks from startup founders (on how to build a product, acquire customers, pitch for investment) as well as mentoring from top entrepreneurs and much more


Students at City have been invited to learn new skills, network with entrepreneurs and receive expert coaching from startup founders at a free weekend event. The 2016 CityStarters Weekend is taking place on Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October, with applications still open for highly sought-after places.

The event organiser, Aurore Hochard, Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes says the weekend is a great opportunity for all students, not just those who want to learn how to launch a business. “Students will also learn how to pitch, work in teams and network with other students and entrepreneurs,” she said.

Whether students come from an Engineering background, have creative skills or have even launched a business before, the event will bring all these startup enthusiasts together to pitch ideas, form teams and hopefully launch startups together.
Aurore Hochard, Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes

Another highlight, Aurore says, is the guests who will be talking during the event. “I’m thrilled to welcome entrepreneurs and mentors to join us this year, to offer invaluable tips and support to our students who, like them, wish to change the world.”

Among these startups and founders is City alumnus Matt Bland (MSc, Marketing, 2016). Matt was one of the winners at last year’s weekend with his idea for a Juice-it-Yourself smoothie bar. As a winner, Matt was awarded a cash prize which he used as funding for a follow up idea, called EatSafe. Matt went on to win CitySpark with this idea. 

Matt will be speaking at the event, offering advice and talking about what he learnt from setting up his idea. 

This will be the second time, CityStarters have organised this weekend event. Aurore says last year’s weekend was a “great success” and the students that attended gave great feedback. Cass student Jan-Christoph Ripken said he learnt “several important entrepreneurial lessons” and talking to the mentors was really inspiring.

Daniela Nobre, a student from the School of Health Sciences, said it was “absolutely amazing” and that it was the perfect way to start her journey as an entrepreneur.  

Santander UK will be providing cash prizes this year to reward the teams with the best ideas from the weekend.

Visit the event webpage for more information and to register for the event.

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