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Event Overview

Oxford Launch Weekend is a not-for-profit weekend-long event being run by members of Oxford Internet Professionals. It provides hands-on experience for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to test the viability of, and then launch – a new business.

Whether or not you come with your own business idea, this is likely to be an event you’ll never forget. You will be part of a small team challenged and supported by experienced mentors. The pace will be – fast. The experience – intense. The learning – practical, on-the-job and priceless. Most importantly, we expect it to be highly enjoyable!

Here’s how it works (more details below): On Friday evening, participants that wish to have 60 seconds to make a pitch, and then teams are formed around those pitches that are selected. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a Minimal Viable Product. The weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

Who should attend? Existing entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone who has thought they would like to be a part owner in a new business venture. People of all backgrounds including software developers, marketers, designers, ux/ui experts, online business enthusiasts, and students.


The Launchpad | Saïd Business School | Oxford


Partners, Sponsors & Supporters

Oxford Launch Partners


Friday, 21st November

5:00pm Registration opens

5:05pm Networking. Attendees should mix and mingle with each other as they arrive. Start finding out who has the skills you think you will need if you are pitching an idea, or, if you are not pitching, determine who might be interesting to work with over the weekend

5:45pm Welcome and Speakers

6:30pm PITCHES. Any attendee may pitch a startup idea. You will have exactly one minute. No slides, presentation materials, or props allowed

8:30pm Attendees vote for their favourite ideas. Each attendee will have three votes


9:00pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

9:30pm Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills.

10:30pm Close for the day

Saturday, 22nd November

8:30am Doors open

9:30am Teams start or continue work on their ideas. During the morning Mentors begin advising and helping teams with the ideas

1:00pm Calls for needs & skills

1.30pm Work on ideas continues. Mentors continue to help teams one-on-one.

7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, further calls for help

10:30pm Finished for the day.

Sunday, 23rd November

8:30am Doors open

9.30am Teams start or continue work on their ideas and start preparing for the final presentations

10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)

10.30am Mentors arrive… keep asking questions of them, they are here to help

12:30pm Work continues, teams should be finalising presentations.

2.30pm Rehearsals and equipment compatibility checks for final presentations begin

6:00pm Judges introduced

6:10pm FINAL PRESENTATIONS. Each team will have exactly three minutes to present their startup. (Slides, videos, props and presentation material allowed)

7:15pm Judging


8.30pm Closing Words

9.00pm Go home!


Tom Cook

Director, Loyaltynet Ltd

Mark Neild

Managing Director, Agileering

Graham Wilson

"The-Confidant" - helping people achieve more

Max Windich

Associate, Penningtons Manches LLP

Peter Ashby

Consultant at Ashby Projects

Laura Hahn

UX Consultant, Laundromat Design

Philip Thomson

Managing Director Loyaltynet Ltd

Alex Goodall

Chief Ally, Your Digital Ally


The businesses will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including:

Stewart Rogers

Director, Marketing Technology at VB Insight

Frank Nigriello

Director of Corporate Affairs at Unipart Group Ltd

Stuart Haigh

Director at Whitley Stimpson Ltd, Accounting

Ken Mawbey

Founder, AroundThen.com


There will be prizes with a combined value of at least  £3,500 available from the sponsors, including:

– Legal advice regarding IP matters or commercial/contractual issues (as required)

– Branding / digital marketing advice

– Half a day sales and marketing consultancy 

– 6 months membership of Of2Oxford Business Board

– 12 months membership of Your Digital Ally 


Keynote speakers will help set the scene on Friday evening. They include:

Ken Mawbey

Founder, AroundThen.com | Talk: "Removing the Blinkers"

Graham Wilson

"THE-CONFIDANT" - HELPING PEOPLE ACHIEVE MORE | Talk: From Business 1.0 to Enterprise 3.0; the two things Business Schools don't teach Entrepreneurs


Alex Goodall

Founder, Oxford Launch

Tom Cook

Co-Founder, Oxford Launch

Philip Thomson

Event Facilitator

Ben Morel

Project Manager

Nina Epellé

Digital Strategy and Social Media Consultant

Peter Ashby

Team Member

Rachel Grant

Publicity and Press Relations


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