Techstars Startup Weekend Adelaide

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Adelaide

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Innovation & Collaboration Centre
Level 2, UniSA Cancer Research Institute
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000, SA 5000

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Myriota Developer Toolkit 
Myriota are kindly loaning us a Developer Kit for each team at the event. The Myriota Developer Toolkit gives you the tools to unlock your industry's full potential with remote IoT. Their unique direct-to-satellite technology offers the lowest cost of data transfer and longest battery life for truly remote applications. Become a part of the Myriota Developer ecosystem with all the tools and support you need, and you'll be up and running in minutes. Includes a link to GitHub where the Software Development Kit (SDK) resides. Provides a simple Application Programming Interface (API) for job scheduling, sensor input/output, diagnostics, and access to Myriota's communication stack.
Hardware components:
  • 1 x Development board
  • 1 x Satellite Simulator USB Dongle and Antenna
  • 1 x Enclosure and Mounting Brackets
  • 1 x Antenna with Coaxial Cable
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x Battery Holder Cover

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 15th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Richard Turner
Entrepreneur, Leader & Innovator

Richard is a renowned Australian Entrepreneur, Leader and Innovator. He has founded four successful companies/organisations across four different industry sectors, was South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for two of those companies 14 years apart (1996 & 2010) and Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for the Cleantech sector in 2010. ZEN Energy was the fastest growing company in South Australia for 2010 & 2011 and the 4th fastest growing company in Australia in 2012 (BRW magazine).  Richard is a specialist in re-invention and industry disruption and suited to companies that want to innovate and willing to invest in change. 
He is passionate about sustainability and wants to ideally assist companies that are driving change for the better, believe in their purpose and add value to future generations. 

Coaches and Mentors

Terry Gold
Entrepreneur in Residence - Innovation & Collaboration Centre

Terry Gold is an entrepreneur and mentor. He was the Managing Director of Techstars Adelaide, the first Techstars Accelerator in Australia and SE Asia. He moved to Adelaide in 2016 from Boulder, Colorado to be the Growth Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Business Growth at UniSA.

Prior to that he lived in the US and co-founded Gold Systems, an enterprise software company that created speech recognition applications to improve customer service. Gold Systems was named to the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and was named seven times to the Deloitte & Touché Colorado Fast 50 Companies.

He was a founding member of the Colorado chapter of YEO. In 2000 he and his co-founder
were recognised with the “Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction” award, and in 2003 Terry was recognised as a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards.

Sarah Brown
Front End Developer - TCPinpoint

Sarah Brown is a Front End Developer at TCPinpoint, a tech startup helping property professionals work more efficiently through cloud-based web applications. Sarah is the State Director for Code Like a Girl in SA, an organisation that  provides events, education and employment opportunities for girls and women looking to enter the tech industry, and is also a mentor for students studying programming at RMIT University Online. With a keen interest in future industries and automation, throughout her career Sarah has worked with over 100 businesses, brands and organisations to bring their presence and process online via database driven web sites and applications. 

Doug Adamson
Director - DNA Innovation

After completing training as an electronic engineer in Adelaide in 1980, Doug travelled overseas where his first proper business in the UK involved interviewing rock stars such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Talking Heads, Sting, Pink Floyd etc so he has plenty of interesting music business stories to tell.   Doug enjoyed founding, growing, managing and selling several businesses in the UK, Europe and SE Asia in media, distribution, and content and then relocated back to Australia in 1995.   After some time in Melbourne running a software and services business that had acquired his previous web software operation, Doug returned to Adelaide in 2003 and saw life from the other side, spending the best part of six years as an Investment Manager at a seed/early stage technology investment fund. He also founded a business in organics, acquired a boutique tourism business, and made several angel investments (not all of them successful!).   Now Doug loves filling his days working with innovative companies.  As a Case Manager with Commercialisation Australia, Doug is motivated by helping businesses bring new products to the market and providing advice so they don’t make many of the mistakes Doug has made!   Besides qualifications in electronic engineering, finance, and venture capital, Doug is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Oli Young
CTO - TCPinpoint


Burkhard Seifert
Principal Engineer: Transformation - Oz Minerals

Burkhard has over 14 years’ experience in working across the business development sector, specifically in the energy industry. Burkhard currently works as an Entrepreneur and Management Consultant. This role has a focus on strategic partnerships, revenue and growth, general management, international business development, and on working with start-ups. He has a passion for international collaboration, technology and business strategy. 

Lucas Guimaraes
Business Building Advisor - LeapSheep

Entrepreneurship is my passion. Building teams around common values and goals is the work I have chosen for life. As an entrepreneur, founder of three businesses in very different industries, I have experience in executive positions across a wide range of functions such as finance, customer service and international product procurement. But B2B marketing and sales is the area where I have developed a highly intensive expertise.As Business Building Advisor at LeapSheep, I combine my previous experiences with the continuous learning provided every day by our amazing team to support start-up founders searching for hyper-growth business strategies and structuring their marketing and sales operations.

Stephen O'Brien
Partner, Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Stephen started his working life as an electronics apprentice at DSTO (now DST) prior to qualifying as an Electronic Engineer from the University of South Australia.  After a 10 year career at British Aerospace (Australia) working on a broad range of complex defence projects, Stephen returned to University in 2000 to qualify for registration as an Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Marks Attorney and join the patent attorney profession. Specialising in telecommunications, electronic systems, software and sensor systems, Stephen has been relied upon by Australian and international technology companies to help them identify and protect valuable intellectual property rights around the globe for 19 years. Stephen is a partner at Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys and a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).

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The Techstars Startup Weekend Adelaide team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Adelaide is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Craig
  • Jules
  • Georgia


Renee Coman
Business Development Manager

With an appetite for change, I want to support others make a meaningful change in the 🌏.

How do I do this?

As an entrepreneur I founded Distance Assistance in 2017, delivering sustainable health & wellbeing solutions for organisations with remote workforce via our innovative 24/7 wellness platform delivering relevant content with activity-based metrics.

Secondly, as a Community Leader, I help connect local entrepreneurs, businesses, government stakeholders and community members. This is achieved by organising experiential learning events, such as Startup Weekend and Startup Weekend, growing innovation and business capacity on the coast, providing a platform for others to stand up, speak up and cause a ripple effect.

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