Challenge for creative minds

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THEY say everybody has one great idea in them.

Over the weekend of November 16 and 17 you might be able to get your idea off the ground thanks to an event designed to make those ideas become a reality.

For one night and one day a group of creative, technical and business minds will assemble at the Empress Hotel, Douglas, for an intense startup event.

Organisers say the purpose is to design and build ‘market disrupting start up businesses in a short space of time, using a diverse range of talents.’

People from all backgrounds are welcome to attend by registering at the website.

This informal affair will conclude on the Saturday evening, when an invited panel of judges will rate and advise the teams .

Potential investors are also welcome to attend the final demonstration after 5pm with the opportunity to network with the teams at the conclusion of the event.

The idea stems from Nick Horsthuis, who recognised the need for a diverse collaborative gathering.

He said: ‘Events like this take place all over the world, in particular in Silicon Valley.’

The event is being run in conjunction with the IT professional body, the British Computer Society.

Graeme Jones, the events managr and an intenational director at BCS Isle of Man, said: ‘We have planned a series of progressive events to significantly increase tech startups within six months.’

Chief executive of Simcocks, Phil Games said: ‘The Isle of Man has a proven track record of entrepreneurial flair.

‘The lifeblood of any economy is fresh ideas and innovation and Simcocks is delighted to support this opportunity.’

The Boston Group is providing a prize of first year incorporation costs for the winning team.

WiManx are providing dedicated internet and networking connections for the event, along with Robinsons who are helping to provide free soft drinks and snacks.

For further information about the event and how you can get involved visit www.isle

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