About the Event

Innovate Suffolk is a place to turn ideas into businesses, faster than you’ve ever dreamed

Innovate Suffolk aims to bring together technology and startup talent across the county in an open inclusive way. Through events and networking we’re looking to connect people, communities and resources to solve real-world problems, build long-term, viable collaborations and nurture scalable businesses across the county.

Our first event was a 48 hour startup hackathon focused on mental health. Bringing together diverse skills and experiences, we  helped create and develop real-world solutions to make a difference. Everyone was welcome – we had developers, creatives, business people and enthusiastic people with knowledge of mental health issues. Some came with ideas, some thought up ideas on the night, and four teams made it to final judging. You can see more in the posts below.

How do events work?

Attendees worked together, pitching ideas, forming teams and creating projects, supported by experienced mentors, judges and sponsors. 

The aim was to create, test and refine viable, real-world solutions to improve mental health. The winning team not only took away a cash prize, but generous sponsors have offered support to complete building and promoting the app they pitched. See the full schedule.

See our resource page to help you think of project or business ideas. Questions? Try our Q&A page

Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre

Seth Godin says, "Hello Suffolk."

Here in Suffolk, you’ll often hear people say, “You can’t do that. You can’t do that here. This isn’t London. This isn’t Cambridge. This is Suffolk.”

We reached out to the amazing Seth Godin to ask how he’d respond, and he sent us this video. You can find out more about Seth here or listen to his podcast, Akimbo.

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And the winner is…

48 hours. One mission. And in the end, one overall winner, team Stress Buddy take the Innovate Suffolk May, 2019 trophy and £500 grand prize.

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Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria for May, 2019 The Judges will be invited to consider team pitches by the following criteria:   Impact of pitch (5 points) Evidence

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Pitching Panels

How do pitching panels work? Great question, because a distinctive feature of Innovate Suffolk is that pitching to panels of mentors is the heartbeat of

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What kind of ideas can I work on? Our theme is the important and under-served area of mental health, so we hope that many teams

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Location and Parking

If you are planning to drive please note that the car park next to the building is for use of University of Suffolk car park permit

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48 Hour Event Schedule

Doors open at 6pm and the facilities will be open for use during the whole of the weekend for you and your team to work.

18.00 – 18.30 Arrival and registration
18.30 – 19.00 Key note speaker
19.00-20.30 Idea pitches and team formation
20.30 – Bring your ideas to life

8.00 – 10.00 – Breakfast provided

10.00 – 11.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)

12.00 – 14.00 – Lunch provided

14.00 – 15.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)

17.00 – 19.00 – Dinner provided

19.00-20.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)

8.00 – 10.00 Breakfast provided
9.30 – 10.30 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch provided
13.30 – 14.30 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
16.30 – Time’s up!!
16.30 – 17.30 As a team, present your project 
17.30 – 18.00 Key note speaker
18.00 – Winner announced

Networking opportunity and conclusion

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