CEO Sleepout 2017 – thank you, and reflections

by Justin Souter on March 16, 2017

Intro Last Thursday night I slept out in the open at St James Park football ground – home of Newcastle United – as part of the CEO Sleepout initiative to tackle homelessness. According to this article “More than 250,000 are homeless in England – Shelter” on the BBC website: For the very first time, Shelter […]






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Introduction Colin Nelson is Director of Enterprise Innovation at HYPE Innovation: “a global leader in enterprise social software for idea and innovation management, with over 15 years of project experience and best-practice expertise, and clients around the globe.” Colin and I had previously worked together at Fujitsu, and he – together with HYPE CMO Tim Woods […]






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Boost your business through funded help from me

February 1, 2017

Intro I thought it would be helpful to set out how Founders can benefit from ERDF (and other) funding to avail themselves of my time. Use these funding pots to get clearer about your ideas, your markets, your early adopters, the potential traction, and to minimise your market risk: NE BIC SME Innovation North East […]






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Sponsor me and help homelessness people take control of their lives

January 30, 2017

Intro Back in 2009 my Donors and I raised nearly £1000 to tackle children’s homelessness [see photo from rehearsal!]. I want to repeat this through CEO Sleepout in 2017. Click on this button to follow me by donating now (thank you) or read on for more details. Keywords for me are Compassion; Leadership; Changing Perceptions; […]






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Book now for free Lean Startup masterclasses – this Feb

January 24, 2017

Intro Your second opportunity to learn about Lean Startup and apply it to your own idea(s) and business. Read on, or apply now here. What’s this all about The following event is run over two days, Feb 8th and 15th. Attendance at both is mandatory. Sessions run from 9-5 each day. Following the success of […]






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Join us at Lean North East event on 6th Dec at Campus North

November 22, 2016

… and we’re Back! Join us for an exciting evening with the (re)launch of Lean North East, on 6th December at 5.30 pm (for 6) at Campus North. Lean Startup for Business Innovation The focus of the evening is ‘Why are we Using Lean Startup for Business Innovation’? The evening consists of early drinks and […]






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Sign up for my open Lean Startup workshops at School of Tech!

June 20, 2016

Intro I would like to introduce Newcastle’s brand new School of Tech – an initiative brought to you by the Sharpe family, more details below. In particular I’d like to introduce you to an open course I’m running this summer called “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you have a Lean Startup?” […]






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The Search Manifesto

May 16, 2016

Wingsuit intro Moving on from anything one has committed to is always something of a leap into the unknown. If only it was as polished as Brandon Mikesell flying down the mountainside towards Chamonix…! This post is intended to guide readers about what I plan to do next. The name which sprang to mind is […]






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Spring pastures

April 5, 2016

Exit stage left – digitally March was my last month working at Dynamo North East, a social enterprise which Charlie Hoult and I have bootstrapped over the last two years; and which Charlie co-founded with Bob Paton. Whilst I’m sad to move on, I believe we’ve created good things together (also this post from the […]






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Lean Innovation cross-post: “Unfolding plans 164 – challenging assumptions”

January 11, 2016
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation Introduction This is the third of three cross-posts from Phil Jackman’s blog – about his experiences learning and applying Lean Startup / Lean Innovation lessons to Durham County Council’s ICT Department. Cross-post from Phil Jackman The Lean Start-up training is paying dividends already.  […]






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