Business start ups pitch for talent this weekend

Posted on: 19 November 2015

Budding entrepreneurs with business start up ideas will have chance to pitch them to a receptive audience of talent this weekend, in the hope of attracting potential business partners.

The Exeter Startup Weekend event at Exeter Library’s Innovation centre is part of Global Entrepreneur Week – an international campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

Individuals will have one minute to present their business ideas to an audience comprising of people with skills, such as designers, technical and IT skills, and marketing.

The ideas will be shortlisted and people with skills from the audience can make themselves known with the intention then to work on those ideas. Over this weekend teams will develop their ideas further, research their markets and get valuable feedback from a panel of business experts.

The hope is that by the end of Sunday, new business ideas are ready to launch.

Exeter Library business champions, Sue Lee and Sophie Warren, are two of the people with an idea to pitch.

With years of experience working in libraries and sound knowledge of business support and intellectual property, Sue and Sophie have an idea to develop a personal shopper style service for library users that will find readers books that they will enjoy.

They’re hoping to find team members with marketing and technical experience to help them grow the business idea.

If the idea takes off, they see the service as having potential to revolutionise the way people use their libraries.

“We’ve been chatting to library users and library staff about the idea and have had some very positive feedback,” says Sophie.

“We think that it will solve a problem and enhance their library experience. We’re excited to pitch the idea, and are hopeful that it gets off the ground.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for economic growth said:

“Start Up events like this this weekend have been the starting point for some really innovative ideas. They provide a great opportunity to take an idea from initial concept right through to final delivery, while working with really clever people with tremendous business skills.

“Many ideas that have initially come from this very intensive experience go on to develop into successful business propositions. It very exciting, and very worthwhile.”

More about Exeter Startup Weekend and Global Enterprise Week can be found on their websites.

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