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Lean start up machine for entrepreneurs

Pictured at Belfast City Hall are Lean Start Up Weekend lead sponsors Kerry McCorkell of Tughan's and Niall Casey of Invest NI along with LSM organiser Diane Roberts of Xcell Partners.
Rebecca Kincade on May 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm in News

Aspiring entrepreneurs will now have a new avenue to test their ideas and products with customers as Lean Startup Machine brings its internationally acclaimed three-day bootcamp to Belfast, this June – the first time it has come to Ireland. The event received more than 300 online votes in just eight days in order to ‘unlock’ Belfast as the next location for its immersive, 48-hour educational experience that gets businesses ‘fit’ for purpose.

New York headquartered ‘LSM’ is aimed to help entrepreneurs gain feedback and early-stage revenue from their first products and is based on the Lean Startup Methodology, which works to help early stage businesses quickly develop and capitalise on a product or service. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries created the methodology around 2008 while he was an advisor to the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Taking the lead in delivering the weekend, Diane Roberts of Xcell Partners, commented: “Lean Startup Machine is one of the world’s leading workshops of its kind and aims to teach participants a process for discovering which ideas or products will succeed in the marketplace and which won’t –like an intense fitness bootcamp for businesses. We are delighted to be able to offer the 48-hour event to the many inspired startups we have here in Northern Ireland and invite anyone with an idea to come along and get their business validated!”

The event will be held at The HUB on Commercial Court, Belfast from 20–22 June and is sponsored by Invest NI, Tughans Solicitors, Microsoft Ventures, Elance, John Mac Mahon &Co, Xcell Partners and StartupZap. It is limited to 50 participants, who will receive guidance and mentoring from other entrepreneurs during the program.

Lean Startup Machine has visited 50 different cities and has reached over 25,000 entrepreneurs, and has 300 events planned in 2014.

For the full schedule or to sign up visit www.leanstartupmachine.com/cities/belfast​

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