Just two days to launch a new business idea

AN event which sets out to create a new business idea in 48 hours will be held for the first time in the North East next month.

Launch48, in partnership with Northumbria University, will run in Newcastle from the evening of Friday, April 27, to Sunday, April 29, with the aim of launching a new web or mobile business idea at the end of the weekend.

Launch48 creates a unique environment for starting new businesses by encouraging entrepreneurs to ‘do it now’ in a fast-paced development environment.

The event matches the diverse skills of the participants with high-achieving industry mentors who have run successful companies or have relevant skills to the web and mobile industries.

To date, more than 1,600 people have attended Launch48 events globally, more than 65 business ideas have been worked on, many more businesses have been formed off the back of the events and the organisers continue to work closely with local organisations to ensure Launch48 attendees have a strong network of local business people.

“Launch48 is a brilliant way to meet and get to know new people. It is amazing how much can be achieved in such a short time when a bunch of like-minded people put their heads together. If you are business or technically minded, you just have to give it a go, it’s so much fun,” said Laura Ford, director at software company Bit Zesty, who has both attended and mentored at Launch48.

Nicolas Holzherr, who founded his web business, QRky Ltd after attending the event, added: “Launch48 is the most rewarding tech start-up event I have ever attended. After the Launch48 weekend I walked away truly inspired, armed with new tools and techniques to develop my own business. What I have learnt from developing ideas from pitch to launch in 48 hours has made this weekend the single best event I have attended this year.”

The event empowers attendees with entrepreneurial skills, shatters preconceptions about what is achievable in a short period of time, introduces like-minded people to one another and offers people the ability to learn skills.

Ian Broom, who started Launch48 with Adil Mohammed in 2009, said: “Launch48 is designed to simulate the first 12 months of a start-up business in 48 hours.

“We look forward to bringing together different communities, skills and mentors rom across the region to encourage and teach current and future entrepreneurs.”

Hughes Rhodes, assistant director (innovation) in research and business services at Northumbria University, said: “We are excited to be hosting this event.

“It shows commitment to innovation in the start-up eco-system as well as in established businesses.”

Tickets for the event, which will be held at Newcastle Business School on City Campus East, are available from £29.95.To book your place visit newcastle.launch48.com