" Leanconf 2014

Special thanks to our great partners

We couldn't put Leanconf on without help from our wonderful partners


  • ThoughtWorks logo

    A software company and community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. Our product division, ThoughtWorks Studios, makes pioneering tools for software teams who aspire to be great; such as Mingle® , Go™ and Twist®, which help organizations better collaborate and deliver quality software. Our clients are people and organizations with ambitious missions; we deliver disruptive thinking and technology to empower them to succeed. In our 20th year, over 2300 ThoughtWorks employees - 'ThoughtWorkers' - are currently serving clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the U.K., and the U.S.

  • Elance ODesk logo

    Get more done. Save $50.
    Elance-oDesk is the global leader in online work. Whether you need design, development, content or SEO, if it can be done on a computer you can find the right person to do it.

    Elance-oDesk are big fans of the Lean Startup crew and are offering you $50 towards paying your first freelancer with oDesk!

    To redeem your $50 credit:
    1. Create a client account at www.odesk.com and add a payment method
    2. Go to www.odesk.com/coupon and enter coupon code UK2014
    3. Your account will be credited within 2 business days
    4. Get hiring!

    New clients only for use towards first oDesk hire. One credit per startup.

Evening event sponsor

  • Pivotal Labs logo

    Pivotal Labs is the agile development services unit of Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of Big Data, PaaS and Agile. For more than 25 years, Pivotal Labs has remained at the forefront of agile development by building highly reliable, scalable software for innovative leaders and emerging companies across multiple industries.


  • Github logo

    GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. More than three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

  • Stripe logo

    Stripe is a developer-friendly way to accept payments online and in mobile apps. We process billions of dollars a year for thousands of companies of all sizes.


  • Forward Partners logo

    Forward Partners is an idea stage VC. We invest earlier than anyone else and invest more than anyone else. We offer £250k, 12 months of office space in Old Street and daily hands-on help from our startup team. We aim to get you to product market fit and onto Series A investment as quickly as possible. As your idea grows our talent team help you to find a co-founder and those important first hires. We are always looking for passionate and driven people with great ideas that can't wait to get started.

  • Orm_logo_box75(lg)_hex

    O'Reilly have kindly donated ebooks for our virtual goody bag this year. Choose a book from the Lean Series.

  • Let's-talk-business-logo-1v1-large

    Let’s Talk Business is the UK’s premier weekly programme for entrepreneurs, business owners and the 1 in 7 people who want to run their own business. It’s syndicate weekly to over 50 radio station and regularly airs on Sky and Freesat TV. As well as helpful advice from entrepreneurs, each week Let’s Talk business covers the latest news and business thinking from around the world. Let’s Talk Business is presented by former BBC and independent broadcaster Alan Coote who has started several successful creative and digital businesses.

  • Lean-startup-digest-logo

    Lean Startup Digest is a weekly curated email publication full of relevant Lean Startup links created by Ben Aldred*
    Get the best Lean Startup content delivered straight to your inbox. No spam, ever. Just great stuff.

    *Disclosure, yes that is Ben Aldred from Leanconf. This has been paid for in full.

Production Partners

  • Virgin Trains logo

    Travelling to the conference by train offers you the perfect opportunity for last minute preparations for the day or simply the chance to relax and unwind. With 3 trains an hour we can whisk you from London to the centre of Manchester in just over 2 hours and leave you feeling refreshed to make the most of your time there. Our best fares are at www.virgintrains.co.uk, with advance booking prices and no fees. The further in advance you book, the more you save (up to 12 weeks in advance).

    For 3-9 passengers travelling together we offer 20% discount off Advance Fares booked through our website. For groups of 10 or more, our Groups Team will be pleased to quote for you at group.reservations@virgintrains.co.uk. If you’re booking through our website for individual tickets or the 3-9 offer, make sure you claim your Nectar Points. We have a special offer of double points for bookings made before 11th October.

  • Uber logo

    Uber is evolving the way the world moves. From its roots in 2009 to launching in over 200 cities, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

    In Manchester, Uber is easy and convenient – no waiting out in the rain for the driver to arrive, no fumbling around for cash, and you can even charge your phone. It’s also fantastic value for money: Up to 40% cheaper than a black cab (with a lot less sliding around in the back). Check out the prices and pick-up coverage map on the city page, and if you want to share the cost with friends – why don’t you fare split?

    For all new Uber riders, you can get your first two rides free (up to the value of £15) to get you around the event!

    All you need to do is:
    1. Download the Uber app on iTunes or Play store or sign up here
    2. Enter the promo-code LEANCONF when asked, or in the 'Promotions' section

    T&Cs: Two free rides to the value of £15; any additional cost will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account associated with yourUber account. New riders only; pick-ups from within the M60 ring road, but destinations can be anywhere.

  • Teenage Markets logo

    The Teenage Market is a free platform for young traders and performers to showcase their creative talents. The initiative, created by teenage brothers Tom and Joe Barratt in their hometown of Stockport, has now gone national with young people all over the country benefitting from the free opportunity The Teenage Market provides to start-up creative businesses.

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Special thanks to our great partners

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