Any self-respecting established institution would not let the winter holiday season pass without a tribute to it’s illustrious and hallowed accomplishments of the year. In this vain we would like to make note of how, in 2012, this neo-entrepreneurial social organization firmly planted it’s roots and declared itself as the corner stone of the young, if ambitious, London startup scene. And thus begins our exposé of self-reflection.
In the Spring there was much talk of a purported philanthropic endevour from Google to create a work space for incubators, startups and anything else that could contribute to the development of the UK’s tech industry. True to their word, Google Campus opened in the heart of the Silicon Roundabout and Startup Weekend had the honour of launching the venue with our March edition. This alignment of the stars was so auspicious that it lead to the winning team PollarizeMe grabbing a considerable amount of seed cash from O2′s investment-arm Wayra.
Our June event sold out under a frantic 3 hours of ticket buying while our September Women’s vertical brought in an unprecented number of females to what is normally a male dominated space. At Startup Weekend we see diversity as being an essential component to innovation and entrepreneurial creativity. The reasoning and vision behind this was reflected in an interview by yours truly published with The Huffington Post.
The year crescendo in November with an iteration being hosted at The Telegraph offices based in Belgravia. Overlooking their beautiful world-class newsroom the event was reported by the media group’s gold standard journalists. Hitting the front page of their website both on the Saturday and the Sunday, we received exposure to a new and broader audience. But for many the true acme was when London Mayor Boris Johnson paid a visit spending over an hour with a selection of teams to get a true understanding of what the spirit of the weekend was about.
Also in November was the Global Startup Battle which saw winning teams from Startup Weekend’s around the world compete during a two week period for an array of incredible prizes including trips to Brazil for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and to San Francisco to meet with mentors and VCs. A total of over 10,000 participants, over 1,200 teams and over 100 cities competed. In the end our winners SmartWard from the November Edition came in an impressive third place.
Finishing off the year with our Winter Party held in the über-hip Designers Block studio in Shoreditch, it was an opportunity for the community to get together, stop networking for a moment and cut a rug. A packed house showed that not only do we work hard, but we play hard too.
2013 promises to bear a copious amount of new business fruit as Londoners have seen the relevance of our events. Things will kick off in January with our education vertical being held on the 25th. As always, our tickets go quickly, so pick yours up now.