Might participants


For Wired Sussex and Brighton & Hove Innovation and Growth Team, 2011

We worked with Matt Weston from Spacemakers to design and produce a series of free events in Brighton for people with unrealised startup ideas.

The aim of MIGHT was to establish a new pattern of collaborative early-stage idea development in the area, in turn helping develop a strong enterprise culture and innovative infrastructure to support business formation.

The programme focussed on people carrying ideas around in their heads that they might or mightn’t start, early-stage or startup businesses and established businesses with spin-out ideas.

Innovative startups are sometimes too small to register on the radar for government, or funders, or the media. Sometimes so small that they are only a tiny, neglected idea in the back of someone’s head. But if you cluster together people with little innovative ideas, the clustering can help to magnify them.

Attendees were asked to bring an idea along, and take it through a process. Held in a raw space under Brighton railway station we produced ‘a training ground for unrealised ideas.’

The name was also a homage to the now defunct, but once unstoppable magazine of the same name (edited by Dave Eggers, later founder of McSweeney’s and the 826 Valencia movement).

More than 20 projects went on to be successfully developed following the series of events.

They said

@kemeny: Kudos to everyone responsible for organising MIGHT. Great advisors, ideas and concept!

@carlsonator Amazing day at MIGHT, lots of brilliant chats and now have a plan. Thank you to all I met today