Global Startup Weekend Women

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Global Startup Weekend Women

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

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

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Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk.

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.

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 September 20th

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

6:45 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 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 September 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Check-in and start working
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:00 am
Lean Startup Workshop - Eleanor Carey
Grab some coffee, find your team, head to the Stair Stadium and get ready for the first workshop.

10:00 am
MVP Workshop with Chris Drake
Head to the Stadium for this workshop.

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
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 September 22nd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitch Workshop - Yas Grigaliunas (WBGS)
Join us in the Stair Stadium where we will teach you how to pitch your Startup!

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

12:00 pm

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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Go Home!

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.

Baden U'Ren

Ale Wiecek

I am Ale Wiecek, an empathic Human Centred Strategist with over 17 years’ international experience working for Bayer, Luxottica, Microsoft and Siemens.

My unique set of skills across Customer Experience, Design Thinking, Business strategy, marketing, Omni-channel, digital transformation and creative thinking provided me with the tools to launch Sqr One. A customer experience design studio that helps small to large size businesses design meaningful and profitable customer experiences with humanity in mind.

A mentor, a listener, a speaker, a storyteller, a traveller, a mum, a wife and a consumer, and still (just) a millennial, I believe in the power of companies and brands to be instruments of service to society while creating shareholder wealth.

I can work as an independent contractor, directly for you, under your brand or as a partner to your organisation.

I love ‘despacito’ and hot dogs.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Global Startup Weekend Women team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.





Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Brisbane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Robbie
  • Peta
  • Tarryn


Peta Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, River City Labs

Startup Community Activator Peta Ellis is a Communications Professional with 15+ years’ experience in Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Publicity, Social Media Marketing and Public Profile Management.   Since 2012 Peta has worked alongside Steve Baxter, the founder of River City Labs to grow Brisbane's Startup community and establish RCL as Brisbane’s most prominent Coworking community of Tech Startups , Entrepreneurs and industry mentors.

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