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 approximate)
7.00pm - Welcome from the organisers
7.05pm - A word from our sponsors (Elance, Microsoft, Waterfront Solicitors, Codementor)
7.15pm - Guest Speaker: John V Willshire, founder of Smithery, will be talking to us about: "Flow Engines - Hacking the Way You Work"
We always worry that we've not got enough time to do the things we want to get done, as if we can only work at a fixed, constant rate. Through experimenting with Artefact Cards and other working methods over the last three years, John has developed a simple and powerful way of setting out quick, clear ways of working in order for you to make the most of the time you have.
John V Willshire founded Smithery in 2011, a product and marketing innovation studio, that helps companies "Make Things People Want, rather than Make People Want Things". Amongst others, Smithery’s clients include Konica Minolta, Experian, Google, Carlsberg, and the Saïd Business School. As part of the in-house product experiments, John also created Artefact Cards, a system for helping people and teams play with ideas, making up card games to find better ideas whilst having more fun. They’ve been covered by the Financial Times and Maria Popova’s Brainpickings, and they’re available from the Artefact Cards shop.
7.45pm - Workshop: "One Year Of Wonder".
i) Everyone will get a couple of cards and a Sharpie, handed to you on the way in at reception.
ii) You will write down on one side of the card what you want from the event (could be very general e.g. "to learn more about who's doing what here", or very specific e.g. "I need a developer to help me build the back-end of an e-commerce site for my business")
iii) On the other side you will draw who that will help you become (Imagine yourself in a year's time - who do you want to be as a result of tonight? Draw that version of yourself.)
iv) You can the use your cards to help introduce yourselves in the networking part of the evening.
v) The goal is to find the sidekick who'll get you to be who you want to be in one year's time.
8.00pm - STRICTLY '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.
Also, we highly recommend you have a practiced and memorable pitch ready to deliver on the the night as we have same fantastic prizes to give away to the best pitches including Nokia phones, Artefact cards, Elance vouchers and more.
8.30pm - 'Dating' and networking/socialising
OUR SPONSORS FOR THE EVENING:
PS - If you would like to be one of our future guest 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! :)