Calling all of the University’s female entrepreneurs!

The University’s Innovation Centre is offering three scholarship places for its upcoming Startup Weekend to entrepreneurial female staff and students in celebration of the launch of new Girl Geek Dinners in the city.

The Startup Weekend, which takes place from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June, is a not-for-profit community building event which will see attendees form teams and start companies in just 54 hours.

Aimed at both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, the event will provide an opportunity to explore startup ideas and determine whether or not these can be developed into viable business plans.

The three scholarship places are open to female staff and students from the University, and all those interested in business are urged to apply – no matter how early in development their business ideas might be.

The three scholarships are being offered in to mark the launch of ‘Girl Geek Dinners’ in Bath. The dinners are international networking events, held in 53 cities worldwide, which offer techy women an opportunity to network and share ideas.

Parm Dlay, Operations Manager at the Innovation Centre, said: “As we’re just about to launch Bath’s new Girl Geek Dinners we thought it would be great to do so by offering three scholarships to the Startup Weekend, getting our own female entrepreneurs at the University to think about their business ideas.

“I urge all those interested to apply – we’re really keen to hear from all women at the University who have an interest in business and entrepreneurship.”

Simon Bond, who is running the Startup Weekend, said: “First and foremost, a StartUp Weekend is a lot of fun. It is about getting a group of people together who are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and technology and making something happen - fast!

“The weekend is aimed at existing entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone who has thought they would like to be a part owner in a new business venture.

“Don't be put off by the thought that you have to pitch an idea for a business. Many attendees don't actually get involved in pitching an idea at all, rather they go to choose which they think is the best idea and then work as part of that team for the weekend, learning many valuable entrepreneurial skills along the way.”

Attendees at the Startup Weekend are only asked to bring their best ideas and their enthusiasm. Over the weekend teams will be formed, and they will focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a Minimal Viable Product.

On Sunday evening teams will demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts and potential investors.

Tickets for the Startup Weekend cost £79, but the three scholarships cover the whole fee. University of Bath students are also able to get a discounted ticket for just £49 using the code BATHSTUDENT on the event website. The ticket includes all meals, snacks and drinks.

To apply for a scholarship, please email Parm Dlay with your full name, University username and a short paragraph detailing why you'd like to attend the weekend. The deadline for entries is Friday 8 June.

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