Tech Startup School 2011 (TSS11) is a structured series of 8 events that will help aspiring and current entrepreneurs start or grow their own businesses. It is also for anyone else who wants to learn more about the business of innovation.
The theme of this year's event series is lean start up - an approach to starting a business that advocates bringing a product/service to the market early in order to test market assumptions, while minimising waste and costs.
This year's TSS events take place in both Bristol and Bath. The first and last events are joint ones at the Bath & Bristol Science Park in Emerson's Green, Bristol, and are for all attendees. The other three pairs of events run in both Bristol and Bath, and attendees can choose the venue that suits them best. The events are scheduled around Venturefest Bristol 2011, Science City Bristol's flagship all-day event, on 3 November.
Each event has an expert speaker, an entrepreneur case study, an interactive workshop and networking with food and drink.
TSS 2011 will give you an opportunity to discuss your business ideas and challenges within a supportive peer group, and learn about relevant local support organisations and resources.
All events are open to everyone - not just BEN members.
Links to the individual pages of the 8 events are below. These give further details of each event, including speakers, and tickets for individual events can be purchased on those pages (but first read the 'Tickets' section below). Each event runs from 18:00 to 21:00 and is on a Tuesday or Thursday.
- 6 October 2011 - Lean Organisation - Bristol & Bath Science Park
- 18 October 2011 - Fresh Finance - Bristol
- 20 October 2011 - Fresh Finance - Bath
- 15 November 2011 - Agile Marketing - Bristol
- 17 November 2011 - Agile Marketing - Bath
- 29 November 2011 - Responsive Strategy - Bristol
- 1 December 2011 - Responsive Strategy - Bath
- 13 December 2011 - Making it Happen - Bristol & Bath Science Park
You will get the greatest benefit if you attend 5 or more events, but you are free to come to any event that interests you. Although we are running parallel events on Fresh Finance, Agile Marketing and Responsive Strategy in Bristol and Bath the speakers will differ at each. You may therefore benefit from different perspectives by attending the events in both Bath and Bristol.
If you come to 5 or more events you will save money by buying a discounted ticket for the whole TSS series (at the top of this page).
However, if you come to 3 or less events the cost will be lower if you purchase separate tickets for each event (on the event web pages listed above).
All ticket prices include VAT at 20% and you will receive an email to act as a VAT invoice for your records.
[NB Ticket sales payments are administered by Science City Bristol Limited, the company of which BEN is an activity. Science City Bristol Limited's VAT registration number is 101 4494 54
Entrepreneur or not?
We want to encourage as many entrepreneurs and technical staff as possible to come to these events, so they can buy tickets at reduced prices (just select the 'Entrepreneur' ticket when booking).
You are eligible for an 'Entrepreneur' ticket if you have started, or aspire to start, your own business, or if you work mainly in a technical role.
Tickets are also available at full-price for 'non-entrepreneurs', such as solicitors, accountants, IP and HR professionals, and other service providers that work with early stage technology businesses.
TSS 2011 events are run by BEN in collaboration with:
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SCN: Science City Bristol Network
SCN is the network for the technology business community. We run events that connect, inform and inspire.
We involve not just small and large science & technology businesses but also the region's universities, government, business networks, investors, service providers and social enterprises.
SCN is an activity of the non-profit company Science City Bristol Ltd.