The Startup Race Hackathon

Want to save six months of effort in building your startup following the ideal process identified by Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial heroes?

Then register your interest in taking part in our second Startup Race Hackathon and secure a 50% Discount!

The weekend workshops will help you to establish the most important building blocks that will save you time, money, stress and increase your chances of startup success 🙂

This process was inspired by Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Steve Blank – Find out more here

The Startup Race Hackathon Workshop is non-competitive and all participants will sign a non-disclosure agree to protect your idea whilst still benefiting from the experience and objectivity of the other participants.

Day 1

  • Assess your startup idea
  • Create a Vision Statement that will enable you to recruit CoFounders, Investors, customers and employees
  • Learn how to use the Lean Business Model Canvas to encapsulate your ideas and test your assumptions
  • Learn which free resources to quickly analyse market and funding opportunities
  • Learn how to practice Customer Discovery by getting out of the building and talking to customers
  • Discover how easy it is to create the ultimate validation tool and start earning £££ via a Minimum Revenue Product

Day 2

  • Determine who would be your ideal CoFounder and how to get them to join your team
  • Use our free resources to establish your legal and team logistics
  • Discover how find Problem/Solution fit so that more than 10% of your prospective customers sign up
  • Learn how to validate your marketing message, channels and revenue model
  • Learn how to create a High Fidelity Minimum Viable Product
  • Learn the most effective way to launch your startup locally and globally
  • Discover the most important metrics to measure your startup success


This is a unique opportunity

Who is The Startup Race Hackathon Workshop for?

  • Entrepreneurial Students
  • First time Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders
  • People who want to give up their full time job and be their own Boss
  • People who are finding it hard to make real progress with their startup
  • People who want to save six months of working things out for themselves

Who is running The Startup Race Hackathon Workshop?


Mike Clouser

Michael Clouser started his first company, a marketing firm, during his undergraduate years and sold it in 1990. After turning around 4 hotels as a general manager in his early career, he started and exited from an internet travel company between 1994-1996. He returned to Ithaca and Cornell to CEO a mini conglomerate, incubator, and student venture capital fund at Student Agencies Incorporated, a USD 25 million corporation that is America’s oldest student-run such entity. During his last year as an MBA student he founded ILodging, Inc, and moved this internet B2B to Silicon Valley where he ran it to revenue stage until 2000, when he joined Dot Edu Ventures as an Associate. Starting another 2 companies during this time himself, he moved to Edinburgh to lead entrepreneurship education at the Edinburgh – Stanford Link in 2004.

During the next 7 years, besides lecturing MSc and PhD students at the University, he would start another 2 companies, including one with a former student. Spending the next 5 years in Western Canada and lecturing in entrepreneurship there as well, he started a new venture consultancy in Vancouver that was spun out of a well – known media firm and incubator, Invoke, from whence Hootsuite was born. Michael has cofounded a total of 10 companies to – date, in addition to serving as a venture capitalist and incubator CEO. He has reviewed thousands of business plans and pitches from entrepreneurs and is a believer in a scientific approach to starting and growing companies.

James Shoemark


James Shoemark began his career with an engineering apprenticeship with Ferranti’s in Edinburgh but preferred working with people rather than machines and so started working for the outdoor pursuit’s organization, the Drake Fellowship. Five years’ experience of using mountaineering as a personal – development vehicle enabled him to coach over 500 unemployed young people into developing their self-confidence and leadership abilities. This led James to teaching outdoor pursuits and leadership development in the United States of America in 1988. After an adventurous period working as a self – employed motorcycle courier in Los Angeles, he saw an opportunity to start a business importing classic Japanese motorcycles from the US to the UK in 1989 and managed to persuade The Royal Bank of Scotland to fund his business which he ran for three years until market and tax conditions changed. On return to the UK, James undertook a Business Administration HNC at Stevenson’s College Edinburgh and worked for the Credit Control division at The Bank of Scotland.

He again realized he wanted to work in personal development and completed a degree in Community Education at the University of Edinburgh. On graduation, he secured the management position of a Lottery funded motorcycle project in East Lothian. James grew the user base from 12 participants a year to over 100 and revenue funding from £2,000 to over £110,000 in 5 years. After this he started a property maintenance business in 2005 to exploit the property boom. After several years, he realized he wanted to work with people again and trained as a professional life coach just as the financial crash of 2008 hit. He saw an opportunity to run peer – mentoring groups called Business Masterminds for Entrepreneurs struggling to cope. This introduced him to a software developer who became his CoFounder in a personal development platform called InverLife. After two years, he realized that they had made several mistakes such as over complicating the business model and spent too long in development with little customer validation and closed the company down.

He then established a local organization called Heroic Entrepreneurs in 2013 and started running events sponsored by Maclay Murray and Spense that brought local startup founders into contact with successful Entrepreneurs and Investors such as Leah Hutcheon, Ian Ritchie and Jackie Waring. This led him to meeting a couple of like-minded entrepreneurs who wanted to gamify the startup process and after a couple of months using a Lean Canvas to validate a couple of key hypotheses and identify their business model, they formed The Startup Race Ltd in 2017. Since then they have run over 100 local entrepreneurial events with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and investors attending.

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