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Co-Founder Speed Dating & Pitching #9

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.

This evening is being run in partnership with City UnrulyversityTech City's free pop-up university.

FORMAT:

7.00pm - Welcome from the organisers

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

7.15pm Guest Speaker:  Dr Yves Pigneur, co-author of the Business Model Generation, will be talking to us about "Business Model Innovation & Design".

This talk aims at presenting the Business Model Canvas for designing, assessing and challenging business models. Business model innovation and industry changes will be illustrated with examples such as Nespresso, SunEdisson, and AirBnB. Design thinking attitude will also be emphasized for exploring and prototyping business models. Finally, the synergy between the business model canvas, lean startup and customer development will be briefly presented for testing business models. 

Dr Yves Pigneur is Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Lausanne since 1984, and has served as visiting professor at Georgia State University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of British Columbia. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Namur, Belgium. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Systèmes d’Information & Management. Together with Alexander Osterwalder, they authored the international bestseller Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (23 translations).

In[masked], he was visiting professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and at HEC Montreal. In the last 12 months, during his stay in Asia and North America, Yves gave 70 keynotes, talks and workshops on Business Model Design (Singapore, Tokyo and Kyoto, Beijing and Shanghai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna, Paris, Lausanne, Brussels, Berlin, Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New York).

8.15pmSTRICTLY '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.

9.00pm - '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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  • Vasudev G.

    Hey guys apologise in advance if this causes any nuisance! Its just a 3 Qn survey, and I would be Really! Really! grateful if you could just take 10 secs of your time and Fill IT uP!! Thanks so much :)) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HCT7778

    September 25, 2014

  • Dominic O.

    Hi Everyone

    Great to meet you all last night and thank you to Robert, Joaquim, Radu, Adam and Jana for organising so well. Excellent speakers and great after-speaker chats, let's keep the convos going and keep in touch. Key point of the 30' pitch last night is we are looking for talented, ambitious devs and designers to help us take newly launched and growing baagloo to the next phase. Please get in touch any time and I'll look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Dom.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Hi Dom,
      Thank you very much for coming along. Glad you enjoyed it and found it useful. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
      Rob

      May 14, 2014

    • Mark T.

      Hi Dom,
      I run a small dev crew with some very talented people no board. I'd like to discover more about your needs and give a few suggestions from dev and project management point of view if I can. If you're interested drop me a line at [masked]

      September 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    I've got a men's fashion e-commerce startup. I've got a Finance background, having worked in The City for many years and I've learnt how to code, so I don't need a coder!

    I'd like to partner up with someone that has
    a track record in marketing, an understanding of male styling, the spirit of a hustler and has contacts within the industry would be perfect. If you have any of these, let me know!

    If you're interested, drop me a message on here and hopefully I'll see you tonight!

    Cheers,

    Mehul

    May 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did digital marketing for tailor4less maybe u want to talk?

      May 13, 2014

    • Leigh C.

      Mehul, I know someone. Drop me a line at [masked]

      September 23, 2014

  • alisa

    Thank you for a fantastic evening and great to meet you all! The talk was so helpful and informative - is it possible to upload the presentation for us to access? And for all you freelancers and entrepreneurs do checkout: http://signup.fhellow.com

    2 · May 18, 2014

    • Radu S.

      Here is the video with Dr. Yves Pigneur presentation: http://youtu.be/04kZG...­

      May 28, 2014

    • alisa

      excellent - thank you!!

      June 3, 2014

  • Robert F.

    Hi guys,

    All the videos of your pitches from this event are now up on our YouTube channel. Here is the link -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgwJeitc2PmWlVdQwK1xQu_MUkzTYIJ6N.

    Please add any information in the comments sections (e.g. your name, company name, websites, emails, etc.) and we will add this to the description of your videos to help them get found more easily. Any questions, just ask.

    See you all at the next event on 10th June.

    Rob :)

    May 28, 2014

  • Bhavin S.

    Fantastic evening last night. The talk was excellent and from an incredibly informed speaker. Great to meet so many inspiring people. Thanks to Robert. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Thanks to you too Bhavin. It was a pleasure to welcome you. See you at the next one.
      Rob

      May 14, 2014

  • Toyin L.

    Great environment and people, lots of energy will definitely go to the next one. Creative way to network and meet like minded people.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Robert F.

