On an October Sunday night in rainy Glasgow, 11 teams of budding entrepreneurs, developers and creatives gathered in The Lighthouse to present the outcome of 54 hours of hard work: the results of Startup Weekend Glasgow 2013.
Organised by Allan Lloyds and his team, the event took place over the weekend of 25-27th October and saw more than 100 people gather at SocietyM, a co-working space in the centre of Glasgow. Jennifer Tough managed the PR and social media, keeping us updated through the blog and Twitter as the weekend unfolded.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night with introductions, a run-down of the event format, guest speakers and pitches on the theme of #cleanweb. The delegates then formed small teams and moved on to developing the most popular ideas into viable startups. SocietyM seems like the ideal venue for an event like Startup Weekend; well designed, open plan areas along with smaller meeting rooms for each team to have their own space, and comfy places to relax and reflect.
The teams continued refining their startups throughout the day on Saturday. Mentors from various disciplines were on hand to provide the teams with direction and advice, and a well-timed chance visit from Red Bull (and probably lots of adrenaline) kept everyone going until Sunday night when it was time to pack up and move to The Lighthouse to give their final presentations to the audience, and to a panel of judges with extensive experience in entrepreneurship and cleantech.
Everyone we spoke to on Sunday night mentioned the same thing as their highlight: the energy of all the participants. The teams whose presentations really stood out were those with lots of passion and a real conviction behind their idea. Of course, there’s only so much that can be done in a couple of days, but the format of Startup Weekend encourages the teams to push through those periods of low energy we all experience. It was great to see how friendships formed under the pressure of the weekend; groups of strangers on Friday night appeared as old friends on Sunday.
Standout pitches came from EnergySaveAR (an app which suggests energy-saving alternatives to household items), who won tickets to the Dublin Web Summit, and Cloudlet, who describe their idea as “carbon-efficient computing for startups and enterprise”. Here’s a full list of all the startups:
Lend Some Sugar – an online lending community
Psych.ed – “improving the social environment for everyone” through online community and education
ScranClan – a social dining app which aims to cut food waste
Unspike – “reducing peak demand for cost and carbon savings”
Podstay – budget accommodation pods
Greenbills – energy comparison website
Know Your Food – connect consumers with producers without the corporate middleman
EnergySaveAR – an app which calculates the energy use of household products and suggests alternatives
HowGreenIs – see which companies are committed to cutting environmental impact – and those who aren’t
Cloudlet – carbon efficient web hosting for startups and enterprises
Co.mute – earn points through daily activites with rewards for green habits
Hopefully we’ll hear more from these teams in the near future!
If you were there, let us know about your experience. Has Startup Weekend changed your outlook on the startup scene? Are you inspired to take your idea to the next level?
For a full list of those involved and an overview of all the happenings over the weekend, take a look at http://glasgow.startupweekend.org/