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Co-Founder Speed Dating & Pitching #7

The ORIGINAL and still the BEST co-founder speed dating & pitching event EVER!!!!!

If you are looking for co-founders or connections in general; if you want to pitch your idea/product/service/skills/etc. or if you just want to come and watch an entertaining, rapid fire event, then this is THE one to attend.


FORMAT
(Timings are approximate):

7.00pm - Welcome from the organisers

7.05pm
- A word from our sponsors (WizEmail, Develapps, Elance)

7.15pm
- Guest Speaker 1 Lisa Devaney, Expert Tutor for The Mobile Academy CPD, hosted by Mobile Monday London and UCL, will be talking to us about "DIY PR".

Sharing tips from her two decades of communications experience, Lisa Devaney will help you understand what is, and isn't, news. She'll give you the edge for helping your business get headlines and insight for how to create press materials that won't annoy journalists. This is a taster workshop of the full session she does for The Mobile Academy.

Lisa has more than two decades of experience in the media industry, and has worked with: HipLogic, Skyfire, AdMob, Vodafone, Microsoft, Olympus, Motorola and many more. With her Hai Media Group she helps many new technology startups win headlines. Three startups she has worked with have sold for millions.

7.30pm - Guest Speaker 2: Stuart Hillston,  CEO of Constellation Capital, a specialist adviser to early stage entrepreneurs, primarily in the software, digital, mobile and medical device sectors, getting them investor ready and finding equity capital. Stuart will be talking to us about "10 Things NOT To Write In A Business Plan"

Stuart is a mentor for the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Wayra, Oxygen Accelerator, UCL Smile and LSBU, is a board advisor to 4 companies (as of Jan 2014) and is a partner in a training & coaching business which teaches pitching and sales skills to entrepreneurial people.

7.45pmSTRICTLY '30 second' speed pitching*

*Suggested breakdown for 30 second pitches (Remember: practice makes perfect!): 
10s - Who you are. 
10s - What you do/are working on. 
10s - Who/what you are looking for.

8.15pm - 'Dating' and socialising


PS - If you would like to be one of the Key Note speakers, please email [masked] for more details and/or to apply.

PPS - If you would like to become one of our sponsors, please email [masked] for more details and/or a sponsorship pack.


NB - On the off chance that you might be confused by the title of the event, this is NOT a romantic event, it is purely for BUSINESS!! ....... although what happens afterwards, well, that's up to you! :)

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  • Zheyi W.

    any developer around canary wharf area? we could potentially meet up -- myself, developer too

    July 3, 2014

  • Luciano

    It would be nice to attend but I couldn't I'm still looking for some one help me with my wellbeing project , I'm half way to launch.

    June 15, 2014

  • Hussam N.

    Great time, thank you

    June 6, 2014

  • Robert F.

    Apologies for the delay, but the videos of your pitches are online now and can be found at our new YouTube channel. Here is the link for the videos from this event:
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgwJeitc2PmXJpcRI6uhboNpqnd_d2C1e

    3 · March 30, 2014

    • Lea B.

      Aw! Its great ;-) Thank you sooo much!

      March 30, 2014

    • Luiz F.

      Awesome! I just saw them

      March 30, 2014

  • osman

    I need to get in touch with one of the speakers at the beginning that said he was the man for MVP's. Anyone know his name/website or contact details? Cheers

    March 16, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Hi Osman,
      Yes, that was Joaquim (co-organiser of this group). You can reach him here: [masked].

      March 16, 2014

  • Glen C.

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      I don't know, both can make you happy! ;)

      2 · March 14, 2014

    • Glen C.

      Thanks for the well wishes :) It'll be good to hear your feedback on the app!

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Carl T.

    Hi all. I attended the February event, presenting Audiwings - the smart headphones that connect to Spotify et al via 3G. We recently did a feature with Sky News that helps explain what we're developing. Crucially it lasts for more than 30seconds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlDsBjkAk38&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    (Robert, hope you don't mind me posting this here. Any issues tho, feel free to remove) Thanks
    Carl

    March 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      No problem whatsoever. The whole point of this group is to help startups grow and become successful, so by all means post away! :)
      You can also use the mailing lists and message boards under the Discussion tab above too.

