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Forward Partners in association with Makers brings you the IdeaHack 2018! We’re opening up our doors to help 30 budding, aspiring and reloading entrepreneurs work on their next great idea. At Forward Partners, we've helped tens of founders build their businesses from Day Zero and we'd like to share some of that experience with you.

On the day, the Forward Partners and Makers teams will help you take that seed of an idea and make it real...potentially even real enough to raise money against! How will we do it?


Starting up can be a daunting task. Over the course of 5 hours we’re going to help you take that idea out of your head, get it out in the open and see whether it might be something that you would want to spend some more time working on. We’ve got 3 intense “How to” working sessions lined up on the day.


At the end of the day, we’ll pick a winner and they’ll receive £5000 to work on the idea further :)






Session 1: How to...use the Lean Canvas to think about your startup

(90 mins)

In this session we’ll cover some great ways to think about your use-case, customers, competitors, solution, USP, unfair advantage, marketing channels, KPIs, revenue and cost structure. We’ll use the Lean Canvas as the lens and the session will be led by Dharmesh, Forward Partners’ Product Partner.


Session 2: How to...put together a killer teaser deck

(90 mins)

Sending a potential customer / employee / stakeholder / customer some introductory information about what you’re working on is essential as part of the journey to sealing that deal. Working from a template Matt, an investor at FP, will be helping you put together that pitch deck that will secure first conversations and get them off to a great start.


Session 3: How to...build a good landing page

(90 mins)

Leo and Fiona will be delivering a bootcamp on all things landing pages. During the session, we’ll share some thoughts on what things make for an awesome landing page and we’ll do a paper-based wireframing exercise. We’ll then introduce you to some tools which will help you throw up that landing page in minutes and help you to do exactly that!




That sounds great, right...now for some questions that you might have. In order of importance:


Where and when?

10am - 3pm on the 29th September @ Makers, 50 Commercial St, London E1 6LT

Is lunch included?

Yes, on the house. Be warned though: it’ll be a working lunch.


Is there a prize for winning?

Of course - a cool £5000. Half of that will be in cold, hard cash. Half will be credit to take advantage of the Forward Partners Product, Tech and Growth teams.


Do I have to be in a team?

You can be solo, in a team or anything in between.


Do I have to apply?

Yes, here’s a link to an extremely short application form. We’ll select 30 great applications.


Who is this IdeaHack for? Are there any criteria?

It’s for everyone. Great startup ideas can come anywhere, anytime, from anyone. You could have a full time job outside of tech, you could be solely spending time ideating with a future co-founder, you could be working for a startup. We’ll select attendees based on the strength of the idea.


Is it free?

Yes, of course. To insure against people not turning up, we’ll ask for a small deposit which will be refundable on the day.


Who are Forward Partners?

We’re a leading pre-Series-A venture capital firm investing in applied AI, marketplaces & ecommerce. Alongside investment we have a world class team of Product, Tech and Growth experts who help our portfolio grow and build faster, better, for less.

Who are Makers Academy?

Makers is Europe’s most competitive coding school. To date, we’ve turned over 1,500 people into junior software engineers and placed graduates with leading global brands such as Deloitte Digital, Sky and the Financial Times.