Author Archives: Samantha Deakin

27 July 2017 - 11:02 am Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM

“My name is Kisha Bradley and 20 years ago, I had my mind blown.”

This was the opening to Kisha’s pitch at Sheffield SOUP last night that would win her an £855 grant to buy tools and equipment to run interactive workshops designed to get more kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Continue reading “Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM” »

10 February 2017 - 2:27 pm T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding

Our February Pitch Den saw USE-supported startups The Ultimate Shortcut Keypad (TUSK) and Infinity School receive grant funding of £1100 and £600 respectively.  Continue reading “T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding” »


6 September 2016 - 3:08 pm Become a Venture Capital Investor while at University

For students with investment ambitions, Venture Capital can seem like an inaccessible career. Associate positions for recent graduates are rare, making it difficult to gain real work experience in the field.

For students intent on startup life, insight into the minds of VC investors is like the Holy Grail. It’s something that literally can’t be experienced until you start the fundraising experience in your own startup. And then you learn the hard way. Continue reading “Become a Venture Capital Investor while at University” »

25 May 2016 - 10:59 am Startup Weekend: not just ‘a University thing’

I can barely believe we have our 8th Startup Weekend on the horizon here in Sheffield. In some ways it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we ran our 1st event, with no idea how people would react to it and certainly no concept of how much of a community would grow out of it. But it was more than 5 minutes ago. It was 3 ½ years ago, in November 2012.
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1 October 2015 - 10:07 am Next Startup Weekend set to be ‘Electric’

This blog post first appeared on the UpGlobal Sheffield Community Website here:

Startup Weekend Sheffield
November 20th, 2015

Guess what! The next Startup Weekend Sheffield is just around the corner and we have a couple of awesome announcements to make. Here goes… Continue reading “Next Startup Weekend set to be ‘Electric’” »

15 September 2015 - 2:25 pm Sheffield’s entrepreneurship festival just £15 for students

MADE festival is back for 2015 and is embracing Sheffield’s student population by offering concession tickets for just £15 (usually £50). That’s a pretty good deal and here’s four reasons why you should think about taking it, whether you’re a student or not. Continue reading “Sheffield’s entrepreneurship festival just £15 for students” »

14 April 2015 - 3:58 pm Vacancy: Part Time Marketing Intern

We’re recruiting!

Check out the vacancy details below if you think you’d like to be next year’s Part Time Marketing Intern at USE Continue reading “Vacancy: Part Time Marketing Intern” »

18 February 2015 - 12:42 pm Help make the next Startup Weekend Sheffield amazing

OK, OK, so Startup Weekend already is amazing. We know this. But the next Startup Weekend Sheffield has a little twist and is going to require a whole lotta work… even more than usual. This time, we’re running Startup Weekend with a theme and that theme will be: Music and Literature. Excited? We are. But to make it the best we can possibly make it, we’re going to need help before and after. That means, for the first time ever, we’re recruiting to our organising team. We’re also recruiting volunteers to help out over the weekend, so check out the opportunities below and get in touch for more info.  Continue reading “Help make the next Startup Weekend Sheffield amazing” »

27 October 2014 - 12:31 pm Fancy a trip to New York to ring the NASDAQ bell?

I can hardly contain myself. It seems like such a long time since we had a Startup Weekend in Sheffield. The last one was in March and the time has just flown by since then. Luckily for me, I got involved in plenty of startup stuff in Vegas in May and had the amazing opportunity to facilitate Startup Weekend: Art Edition in London at the beginning of this month. Combined with the monthly Startup in the Pub meetups and last month’s Entrepreneurs’ Pub, I’ve certainly been getting my startup fix. But nothing quite compares, does it, to the awesome nature of a full-on Startup Weekend Sheffield.

Continue reading “Fancy a trip to New York to ring the NASDAQ bell?” »

25 September 2014 - 2:28 pm Entrepreneurs’ Pub License extended for an extra day

I know. One day only. That’s what we said. After all, we’d never run anything like this before. Who knew how it was going to turn out? We’d gone around telling everyone it was going to be the MOST AMAZING THING HAPPENING AT MADE FESTIVAL and we figured that any event combining entrepreneurs, ale, and the most excellent surroundings of The Great Gatsby would be a roaring success. But we didn’t know for sure. How could we? So, one day only. That’s what we decided. After all, we didn’t want to risk clashing with the busy MADE schedule and awesome speaker line-up today. Continue reading “Entrepreneurs’ Pub License extended for an extra day” »

  • About the author

    Samantha Deakin

    1:1 coach and mentor for tech and high growth potential companies in the early stages, supporting them from concept through prototype, through to investment and beyond.