      March 14, 2014

  • Richard A

    I spoke to some good people at the last event. Please do follow up if you if I gave you my business card. I will too. But there was some confusion about what was intended by "CTO Co-Founder". To me, any Co-Founder is a business partner and before funding is working for equity. If you expect the other Founder to pay you before funding or revenue then you are an employee and not a Co-Founder.

    March 14, 2014

  • Robert F.

    Photos from the event are now up. Feel free to tag yourselves and/or each other. Videos following closely behind... :)

    3 · March 13, 2014

  • Fred P.

    Hi guys, Do get in touch with us if you're interested to help with our app Gimmy (the one which updates your contact details across all of your friends' devices when you change them and makes exchanging details easier). We did talk to some developers on Tuesday which was great, and anyone else who wants to help can email us at [masked] or [masked] Feel free to contact us if you are an investor, developer, entrepreneur or anyone who is interested and advice is greatly appreciated.

    Fred and Hannibal

    March 13, 2014

  • Diego G.

    Hi Devs & Ents. I would like to hear about other people experiences in working with others and set up a start-up from a legal point of view. If you have any suggestions please let me know. In relation to an MOU I am thinking about
    - partner exit conditions
    - investment schedule
    - when to put the first money on it
    - corporate structure, LTD vs LLP or other (assuming partners run their own limited)
    - protection against dilution

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am going to the following event which allows start ups to get legal advice on any questions they may have. I can't recommend it as it's my first time attending but it's at City Uni and seems legit: http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Diego G.

      I have been to the event already. Useful but for my questions the free session has not covered it all. Ultimately to do these kind of things thoroughly I might need a lawyer but I am trying to gather more information before spending any money

      March 13, 2014

  • Jt85

    It was a pleasure to discuss with some of you yesterday evening. Claire and I pitched wOndary, the planning tool for independent travellers. We had tons of good advise and very interesting discussions! For those who we did not get the chance to discuss with, do not hesitate to get in touch!

    Thanks again to the event hosts! We'll definitely come back.

    Claire and Julian
    contact.wondary@gmai­l.com

    March 13, 2014

  • Glen C.

    YOUR most treasured personal trait is....?

    A) my empathy
    B) my work ethic
    C) my creativity
    D) my fun attitude
    E) something else?....

    March 11, 2014

    • Keith B

      And if they aren't chocolate digestives, don't bother coming back again on Tuesday.

      March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Pff. Chocky Diggys - How common. I will bring some of these - http://www.fortnumand...­. Although my personal favourites are Bahlsen Choco Leibniz (http://www.bahlsen.co...­). Pure yumminess. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson - "Mmmmm, c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e!"­

      March 12, 2014

  • Ujjol R.

    Can anyone kindly give the 10 things not to add to a business plan on here? Would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    March 12, 2014

    • Keith B

      10. Typos. Don't.

      3 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Thanks Keith for doing my job for me. :)

      3 · March 12, 2014

  • Adriana V.

    Hi guys, it was a pleasure to talk with some of you last night.
    Just a reminder, I am building an app for Google Glass called find it!, and we need Android guys on board. Also, if you're a developer, wants to test your project on Glass and would be willing to give some extra help on mine, you're welcome to borrow my pair and hit me up!

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had such a great time. As an entrepreneur it was really inspiring to listen to pitches-wish I could have stayed longer but will definitely be back for the next one!

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Glen C.

    Hey All, I managed to speak with only a few of you last night - but be good to keep in contact. Just email me on - [masked] and we can stay in touch :)

    We are about to launch our mobile app - so if you would like to know when it is available, then please please sign up to our news letter so we can keep you informed.

    http://www.happijar.com/

    March 12, 2014

  • Keith B

    Such a good idea for a format and hoping it will be developed even further because it could genuinely be fantastic.

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Anyone know a cool Meetup group where we can find a developer to build us such an app by any chance? ;)

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Keith B

      I'd try e-lance if I were you ;0)

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Fantastic vibrancy showcasing the London tech scene. Everyone was approachable and engaging and there is true collaboration being fostered from this event. It really made me feel like something amazing is happening here. Very glad to be part of it all. Reminds me of my hey day in Silicon Alley, without the silly flashy bling.

    2 · March 12, 2014

    • Keith B

      Your talk was very useful for those of us that are PR-illiterate/PR-ign'­nt and I am keenly reading my notes from it again - and taking on your helpful advice after the main event. Thank you Lisa!

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      We will definitely be applying your Top DIY PR Tips ourselves shortly. Thank you for the great talk and the insightful advice.

