South-West Founders Meetup

  • March 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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On Wednesday March 13th we team up once more with the IET and the BCS to bring you something a little different. From 6pm, Grev Commins will be giving a talk on 'Sizing the market', which will be followed by some real life examples.

Tickets for the event are free, and SouthWest Founders will follow on as normal at the end of the session.

You can register for tickets and find out more at the event website - and don't forget to RSVP for SWF as normal.

Sizing the Market

in association with The Watershed, South West Founders, IET & BCS
Do you have any customers out there?

"Entrepreneurs often spend far too long perfecting their product and not enough time testing it with the market" – so says James Caan. He believes that instead of only spending 10% of the development time talking to customers, it should be more like 50%. By speaking to the market, businesses could solve problems sooner, assess whether the product will actually sell in quantity and maximise the profit potential. This will enhance their chance of raising finance, and being successful when they do launch.

This networking event aims to explore the journey faced by innovative businesses when identifying the optimum market segment for new products or services.

Our speakers will look at how to measure the size, and assess the growth potential,of your chosen market, even when your product/service is unique. So, when you next pitch your idea, you will be able to answer the questions – “How many potential customers are out there? What evidence have I got to support this? How can I find this information?”

Greville Commins, Varoom Limited, helps to accelerate start-up businesses, improving their chances of a successful product launch or gaining investment. Using his skills in marketing, business development, and leadership & mentoring skills, Greville has directly helped start-ups excel. Greville has over 25 years’ experience in technology marketing, creation of business partnerships and the launching of new products to the market. Greville also lectures on Enterprise at the University of Bristol and guest lectures on the University of Bath MBA courses.
We will also have two entrepreneurs who will give real life examples of their experiences of determining their market size and how successful they were.

Matt Hatch, CEO of Red7Mobile Ltd, a professional app development company. Matt has previously held positions with Gnodal, Mubaloo and Forward Loop. He has over 25 years experience in the high tech industry, working in a range of companies and sectors from multi-national corporates and SMEs to setting up his own startups.

6.00 - 6:30 Arrival and networking over coffee (a cash bar is also available)
6.30 - 7.00 Greville Commins - Sizing the Market
7.00 - 7:30 Case Studies
7:30 - 7:45 Q&A
7:45 - Join the South West Founders for informal networking with free food and drink


South West Founders is a monthly meet-up for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech start-up founders. We welcome entrepreneurs and tech investors with open arms, but discourage freelancers, consultants, lawyers and other service providers unless they have a genuine interest in founding or mentoring start-up businesses. We have a strict 'no selling' rule at our events.

The format of the meet-up is very casual. Turn up, sign in and get a name badge which will tell everybody who you are and what you've come for. The badge also has one other important purpose - it will get you free drinks at the bar.

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  • Matt D.

    Great event as always. Thanks to the sponsors for the drinks and food.

    March 14, 2013

  • Matt T.

    Great evening, lots of interesting people. Thanks for organising James, much appreciated.

    March 14, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Guest: my business partner Tom.

    March 12, 2013

  • Josef K.

    Looking forward to getting some insights into how to successfully bring a new partner on-board.

    March 12, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Looking forward to this Meetup!

    March 7, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Funny you should say that because I was just kindatryingtodothat. Howabout:

      March 8, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Social Network, Noticeboard, mini blog, local marketplace where you let people know what you're doing/selling/promoting by posting up a display and indicate what activity you're into by anchoring your display among people engaged in similar activity.

      March 8, 2013

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