    Fantastic turn out. Engaging, entertaining and informative talk from Yves Pigneur about the Business Model Canvas. Super refreshing and re-energizing drinks from THOR and delish pizzas from MyPixxa. All in all an excellent event, except for those who were sadly turned away at the door. Many humble apologies for that, but please do get in touch with me if you were and we will try to find a way to make it up to you. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next event on 10th June.

    May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Robert for the great event! Most importantly thank you Dr. Yves Pigneur for the valuable information.

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • kojo

      Great event well done

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Yaw

    My apologies I missed out yesterday, sounds like it was amazing!
    I am representing Growth Accelerator; I am acting as "gate-keeper" for a large source of government funding to provide specialist support and access to funding for ambitious businesses of all sizes to help them solve specific business issues. If you are business who has an ambition to grow exponentially and be at atleast £1m in revenue within 3 years but less than £40m now I can talk you through the application process...email Yaw.Ofe-Boakye@GrowthAccelerator.c­om or visit www.growthaccelerator.com for more info

    May 14, 2014

  • Alistair S.

    It was a great evening - thanks Roberts and also thanks to everyone who tried Thor Drinks. Do contact me for any further info and here's a link to our Crowdcube pitch...

    http://www.crowdcube.com/investment/thor-drinks-14887

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Redzuan I.

    I learn a lot about business sustainability. The pitching session is really interesting and I was thinking if I can inculcate this kind of activity into my group/team.

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Hi Redzuan,
      Happy to have a chat about 'inculcating this kind of activity into your group/team' with you. Please email me ([masked]) to discuss in more detail what you are looking for.
      All the best,
      Rob :)

      May 14, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Great event tonight, really glad I attended. An excellent main speaker who covered some extremely valuable subject matter in a very professional and engaging manner. The room was full but not overcrowded. Met some great people who I look forward to building strong and mutually beneficial business relationships with. Oh yes and even sampled some very interesting soft drinks! Many thanks to Rob and the team.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Thanks Matt. Great to see you again.

      May 14, 2014

  • Ace

    Fantastic event .massive congrats to Robert and the team .

    2 · May 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      Thanks Ace (Great name by the way!). Look forward to seeing you at the next one.

      May 14, 2014

  • cityunrulyversity

    Great to see you all at the event yesterday! Thanks to Rob and the team for the organisation. If you are interested to find out more about City Unrulyversity, visit our website: cityunrulyversity.com or twitter: @cityunruly

    2 · May 14, 2014

    • Robert F.

      A real pleasure working with you guys and already looking forward to working on our next joint venture.

      To all those who have never been to a CityUnrulyversity event, please make sure you go as I can't recommend them highly enough. They run some of my favourite events and in lovely venue. Do check them out as soon as you can.

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, I'm looking for one or two developers to join me in a web-casting startup. My startup has got recognized by Espark Accelerator. They have invited me to a 2nd (final) interview. If interested, please email me at [masked]. Thanks. Michelle

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Hi Michelle. In case you need a development project taking care of once it's fairly well defined, I can help you, but wouldn't be looking to join the company. Please drop me a line if you'd like to have a chat. cheers [masked]

      May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Matt.

      May 14, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Looking for a developer to help me get my ideas off the ground.

    May 13, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Hi Michael, I'd love to have a chat with you. Please drop me a line. [masked]

      May 14, 2014

  • gabriel

    If you can code or programme and have some time to Reall create and are interested in helping me creating a unique Video messaging app (for android/ios) can you give me a shout. (I know its a lil random but so is life) [masked]. design are all done just need a coder/programmer to help me create... it is a really simple idea but so practical its ridiculous. Thanx

    May 11, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Hi Gabriel, drop me a line and I'll see if I can help. Cheers. [masked]

      May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been following the Business Model Canvas. It provides a good MECE (Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive) framework. Give it a try.

    2 · May 7, 2014

    • Matt D.

      I am going to follow your lead and do just that Leonard. It was really great meeting and chatting with you tonight! Cheers

      May 14, 2014

  • Aaron H.

    hey, couldn't make it tonight :( got caught up at work. If anyone needs a full stack developer .net, JavaScript, SQL etc, please get in touch. I worked for a startup for 4 years and they sold the product I was lead dev on for over 2 million last year. Looking to own the product this time around :) Thanks Aaron

    May 13, 2014

  • Bruce M.