      March 12, 2014

  • Nathalie D.

    Thanks Rob for letting me take part last night! It was great to be involved in such an exciting group and share with everyone information about London Technology Week and Internet World. In my presentation I shared the exciting news about the opportunity for 15 tech startups to win FREE space at Internet World, here is further details: http://www.internetworld.co.uk/startupshowcase/ GET INVOLVED!!!!!!

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      A pleasure to have you there. We're always happy to help promote valuable events, knowledge, resources to our members. See you at the next one.

      March 12, 2014

  • Lea B.

    Great guest speakers, great meetup, the best organisers & sponsors :-)! Thank you sooo much, see you soon.

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Paul S.

      Thanks for your appreciation to my comment. Paul

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      And we love you too. Mwah! ;) xx

      2 · March 12, 2014

  • Jeremy F.

    Really good guest speakers and great networking, really enjoyed the night and will be returning....

    Jeremy - Global Nomadic - Intern Recruitment

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Thanks for the kind words. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

      March 12, 2014

  • Xinghou L.

    Great meetup. Good to see so many like minds.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Wayne C.

    Great meeting everyone!!

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Eoin O D.

    Hi guys,

    We’re 5 programmers looking for a Back-end person to help power our user/content database, handle video streaming and help build a simple content delivery workflow. If you’d like to help out drop me a message here or an email at [masked]

    Cheers!
    Eoin

    March 3, 2014

    • A K.

      hi Eoin, still looking for the developer?

      March 11, 2014

    • Eoin O D.

      Hi, sorted on the back end thanks but we're always looking for those with commercial IOS or Android experience!

      March 12, 2014

  • Morgan

    I have an idea. And I have a potential business partner interested that has access to a database of over 250 million potential customers. I also have the opportunity for £100k seed and £100k matched. But first, I need an innovative CTO and potential business partner to flesh this out and seal the deal.

    March 10, 2014

    • Hamish W.

      Hello Morgan, I saw your 30 sec pitch last night but couldnt find you afterwards (to much of a crowd frenzy for the pizza :) ). I'm very interested to hear his I can help on the technology development and strategy side, we have been involved in 6 startups launch to date and developed many many applications including mobile, enterprise and web. So I'm sure we will be able yo help, feel free to drop me a line on [masked] to chat further.

      March 12, 2014

    • Hamish W.

      [masked]

      March 12, 2014

  • Tommaso P.

    Really liked the talks given by the guest speakers

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Paul S.

    This is one of the best I have seen. Very well done guys!

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Richard A

    Great meetup. Thanks to the sponsors & organisers.

    March 12, 2014

  • dancingbudha

    Hey Thanks Mihaela for inviting me! Was really fun meeting some amazing people. I tried to speak to as many people as possible but for those of you that I didnt get a chance to say hello, I was the guy who spoke about the Poker Project on stage. I am also a Developer. Drop me a note and lets go for coffee sometime :-)

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Hamish W.

    Hello, great event tonight there was gentleman who did a pitch on IoT tonight, I was interest to discuss further but now I can't find you here. Please message me to discuss further and how I could help with the technology aspects.

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Ion

    I am looking for job as mobile developer(iOS/Android). Could someone help me?

    Thanks

    March 11, 2014

    • Kerry

      We are looking for a developer. Email me on [masked]

      March 11, 2014

    • Ion

      hi Kerry , is your email OK?I have tried but couldn´t send you anything

      March 11, 2014

  • Glen C.

    Good buzz. Great speakers and pitches. Weldone :)

    March 11, 2014

  • Jonathan W.

    Thought this event was better than the last. Thank you very much see you next month.

    March 11, 2014

  • Ciprian C.

    @toGrandSilva motorsport online auction pitch

    March 11, 2014

  • Joseph B.

    Looks like I might not make this event for 7pm now. Is it alright to stop by later?

    March 11, 2014

  • osman

    This will be my first meet up with this group, Im working on a video sharing social network app and Ive just received the first round of investment. Im looking for a CTO that has a passion for social networks. Please get in touch if you are interested or if you would simply like to know more.

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • A K.

      I m interested. send me email with details. [masked]

      March 11, 2014

  • Honza K.

    Sorry for pulling out at the last minute. I have to work late tonight on short notice.

    March 11, 2014

  • Ade A.

