This is the second of our six month series of monthly afternoon creative workshops that examine each stage of the Entrepreneur’s journey from Startup through to Global Company, bringing together Expert Mentors and Entrepreneurs to identify and understand the issues at each stage and ways to overcome them
Month 1 - February 19th - The Idea Stage
Month 2 - March 19th - Building your MVP
Month 3 - April 23rd - Accelerators & Incubators
Month 4 - May 21st - Growth and Market Share
Month 5 - June 18th - Internationalisation
Month 6 - July 23rd - IPO
We'll be videoing the session as usual for those of you who are unable to attend. You may click here to watch the videos from our previous seminars and here to see the photos.
Please be aware that the agenda is updated on a regular basis
12:30 - Arrivals
Refreshments will be provided coutesy of our Sponsors
13:00 - Welcome address and introduction
Eddie George, Founder & CEO, NewFinance
Mariela Atanassova, Innovation Facilitator
13:10 - What is an MVP and how should you approach building one?
We'll define the MVP in the context of the Entrepreneurs journey from Startup to Global Company, highlighting key approaches to building one and the options available to Entrepreneurs.
13:20 - An Introduction to the Mentors
A series of short pitches for each Mentor to describe the typical problems that occur at this stage within their area of expertise, but without explaining the solutions. The goal is to help Entrepreneurs identify which Mentor they should talk to in more detail to address the specific issues or questions that they have.
We're very pleased to welcome:
Olga Pavlovsky, Co-Founder of WarRoom.io, a company that helps Entrepreneurs build a fully functional MVP in just 3 days! Also COO at Imaginary Cloud a web and mobile consultancy helping high growth startup companies navigate the challenges that allow them to launch their online products successfully.
Elias Haase, Founder of BitSilk, building high quality web, mobile and desktop platforms for startups, from early first versions to later stage systems; also taking over existing platforms and providing fix, maintain and new feature services
Farid Tejani is a Managing Partner at Ignitr consulting, a software engineering consultancy working exclusively within the finance industry. Ignitr consulting catalyses change and innovation in FinTech by challenging traditional approaches, and attitudes, grafting collaborations and embracing modern speed.
14:00 - Best Practices chatrooms
We'll break out into small groups to work in interactive sessions with each Mentor, Entrepreneurs may visit the topics that are relevant to them, and we'll rotate to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to meet.
The goal is that in each 'chatroom' the Mentor will explain how to address the different challenges in this area, give tips and tricks, and the Entrepreneurs will be able to ask questions and engage easily.
16:00 - Learning and Reflection
We'll ask everyone to highlight their key learnings from the session, we'll scribe and video this section and produce a summary doc to share with Delegates and more widely within the NewFinance group
16:30 - Closing address
Recap, feedback shout-outs, future event details and final messages from Eddie and Mariela
16:31pm - Networking opportunities
Refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Sponsors
17:00pm - Workshop ends
For those of you who would like to continue networking, we'll retire to a local cafe-bar
There are only two weeks left to apply to the Barclays Accelerator, a FinTech specific programme powered by Techstars, the world's #1 accelerator. Applications are due March 31.
General Assembly have provided a code ACCSCHCOWOPTNR2014 that will provide a 15% discount code on any class or workshop from GA. One of the most relevant to the MVP stage is the WDI Immersive course, check it out