    Hi everyone. I have a IOT startup and would love to chat to anyone in the same sector.

    May 13, 2014

    • James

      Hi Bruce I dont know if we will have time to chat ad we have to rush back to liverpool but am interested in knowing more about your concept as we are developing an iot kit too

      1 · May 13, 2014

    • Bruce M.

      Sorry James, have had to dash. Drop me an email at [masked]

      May 13, 2014

  • Vasudev G.

    Guys at the bing hill street the front gate seems to be locked? Is there any other way to get in?

    May 13, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Hi Guys,

    I am stuck at work as well. We're a small web development group specializing in PHP (Zend Framework) and Mobile Apps. We've got solid experience with complex bespoke software and offer quick and cost-effective solutions. If anyone's interested contact me at 07828643998.
    We're based in Canary Wharf.

    www.mtsstudios.com

    May 13, 2014

  • Lionel V.

    Hi everyone,

    I am an ex-trader now building AssessUp (www.assessup.com), which is both a public platform for recruiting where people can give, receive and discover anonymous professional assessments on colleagues (while respecting the privacy of everyone); and a Saas sold to corporates for their internal employee assessment needs .

    I'm looking for two co-founders:

    A first profile would be a full stack RoR developer able to take ownership of the project. Rails 4, git and heroku, resque/redis, tests, omniauth, AJAX forms, JQuery Mobile. At ease to juggle with multiple features and algorithms: tags, crowdsourced questions, points, reputation, similarity between users, encryption (some of our user's data is hidden from us). Another profile has a commercial / MBA background and will get corporates on board (job postings, recruiting - we provide the best candidates given specific skills and questions -; and SaaS for internal employee assessments).

    Glad to chat next week.

    Lionel

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Andrew R.

      Hey Lionel, can't make it tonight but pretty much fit the bill for your tech requirements as a tech co-founder / CTO. Would love to have a chat about the biz with you, hit me up. Recruiting's/HR'­s ripe for disruption.

      May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you think the world needs a digital legacy service? users of Heavenote.com think so.

    I'll introduce you the site in the pitch. Any constructive feedback will be welcome :)

    2 · May 9, 2014

    • Andrew R.

      Is this the same one as in Hong Kong (I've just moved from there, they seem to be doing well, same biz). I think it's quite interesting. Can't make it tonight but hit me up, would love to chat. Senior dev, cofounded and CTOed biz, love startups, killer at programming.

      May 13, 2014

  • Nyron G.

    Hi, I'm the co-founder of a start up peer to business lender focused on small businesses. We are looking to grow our team and I am looking for a Developer with Ruby on Rails and front end experience and a marketing manager with traditional and digital marketing experience.

    http://www.thepaperstreet.com

    May 12, 2014

    • Andrew R.

      LOVE this idea. Was talking to a friend about social lending the other day. Would love to have a chat about it.

      May 13, 2014

    • Andrew R.

      Damn it, pressed enter. Anyways, hit me up, [masked]. I'm a senior dev with 10 years experience in dev, senior with .net and rails, cofounded and CTOed a tech biz in Sydney with an incubator, currently in London.

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Andrew R.

    Hey guys can't make tonight. I'm a rails/ .net startup dev wizard (not ninja, not rock star). Cofounded and CTOed a biz in Sydney with Pollenizer (incubator). Looking for a startup I can feel passionate about with a killer team. I also have great taste for t-shirts and people seem to like my glasses. Hit me up for a coffee. Currently in London.

    May 13, 2014

  • Nyron G.

    Hi unfortunately I showed up 10 mins late and I got turned away at the door because of overcrowding. Can you consider me for the next event to pitch?

    May 13, 2014

    • Laura D.

      Hi Nyron, I'm missing it too - stuck at work. So such excuse at Internet World though! (I work on that event). Robet is bringing Hipsters, Hackers & Hustlers speedpitching to the show so hope you can make it along http://www.internetwo...­

      2 · May 13, 2014

  • David F.

    Hi Guys - I'm unable to make this evening - if you are a startup / designer / developer, still a few spaces in SW19 based Wimbletech -www.wimbletech.com (£100/desk/month) ;)

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Matt Baxter-Reynolds (.

