As part of the SendGrid Accelerate program, I spent a day up in Newcastle, UK mentoring teams on the Ignite100 accelerator based out of the community backed, and absolutely huge, Campus North workspace.

We have a great relationship with Ignite and Campus North. We work together to run a fantastic networking event for northeast-based startups and developers called Startup Beers. The event is now well over a year old and shows no signs of slowing down, or being any less helpful for teams looking to meet new colleagues, or developers, or just to get some feedback on their ideas.

Whilst at Campus North I recorded an interview with the team from InnoTech Summit, themselves a graduate of the Sirius UKTI accelerator that the Ignite team ran earlier this year.

In the video I talk about the beginnings of the Startup Beers event and what it aims to achieve as well as how SendGrid Accelerate works, both generally, and directly for the teams based in the northeast.

The full version of this video is available on YouTube. Check out the full length conversation.

Martyn Davies is a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid and a creative developer based in London. He has worked in technology for over 14 years with a background in both the music industry and technology. A serial hackathon organiser, mentor and startup advisor, you’ll find him presenting, demoing, hacking and chatting at hack days, conferences and meetups in the UK & Europe on a regular basis.