Startup Weekend Brisbane 2019

    Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

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Startup Weekend Brisbane 2019

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, February 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

River City Labs
Level 2
315 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

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Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk.

Startup Weekend is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice.

What can you expect?
Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (determined by popular vote). Then, it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

The weekend wraps up with teams presenting their startup to local entrepreneurial leaders with an opportunity for critical feedback.It’s not about the prize but it helps.

What they say:
Startup weekend gives you the valuable insight into how to make an idea succeed or fail fast, as Amin Bazzaz and Areej Alsheikh-Hussain, winner of Startup Weekend Women Brisbane 2015 explains:

"Startup weekend was an intense learning bootcamp which helped us to put all theory into action and validate an ideain 54 hours on a weekend. Excellent opportunity to meet like minded people and grow your network, learn heaps from mentors and teammates and get the most out of our weekend.

Air Sponge started with idea of Areej. She pitched her idea of "Tinder for carwash" and Amin joined her team as a tech teammate on the startup weekend. We launched the website and served 5 customers over the weekend and won the startup weekend. we kept meeting after startup weekend and by using startup weekend prize, we registered the company, then applied for ilab Germinate 8 program and got selected as one of 5 teams. later on we decided to shut down the business and currently, while Amin is working as back end developer at Travello, Areej is working as a Business Development Associate for gemaker."

What are you waiting for? 
Found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5. You are guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. Put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


Friday February 15th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalise 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

11:00 pm
Doors Shut
Go home for the night, get some rest for a big day tomorrow.

Saturday February 16th

8:00 am
Breakfast & Customer Discovery Workshop
Fuel up for the day

9:00 am
Lean Startup Workshop with Nick Shewring
Grab some coffee, find your team, head to the Stair Stadium and get ready for the first workshop

9:30 am
MVP Workshop with Chris Drake
Head to the Stadium for this workshop.

12:30 pm
Lunch & Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Dinner & Check-In
Dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 11:00pm

Sunday February 17th

8:00 am
Arrive, grab some coffee and breakfast

9:00 am
Pitch Workshop with Peter Laurie
Highly recommended for the pitching team member to attend. Grab your coffee and head to the Stadium.

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

12:30 pm
Lunch & Check in

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
Time to head out and celebrate the weekend. (Doors to RCL close)

Event Judges

Rowena Barrett
Professor and Head, School of Management, QUT Business School, QUT

Professor Rowena Barrett is an expert in thinking innovatively and being entrepreneurial to get things done. She leads QUT Entrepreneurship, a whole-of-university initiative to provide and connect learning opportunities enabling all QUT students and staff to develop their entrepreneurship mindset, capability and competence.
Rowena is an experienced and authentic leader who brings integrity, purpose and commitment to engaging people across many domains inside and outside the university around entrepreneurship.  She brings academic and practical understanding of motivations and drivers for entrepreneurship. She seeks to ensure QUT plays a key role in the widerQueensland entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Jasmin Robertson

Literally one saucy lady, Jasmin Robertson is the former owner & director of multi-million dollar brand Roza’s Gourmet, a company that lovingly creates an extensive range of all natural gourmet foods. Jasmin successfully built and sold Roza's Gourmet in late 2018 to Riviana Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of SunRice.

Jasmin was listed on the Smart Money “Hot 30 Under 30” in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Jasmin was ranked #6 on ‘Brisbane’s Influential Entrepreneurs Top 40 Under 40’ and won in her category at the 2017 ‘Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards’. With Jasmin at the helm, Roza’s Gourmet featured on BRW’s ‘Fast 100’ in 2015 and 2017 for its high growth rate.

Colin Kinner
Startup Ecosystem Builder, Entrepreneur Trainer

Colin is one of Brisbane's startup experts, having worked with several hundred startup teams over two decades. He is founder of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders. He has previously run a startup accelerator, an incubator and an early stage VC fund.

Yasmin Grigaliunas
Co-founder & CEO, The World's Biggest Garage Sale

Yasmin is an entrepreneur of impact, who loves people and has an innate passion to help others - it's her native genius. She loves to win, but more importantly, she loves to see others win. Her mission is to make a difference and create meaningful impact daily.

Having worn many hats throughout her career including sales, business development, manager/leader, project management, training & admin, HR, customer experience, intrepreneur and most recently an entrepreneur, Yasmin has energy levels that are the envy of most. In her spare time, she also competes in Ironman Endurance Events to help burn off energy!

In 2017 she ditched a lucrative salary to commit full-time to her role as CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), a Brisbane based start-up/scale-up, designing solutions to commercialise the circular economy through the activation of dormant goods for good. Via WBGS she wants to provide a platform for positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose on a global level.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Brisbane 2019 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 Brisbane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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