    I'm building a machine intelligence platform to help people make decisions from big data/social data. :-)

    2 · May 13, 2014

    • Andrew R.

      Awesome. What's your team like? Need help? Ruby/c# dev.

      May 13, 2014

  • Ekaterina L.

    Looking for a senior Django/Phyton developer to join our team. If you are a developer or can recommend a good one- please talk to me at the event or drop me a line. Thank you and enjoy the event! Ekaterina

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Sham M.

    Hi folks, I'm passionate about helping our small business economy succeed. And I've an idea to help champion local/small businesses. To move forward, I'm looking to pair up with a server-side developer (ideally open source, WAMP/LAMP) and a front-end web designer. Please do look out for me, if you'd like to talk about this further. Sham

    May 13, 2014

  • Alex

    B2B COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY MARKETPLACE

    Looks like I may well not be able to come along tonight. Annoyingly. So here's the 30 pitch, in writing...

    We're developing a platform for organisations to share or rent underutilized resources with each other, called: &Share.

    http://andshare.co

    Since mid Febuary, we've had nearly 500 organisations sign up to say they want to pilot it - including SME's, maker and co-workings hubs, charities, and universities.

    We are currently developing the platform (including looking at open sourcing it), applying for funding, and growing and engaging the user base.

    If your interested in being involved (eg: coding, grant writing, marketing, etc.) then drop me an email to:

    [masked]

    May 13, 2014

  • imtiaz

    I have a few very successful apps in google play and about to take them to apple app store. I am a professional app developer and also have a startup of my own. Prior to this I was a researcher in comp. sc. domain, familiar with cutting edge research which will make a difference in the coming years.

    I am looking for guys who are good with any of android, iOS, html5 or designer in general and can become a cofounder of my startup. Also if you wish to develop custom eye catching widgets or just have some great app ideas, drop me an email [masked]

    May 13, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Hi, if anyone is looking for an eCommerce store or a WordPress website, I can help you right along! I'll look forward to seeing you guys tonight for a chat. Cheers :)

    May 13, 2014

  • Adeola

    If you 've got an idea and would like to create an interactive prototype to demo, feel free to say hello

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Alex Nino (.

    My goodness, I think I read it right, it says 432 people attending the event tonight, I just wondering if there is enough room for all of us. It will be really interesting, looking forward, see you tonight.

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Alex Nino (.

      Where are we meeting? The cafeteria area? 2nd floor? The Google campus building is a bit large... Let me know, I will be there on time I pretend.

      May 13, 2014

    • Robert F.

      The event is happening in the main event space on the ground floor. Reception will show/tell you where to go when you arrive.

      May 13, 2014

  • Rich

    Hello all, We run an early stage Edtech business working in Tech City (Old Street), and are looking for a strong all-round web developer (front and backend) for an IMMEDIATE start. Required skills and experience:

    Strong front end experience is essential

    - CSS3, HTML4/5, JQuery and Javascript

    Preferred skills: - Experience developing in Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

    and

    - Solid experience of development in backend PHP preferred

    This is an excellent opportunity to work with an innovative startup looking to revolutionise an industry ripe for change and offering good future career prospects. Please let me know if you or any of your contacts are interested - we'd be very grateful indeed for any referrals. Email - [masked]


    For info, here is a video on how we work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkHPm9WAYJk&rel=0 Many thanks,
    Richard

    May 13, 2014

  • Dominic O.

    Hi All

    I am looking for devs and designers to join our new and growing mobile driven social shopping network, baagloo. I'm an experienced advertising entrepreneur, and the Founder/ CEO of the ambitious team we want to expand as we go to the next level.

    The core skills we are looking for include; Drupal theming- php; front end design- CSS3, javascript, sass, bootstrap, HTML5: together with creative energy.

    Please get in touch to explore more. I'll look forward to meeting you!

    Dom

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Tosin E.

      Hi Dominic, I am a Co-Founder of a start-up digital web agency based in London. I specialise in front and backend Web Development/Design and I've worked with web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, SASS, jQuery, Drupal etc. You can view my portfolio at www.theblue.agency/portf­olio/web/ If you have any questions feel free to contact me at [masked]

      May 12, 2014

    • Dominic O.

