How to develop an app

Hosted by Essex Startups

  • Thu 9 Nov - Thu 25 Jan 24


  • Colchester Campus

    The Lab, Innovation Centre

  • Event type

    Workshops, training and support

  • Event organiser

    Essex Startups

This four-part workshop series will enable you to design an app suited to your business. Each of the sessions will take you through the essential stages of app development. The sessions are non-technical and explore topics such as intellectual property, user interface and financing the build of your app.

At the end of the workshop series, you will have the opportunity to pitch for funding up to £3k.

These workshops are open to all students who can commit to attending all four sessions, and who haven’t participated in our previous app development workshop series.

Workshop One: Capturing your idea

9 November 2023, 2pm-4pm

  • Idea generation
  • Workshopping the ideas
  • Model the business behind the app
  • Desk research
  • Protecting your idea (NDAs / IP / Patents)

Workshop Two: App User Experience (UX) and Design

23 November 2023, 2pm-4pm

  • Developing customer personas
  • UX vs Design
  • Wire framing / paper prototyping
  • Tools to design / wireframe
  • Building an interactive prototype

Workshop Three: Building your App

7 December 2023, 2pm-4pm

  • Approach options
  • Working with a Chief Technology Officer / internal team vs hiring externally
  • App security
  • GDPR
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Continued app design work and idea development

Workshop Four: Finance and Funding

25 January 2024, 2pm-4pm

  • How to raise money
  • Company formation
  • Funding your company, finding investment
  • Selling your idea to others –pitch preparation
  • How to market your app
  • Continued app design work and idea development

The Pitch

7 February 2024

Pitch your idea to a panel of experts to be in with a chance of receiving funding up to £3k! You must attend all four workshops to be included in the pitch event.

Book your place via CareerHub

This event is open to current students and alumni who have graduated within the last three years.

Any questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch via startups@essex.ac.uk