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17 November, 2016 - 10:30 By Kate Sweeney

Wearables startups invited to Cambridge Venture Creation Weekend

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Cambridge Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre is inviting aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to test their venture ideas, build a team and pitch to investors in 54 hours.

The Venture Creation Weekend from tomorrow (November 18) to Sunday November 20 is an exciting opportunity for those interested in exploring the reach of connected devices and looking to create innovative, wearable products.

The weekend is a hands-on learning experience where aspiring technology entrepreneurs and innovators can find out if their startup ideas are viable within a safe environment and at limited cost.

The winning team will get a place on the Accelerate Cambridge Programme managed and delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre.

Jose Chitty, co-founder and COO of a former winner, Smartbell said: “Smartbell was conceived at the IoT 54 Venture Creation Weekend in November 2015. From our initial idea of ‘smart farms for a smart world’ and a small prototype, we won a place on Accelerate Cambridge, gained mentoring support, made key connections, improved our product and have been featured on CambridgeTV, the Economist and the BBC. The impact of those 54 hours has been amazing.”

Participating teams will demonstrate their prototypes and gain valuable feedback from industry experts including Peter Cowley, entrepreneur and angel investor, with Martlet and Cambridge Angels; Shaun Grady, vice-president business development operations, AstraZeneca; Martin Harriman, entrepreneur, investor and adviser, ex board member at O2 and Telefonica; and Ahsan Zaman, executive director, World Media Online M2M Magazine, drector of International IoT Council.

Shaun Grady said: “The Venture Creation Weekend offers an invaluable opportunity for entrepreneurs to ‘test-run’ their ideas in a supportive environment. 
“It allows them to learn and gain advice from others who’ve been in their shoes, so they can hone their business concept. It’s just one of the ways in which Cambridge Judge is helping to nurture innovation and we’re excited to be part of it.”

Registration closes  tonight (Thursday, November 17). Register at

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