    I saw very like minded people here(shame I can't attend the event as I'm a student)

    I'm currently at a non-profit Thinkspace (thinkspace.co.uk ) which is backed by Richard Branson, Jimmy Wales(founder of wikipedia), Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo and other notable figures. I'm looking for a developer(s) to co-found my projects(which are backed by a few investors).

    Feel free to connect, Email me: [masked]

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • A K.

      Ade, can you email me project details. I am interested in helping startups looking for software co-found

      March 11, 2014

    • Mohamed A.

      It's a shame, I'm a student also looking for like minded people

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys,

    Unfortunately i am unable to now make it due to a last minute commitment.

    If there is a developer who would like to join a start up with impressive traction in the first year of trading and help take the business to the next phase, please contact me on [masked] (please no agencies). We can offer SALARY+/EQUITY PACKAGE.

    March 11, 2014

  • Andrea G.

    Sorry I can't make it now - But please give me a shout if you are a talented front end (AngularJS) and back end (Java) DEVELOPER ready to commit 110% of your energy to the launch of the next WhatsApp (ah ha!) in exchange for an honest SALARY + EQUITY package? email: [masked]

    March 11, 2014

  • Morgan

    Have to cancel unfortunately. another commitment has reared its head at short notice.

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! We just launched eatro.com - an online marketplace for homemade takeaway. We've been gaining some traction and need a CTO to come onboard and help us grow! See you at the event!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Mohamed A.

      Love the website and idea ! Reminds me of KitchenSurfing :)

      March 11, 2014

    • Joe P.

      What about the Health & Safety aspect of the business, i.e. the liability for civil claims against the chef?

      March 11, 2014

  • Miguel G.

    I am a back end developer specialised in Java but also have some experience in node.js. I am looking for some freelance part time work.

    March 11, 2014

    • Ujjol R.

      Sounds great, email me [masked], have an interesting idea you may be interested in!

      March 11, 2014

    • Gordon L.

      If you have an interest in Big Data and would like to develop a business with me, please get in touch! [masked]

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys!

    I have been working on a fitness app for 7 months now. I have a unique interface, effective concept (I am a fitness fanatic so I know what I am doing) and initial video content has been produced also.

    Developer friends tell me that the initial app will take 1-2 months to develop.

    I am looking for a tech co-founder who develops in iOS. So why on earth jump on my start-up? Well, I have actually worked on it full time for about 7 months now. I used to work in advertising in the UK and the US, so I have a great sense of marketing which is very important obviously when it comes to getting your app out there. And the most important thing is I have a ton of energy, and not only because of the huge amount of coffee I drink. I'd love to show you screenshots and tell you more about my idea so get in touch!

    [masked]

    March 11, 2014

    • A K.

      would you interested to do marketing for some other "things" like software

      1 · March 11, 2014

  • Ujjol R.

    I have only discovered this website out of curiosity and excitement and have signed up, can i attend a meeting straight away?

    March 11, 2014

  • Meryam F.

    Hi my name is Meryam and I'm the co-founder of a young start up that brings gamification to the world of weight loss. Our product is revolutionizing the weight loss industry by making nutrition fun, social and engaging. A first test on a sample population has shown very promising results. We are currently speaking to a VC about a first round of funding.

    We've designed an app prototype and are now looking for an app developer (iOs and/or Android) to join our team. We can offer a salary and/or equity and most importantly the opportunity to build a product that can have a huge impact on society. Get in touch now to learn more!
    [masked]

    March 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great idea

      March 9, 2014

    • Ion

      I am interested my email is [masked]

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, can't make it tonight. BUT! If anyone with funding is looking for a CTO character, let's have coffee!

    March 11, 2014

  • Xinghou L.

    Got a new version of my app released: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xmart-calculator+/id827740598?mt=8

    This is a revolutionary calculator that gives you instant results, traceability and you can define your own functions, just like using a smart programming language.

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Chris E.

    Owner of one of the best social media tools available on the app store http://www.staticforiphone.com/

    Always on the look out for Epic UI/UX designers and mobile developers.

    Been selected for TNW boost and Static has been mentioned in articles written by quite a few influencial bloggers, 148apps, cult of mac, tuaw, TNW and so on. I have made a lot of changes since then and after the update i will submit next week i feel it has a strong foundation i am looking for investors to take it to the next level and social media marketers to start pushing it a bit harder.

    March 11, 2014

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