BOARD meetings, business plans, networking, prototyping. Wait, isn’t this meant to be a weekend?
Sure, the Launch48 event in Newcastle isn’t exactly as relaxing as wrapping yourself into the couch and watching football. But web firm QRky founder Nicolas Holzherr said attending a previous 48-hour challenge loaded him up with techniques for starting a business.
He said: “What I have learned from developing ideas from pitch to launch in 48 hours has made this weekend the single best event I have attended all year.”
Launch48 will be hosted by Northumbria University from Friday, April 27, to Sunday, April 29, and the university helps it will energise the local community and encourage them to pursue the challenge of entrepreneurism.
It challenges participants to collect in teams to develop interesting ideas, building up a business plan and creating the seed of a sustainable business within 48 hours.
North East-based talent looking to get a crash course in start-up creation have a few options to choose from this spring. Codeworks held a weekend “hack” for developers and cultural organisations last weekend at the Tyneside Cinema, while Newcastle University Business School is hosting the 54-hour Start-up Weekend challenge from April 20.
Ian Broom co-founded Launch48 with Adil Mohammed in 2008 after helping to organise Startup Weekend the year earlier. He says people go to Launch48 because “they know it will give them the structure to get things done”.
“It’s a bit of a stressful environment, but it helps people to fly”, he said. “We want people to step out of their corporate or academic mindsets.
“It tears down the preconceptions of what it takes to get a business off the ground. It teaches people to put down structure right from the beginning. It’s also a shot in the arm for innovation, in that it all happens in a short time but the results linger for a while afterwards.”