Fintech Brisbane Startup Weekend

    Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Fintech Brisbane Startup Weekend

Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Level 28, 266 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

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Fintech Brisbane Startup Weekend

The Financial Services industry is the largest and fastest growing sector in Australia. The Australian government has even made Fintech a priority for it's importance! Fintech hubs have been opening up around Australia, and there already over 20 Fintech's operating out of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Join us at the much awaited Fintech Brisbane Startup Weekend on July 8, 9, 10 and help build the future of financial services. 

We have some great sponsors in Finance, Tech and Design offering swag, mentoring, great prizes and assets that will help make the weekend a great success for all our participants. 

What is Startup Weekend

The startup movement has accelerated growth in many Brisbane and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! Investment in Fintech startups hit an all time high in 2015 - with over $20Bn invested globally. The time for entrepreneurs and innovators to work and invest in their ideas is now.

Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, to learn-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful. And in doing so, we'll shape the future of financial services in Australia.

How does Startup Weekend work:

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, market validation, design and coding. The weekends culminate with final pitches in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 


Friday July 8th

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 July 9th

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

1:00 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 July 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Danny Gilligan
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Danny Gilligan is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group. Danny has worked on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and corporate venture capital executive. Danny was Co-Founder of Gizmo Corporation a BRW Fast 50 company 2 years running and a Co-Founder of Data Republic a venture working in the emerging space of big data. He has also worked within large companies in various strategic, commercial and venture capacities dealing with the effects of digital disruption. Most recently he was Director of Digital Ventures at APN News & Media and prior to that worked in telecommunications as CFO of the Australian Consumer division of AAPT and as part of the Group Strategy and M&A function of Telecom NZ.
Danny is a Director at Stone & Chalk and Investor in Fintech startups Society One and Promise Pay

Event Judges

Monica Bradley
Founder, Purposeful Capital

Monica helps organisations transform from the industrial to the digital age. She brings insights, energy, experience and leads strategic discussions that help boards, executives & start ups better understand the risks and opportunities of the emerging digital economy and exercise informed judgement in their strategy design. Monica has developed an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles and provides board level strategy advice.  She is an active investor in early stage start-ups and social impact enterprises and provides insights and commentary on the new economy via her podcast The Digital Week and regular appearances on TV and radio.  

Scott Hartley
Chief Executive Officer, Sunsuper

The Board appointed Scott as Sunsuper’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He has had an extensive career in the superannuation industry with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management roles, most recently holding the position of Executive General Manager, Corporate and Institutional Wealth at NAB. During that time, Scott also held directorships with Plum Financial Services and Jana Investment Advisers. Prior to that, he held several other executive leadership roles within the NAB /MLC Group, comprising strategy and marketing, institutional investments and financial planning. Scott’s extensive industry experience and wealth of business knowledge makes him eminently suitable for the role of CEO and will ensure Sunsuper is well-positioned to realise its strategic ambitions and continue to grow its member and corporate client base nationally.

Alex Blauensteiner
GM, Business Innovation, Skills and Trade Development

Alex has been involved with taking technology-enabled products to the global market for almost 20 years. He has worked in Australia, Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia with start-ups (including his own), scale-ups, some of the largest multinational companies, universities and government.  He worked with one of Australia’s first ecommerce companies in the late 90s and lead their early entry into the US market.

Prior to returning to Australia at the beginning of 2016 to lead Brisbane’s Economic Development Board’s (Brisbane Marketing) activities to transition Brisbane to a more knowledge-based economy, Alex led the European operations for the global innovation platform. Alex worked with major global technology companies from around the world to combine their innovation assets into new solutions and make these available to other businesses to take to market. Alex was previously a Director at the Australian Institute for Commercialisation where he developed and ran numerous programs that supported technology commercialisation and collaboration between those with innovations and those with market access and capital.

Marek Kowalkiewicz
PWC Chair in Digital Economy

Nothing excites Marek more than exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems that businesses or individuals face. He loves to learn, teach others, and work with small and larger teams to build jaw dropping solutions.

With strong innovation implementation experience, Marek is passionate about helping others innovate. He believes that everyone, given the right support, can be innovative.

Marek has a strong academic background with high quality publication record, history of organizing successful conferences and serving advisory roles. He has taught and advised hundreds of graduate students and leads teams of researchers and developers in innovative projects. 

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Mitchell
Chief Financial Officer

Commercially astute executive with a keen interest in growth businesses (particularly digital), strategy and understanding the drivers that make them tick!

With a strong focus in digital in my Canstar role, I have a cv that includes experience gained in the UK, Canada and Australia. I have a passion for business and a varied skill set that has been built upon from advertising, audit, digital in financial services & research and hospitality.

Kelly Brightwell
Group Lead, Marketing Excellence

With more than ten years of industry experience, Kelly Brightwell is an accomplished, results driven marketer.  Whilst experienced in sponsorship, through-the-line marketing campaigns, customer insights and digital strategy, Kelly’s true passion lies in defining, repositioning and elevating brands. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in Marketing and Management, a Graduate Certificate in Advertising and a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications and has worked for some of Australia’s most influential brands including Virgin Australia, Lorna Jane, Velocity Frequent Flyer and Suncorp.

Kim Hansen

Kim is a serial entrepreneur, innovation company leadership, startup investor, social community manager, World traveller, surfer and snowboarder.  He is an expert in leadership development, business strategy, company culture, handling responsibility, solving conflicts and challenges, cross-border communication and people management.  

Kim is the current CTO and partner to Impossible Labs whose clients include Google, Samsung, Roche, Intel, BMW, Nokia, BBC, German Bundestag. He has undertaken company development, top tier World-wide technology consultancy, startup mentoring, software architecture and engineering, user experience research and development.

Tres West

Treslaye West has 10 years experience in IT spanning Australia, the UK and Holland. He's also completed a law degree at Bond University specialising in energy law. He's co-founded the Bond Business Accelerator which is now the flagship subject of the Bond Business School Entrepreneurial major. He's currently working as the program co-ordinator at ilab, Queensland's longest running accelerator. He runs his own digital advertising agency. In his spare time he mentors for Startup Apprentice, a social enterprise teaching entrepreneurship to high school kids, mentors Bond students, consults on lean startup, appears on judging panels for lean startup competitions and builds e-commerce websites.

Jordan Duffy

Jordan Duffy is a serial entrepreneur, technology innovation expert and, at the age of 21, co-owns Buckham & Duffy, an innovation and rapid development firm. B&D services enterprise and government clients in identifying and accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies, research and startups. Jordan is a board member for the Redland City Council Economic Development Board, using Innovation and Technology to advance the city.

Darren Rogan

Darren is a lean advocate, a startup techie with high scale aspirations, and strives for continuous improvement. He is a mentor at iLab Accelerator and River City Labs Accelerator and one of the co-hosts of startup/technology-based podcast Hack and Heckle (

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Fintech Brisbane Startup Weekend 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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Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.

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