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Late Summer BBQ featuring the "I'm looking for..." pitching session

  • Sep 4, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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We are delighted to announce that BathSPARK's Late Summer BBQ is back! 

A big thank you to our sponsors Gradwell, Ashfords and Complete Control whose generous support has enabled us to once again provide you with free drinks and a fantastic BBQ at The Green Park Brasserie on Wednesday 4th September. And a thank you to Rik & Ripe Digital who will, once again, be kindly printing the name badges for us.

This year, the summer BBQ will play host to BathSPARK's first "Hi, I'm looking for..." pitching session. Essentially, we will be inviting people to sign up if they want to pitch the room for anything that can help their business. So, if you are looking for staff, premises, investment or simply some feedback on your idea (or anything else), you should use this chance to stand up and pitch the 100 BathSPARK attendees.

The stand up pitches are to last no more than 2 minutes. The format is you have to state what you are looking for at the start of your pitch (e.g. "I am looking for feedback on my new startup idea", or "I'm looking for a designer to help me with my app", etc...) and then proceed to explain who you are/what it is you do. 

Anybody who wants to pitch needs to sign up in advance - please just email one of the organisers with your details. We will not allow general sales pitches (e.g. "Hi, I'm looking for customers, and this is what my business does), we are looking for people/companies who have specific needs. 

We have capacity for 100 people, however, we will release the tickets for the BBQ in batches to give everyone a chance to get theirs. This is an extremely popular event, and tickets will be in high demand, so please make sure you will be able to attend when you RSVP. Obviously, if you sign up successfully for a pitching slot, you will automatically get a ticket.

Thanks and we hope to see you on the 4th!

Team BathSPARK

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  • Chris E.

    Many thanks for organising the event, brilliant to find out that there is so much tech happening in little o'l Bath.

    The pitch from Mayden was,

    We are looking for a designer to join Mayden as a full time design creative working alongside our UX specialist to create beautiful software, marketing material and infographics for our analytics team.

    Do drop me a line if are interested or pass on the details to anyone else you might think would be interested.

    September 9, 2013

  • Angus L.

    Brilliant event, thanks so much for organizing it

    September 8, 2013

  • Roger E.

    Excellent combination if people both pitches and the milling-chance-meet crowd. Sensible setting and location .

    September 8, 2013

  • Dulcie C.

    Absolutely great event, great people, great food, great drink.
    No bad words.

    September 5, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    Thanks everyone. Summary: I need help building a compelling online presence, to not only explain Avant Garde Science, but also what it means. Info at
    There is also a subliminal self-hypnosis program in the testing stage which automatically induces biased expectations – thus simulating the effect of doing visualisations – while you are working at the computer. I would like to get this finished and open source it if anyone is interested.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Adrian L.

    Thanks for letting me gate-crash the event last night. I only found out about it yesterday afternoon and was too late to RSVP. Enjoyed the 2 minute pitches, especially the Self-Hypnotising App - legendary. Looking forward to making some of the breakfasts over the months ahead.

    September 5, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Sounds like a plan, Stephen!

    * Looking for experienced local Marketing Directors who want to build a portfolio lifestyle as a part-time Marketing Director with The Marketing Centre.

    Met some really great people last night - don't forget to send me your details to [masked] or connect at:

    Thanks to the sponsors and our wonderful organisers for a truly stonking sausage 'n' tech extravaganza.

    September 5, 2013

  • Stephen

    Thanks to everyone!

    It would be handy to have everyone who spoke posted a quick reminder of what you are looking for. Let me start:

    * Know a good object oriented coder, preferably with iPhone or Android experience? More info:

    * Looking for an online marketing manager

    PS - As I mentioned, if you haven't checked out The Guild in the Guildhall across from TK Maxx, check it out. It's a way funky co working space. More info:

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Richard G.

    Good catching up with folks and appreciated the opportunity to pitch for a great front-end developer/designer . Thanks to the sponsors and organisers!

    September 5, 2013

  • Rupert B.

    That was really good. Nice to see everyone & to hear the pitches.

    Although I'd echo Tree's suggestion: a summary email to the whole list (for those who couldn't hear, or couldn't make it) would be good.

    September 5, 2013

  • David Maher R.

    Thought the 1-minute pitches was a good addition to the format.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Dave K.

    Great to see such a good turn out :-)

    September 5, 2013

  • Tree

    Really good meetup, and met some very interesting people. I couldn't hear all the pitches from where I was standing near the back, and for the benefit of the wider sparkie group might it be worth sending a follow up email around with a couple of sentences about what each of the pitchers was looking for?

    September 5, 2013

  • Jo

    Great evening with some lovely people :-)

    September 4, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Hugely looking forward to this- has literally been years since I made one (though I dropped into the last one for about 5 minutes)- hope to see a lot of new faces

    September 3, 2013

  • Pete D

    Hi - I'm a member of this group, thought I wound be away with work, but am now in town. Please let me know if I can grab a last minute ticket - ? Thanks Pete

    September 3, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    just spotted I missed this by 12 hours... :( any chance of adding 2 latecomers please? Both of us are BathSpark members...

    September 2, 2013

    • David Maher R.

      Hi Jackie - that should be fine. Who is the other person?

      September 2, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Could I pls reserve a ticket - and (another) veggie burger? Thanks

    August 30, 2013

    • David Maher R.

      You need to RSVP to the meetup to get a ticket for yourself. And if you want somebody else to come, you need to get them to join BathSPARK and RSVP to the meetup. We won't hold tickets for people on the door.

      August 30, 2013

  • Jamie R.

    Any chance there will be any veggie burgers? +1 for me

    August 30, 2013

    • David Maher R.

      There will be a veggie option. Either veggie burgers or veggie sausages.

      August 30, 2013

  • Anthony L.

    Would love a burger, but I'll be in sunny* Blackpool

    * Sun may be replaced by other weather conditions without prior notice

    August 29, 2013

  • Danny N.

    Sorry, I can no longer make this as I forgot it's my wedding anniversary!! That's one event I can't miss. Have a good one.

    August 28, 2013

  • Ben H.

    Really looking forward to this BBQ event, its my first BathSpark event and I hope I know at least one person there. The pitching sessions are a great idea - I'm looking forward to them.

    August 26, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Can we have a caption competition on the photo above?

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Brian P.

      Leftguy: "List<String>­ str = new ArrayList<String>(­);" Rightguy: "String myString = str.get(0);"
      Middleguy: "Will you two stop talking with your mouths full..."

      August 23, 2013

    • Ben H.

      "wot? Do we like 'my Lidl pony' ??"

      August 26, 2013

  • Stephen

    Look forward to seeing you all. If you know of a good coder, drop me a line. I'm looking to hire full or half time. More info:

    August 22, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Expanding The Marketing Centre into the West Country and looking for Marketing Directors with web/tech/software backgrounds who want to build portfolio careers. Grab me at the barbie or drop me a line if you are interested.

    August 21, 2013

  • Alan E.

    At NCT class that night so my pitch may be for more sleep. Am available to write code for coffee if anyone has a requirement for SQL, or .net experience.....

    August 21, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Have fun folks. On a rare trip out of the country... xx

    August 21, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Even though I am not going to be there I have a pitch:
    "I am looking for a software developer with GIS experience"

    Please get in touch if interested.

    August 21, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Would love to be there but exhibiting at Trade Show in Shanghai that week. Next time!

    August 21, 2013

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