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Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea


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To be presented by Edwina Hart  MBE, AM

£500 Apple gift voucher

One years membership to the Xenos network and an invitation to a forthcoming pitching event.

One years membership of Tech Hub Swansea


One year’s free ‘Resident Affiliate’ membershipworth over £1500. Please note that terms and conditions will apply i.e. they’ll need to have a life science element to your business.

More to be announced shortly!



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors

Tim Morgan

Director Mint Ventures   |   LinkedIn

2x tech entrepreneur.
founder/CEO Mint Digital
founder/CEO Picklive

6 years mid-cap M&A experience
5 year M&A advisory experience doing deals $2m - $150m
1 year in-house acquisitions experience doing deals $200K - $10m

Mark Hindmarsh

Founding Partner at Versatile Connections - Digital Technology Commercialisation Expert   |   LinkedIn

Mark is a Swansea based entrepreneur, who has a proven track record working with, investing in and co-founding Tech businesses since the nineties.

He splits his time between his North Gower home and his Central London office from where he runs Versatile Connections LLP, a specialist advisory firm which focuses on the identification, incubation and commercial acceleration of early stage disruptive technologies.

James Knight

International Development - TechHub

Tier 3 Sponsors

James Ketchell

CEO / Founder -   |   LinkedIn

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Early Adopter, Traveler, Husband, Father of Twins, Racer, Restless, Storyteller

Paul Scott

Founder & CTO at Treasured ltd   |   LinkedIn

A product and technology specialist and CTO of Treasured ( an online service and iOS App to help catch, collect and cherish all those special moments. In addition I also advise a number of companies ranging from the mature like Serchen: provider of the number one trusted destination for buyers of web services. ( To start-ups such as Levana Games, developers of Questular, an innovative new mobile location based application for brands (

Co-founder of The BadJupiter Project, an online fine art photography gallery working with new and as undiscovered artists passionate about the true value of photography.

Before that I was 1/3 of a very successful Financial Technology company and before that it was all about cutting code.

Neil Cocker

Founder, Dizzyjam. Startup connector.   |   LinkedIn

With 15 years of directorial experience in creative and digital businesses, I've developed an acute understanding of the nature of startups and entrepreneurship in these sectors.

I co-founded Wales' most successful dance music record label, releasing over 50 singles and albums including a UK Top Ten hit, and A&R'd / managed all the acts on the label. I was also an artist in my own right, releasing records and performing in over 30 different countries.

I now own and run Dizzyjam, an ecommerce and merchandising platform with thousands of users.

Rachael Wheatley

Owner, Waters Creative Ltd   |   LinkedIn

I am Rachael Wheatley, Director and founder of Waters Creative, a Swansea-based design, creative and marketing studio providing dedicated and professional support to individuals and organisations of different sizes and from a cross section of industry sectors.
I set up Waters Creative Ltd in January 2004. I am a self-confessed workaholic, and mother of two singing, dancing, insomniac daughters who keep me very busy!

Kevin Smith

Entrepreneur, Start-up specialist   |   LinkedIn

Founder/co-founder of 6 technology ventures since 2000.
Seed investments in start-up ventures.

Specialties:Common Sense!! Business structuring and management.
Start-ups (financing and growth).

Richard Thompson

Manager, Early Stage Investments at Finance Wales   |   LinkedIn

Dr Richard Thompson knows a thing or two about spinouts and technology businesses, having spent much of his international career working with them.

After returning to Wales he first helped Welsh Universities with spinouts and start-ups before establishing himself as a technology investor with leading UK SME investor, Finance Wales. Part of Finance Wales’ technology team, he’s actively investing in technology-based companies including spinouts

Dr Colin Lucas

Venture Capital & Private Equity Consultant and Professional   |   LinkedInGoogle+

South and West Wales Regional Manager for xenos - The Wales Business Angel Network.

Colin is a Director with proven abilities in SME businesses, including start-ups and spin-outs

Ray Lewin, F.C.A.

Chartered Accountant   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Accountancy, Tax Planning , Financial Planning including Trusts.

Dr Mark Bowman MBA

Managing Director at Mark Bowman Ventures Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Managing Director of Mark Bowman Ventures Limited
His company offers professional services specialising in startups operating in the life sciences sector.
He is an expert in early-stage companies, with over fifteen year’s direct experience of identifying, launching, financing, and incubating technology startups.
In addition to his academic qualifications, Mark is professionally qualified, holding both a CFAUK Investment Management Certificate and PRINCE 2 Practitioner status.
Dr Bowman is an entrepreneurial self-starter who is able to work independently or lead teams.
Experienced in strategic planning, corporate development, and business transformation, he is a people person, whose experienced communication style builds client confidence and trust within complex, deal-making environments.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Adam Curtis
Matt Warren
Sue Poole
Beverley Wilson-Smith
Kevin Fernquest
Prof. Roderick Thomas
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