      Hi Tosin- thank you and hope to see you later

      May 13, 2014

  • Tosin E.

    Hi guys, I am a Co-Founder of a new digital web agency called the TheBlue.agency. We specialise in Web design/development and Search Marketing (SEO).

    As the web developer/designer, my main goal is helping businesses improve their website performance.

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    May 12, 2014

  • kojo

    My name is Kojo and I am the founder of http://crowdmunch.com/

    Crowdmunch is a crowdfunding platform dedicated to food projects from pop-up restaurants chefs and food creators. I am seeking a web marketing and sales person to join me and contribute to grow the business. Equity will be offered in return. Please contact me if you are interested, we can have a conversation and meet up.

    Looking forward to tomorrow

    [masked]

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Daniel A.

      Hi Kojo, your website looks great. I would love to talk to you tomorrow about getting your website noticed in the search engines. Give me a message at [masked] .

      May 12, 2014

    • kojo

      Thanks I appreciate that we want to get lots of projects on the go we will definitely chat tomorrow

      May 12, 2014

  • Daniel A.

    Hi guys. I am a Co-Founder of a new digital agency called http://theblue.agency­ . I am an SEO specialist who loves to put websites on the first page of Google. Look forwards to seeing you all tomorrow.

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have launched www.catchtalk.tv five months ago, we host, aggregate and monetise video content from conferences and B2B events and are looking for a CTO prior to securing an A round of funding. Looking forward to meeting any techies who have a passion for Video, B2B content and Marketplaces. [masked]

    May 12, 2014

  • Jeanne Le Roux JLR P.

    Sorry I have another event taking place at the same time, but would have love to join you!

    May 8, 2014

    • Robert F.

      No problem. We run this event every 2nd Tuesday of each month, so plenty of opportunities to join in. Next month we're on the 10th June.

      May 8, 2014

  • Thibaut M.

    Dear all,

    I am recently back to Europe. I spent the last 8 years in Brazil where I worked for a German multinational as Export and Marketing Manager covering the Latin-American and Caribbean regions.
    I would be very interested to hear about opportunities of startups, growing businesses or SME's that are looking to get international and are missing the link to this fast growing market.
    Feel free to email me!

    Thibaut

    May 1, 2014

  • frederick t.

    I already found my soulmate both from a personal & business point of view but I would be happy to present you our cool creation: a mobile web app enabling anyone - even kids - to create mobile web apps. It's called adsy & you can open it at http://adsy.me, there's nothing to download. Give it a try ;-) Cheers

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Aaron

    Hello,

    My names Aaron and i'm the director and founder of www.youmeandluxury.co.uk

    I'm looking for a techie person to join me and help contribute to grow the business, someone who can take the tech rains and deal with web development plus knows how to develop apps.

    Equity would be offered. Please contact me if you have interest, we can discuss and meet up. [masked]

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Mark T.

      Hi Aaron,
      we are a small web development company that specialized in bespoke web and mobile products. I believe we can offer you an amazing deal on bespoke development so please get in touch if you want to go down the agency route. Regards,

      Momchil
      [masked][masked]

      April 30, 2014

  • Simon Jackson B.

    Sounds fun.

    April 29, 2014

    • Robert F.

      It definitely will be. :)

      April 29, 2014

  • James D. L.

    Hello all. Am glad to be a part of this great group.

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • Robert F.

      And we're happy to have you on board too. :)

      April 29, 2014

  • Carl T.

    Hi all. We presented Audiowings back in March and got a great reception, finding a lead developer in the process. We've also got into the semis of a competition to pitch to Richard Branson, whittled down from hundreds! We've already had so much support from this community and it would be MASSIVE if you could help us pitch to Sir Richard by voting for Audiowings :-) Thanks guys - Carl http://www.virginmediapioneers.com/2014/04/vote-for-pitch-to-rich-2014-competition-finalists/

    (@Rob, sorry in advance if this msg is not appropriate for the group. Feel free to delete if necessary)

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • David F.

      ps - may help if include link! www.wimbletech.com

      1 · April 24, 2014

    • David F.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Luiz F.

    The coolest event for sure!

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Robert F.

      We love you too! ;)

      Excited to see what wacky pitch ideas are you come up with this time?

      1 · April 17, 2014

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