Startup Weekend Gold Coast

    Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Gold Coast

Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Gold Coast Innovation Hub
36 Laver Drive
Robina, Queensland 4226

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Startup Weekend Gold Coast

We're mashing the geeks with entrepreneurs and everyone in between, and locking them in the brand new GOLD COAST INNOVATION HUB for a weekend, pouring in a heap of caffeine and free food, to see what new ideas come out the other end. This 54 hour event brings together creatives, technologists, designers and developers to experiment with rapid idea generation. It is a fast-paced and highly creative event that challenges everyone who attends to make innovative new projects in 54 hours.

Who can attend?
Anyone. Whether you're 8 or 88, a painter, actor, software engineer, writer, graphic designer, geek, entrepreneur, photographer, musician, programmer, museum curator, or startup specialist. Whether you have an idea, or have no idea. Everyone is welcome. (We even allow bankers and used-car salesmen to come along!) 

What you will get out of it?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success - Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered citizens who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures or products.  Whether participants found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, find a creative collaborator, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to have a heap of fun, and to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday November 23rd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 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 24th

9:00 am
Master Class - Lean Startup 101
Learn about the basics of a lean startup

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Mentors Available
Ask them lots of questions!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Master Class - How to Pitch
Learn the basics of how to pitch your business

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!

Event Judges

Dan Norris
Founder of Black Hops Brewing, Author of 7 Day Startup

Dan Norris is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning content marketer, international speaker and the author of 4 number 1 Amazon best selling business books.In June 2013 after failing at entrepreneurship for 7 years, he founded, a worldwide team of WordPress developers, providing unlimited small fixes and support, 24 / 7 for a low monthly fee. After becoming profitable in 23 days, WP Curve grew to a team of 40, 850+ customers and passed an annual run rate of over $1m AUD within 2 years and a year later was sold to GoDaddy.With over 65,000 copies sold, Dan’s books have been translated into 13 languages and inspired thousands of people around the world to launch their businesses, with may resulting in 6 and even 7 figure businesses.Dan is also the co-founder of Black Hops Brewing, a craft beer brewery located on the Gold Coast, Australia. In 2015 Black Hops brewed the world’s first beer for the biggest entertainment franchise on earth, Call of Duty.Dan is passionate about helping people launch entrepreneurial projects. He has a paid 7 Day Startup group as well as a free Facebook group with over 12,000 members.

Coaches and Mentors

Michael Metcalfe
Founder and Director Hoteliyo

Starting from Australia, Michael has worked on 4 continents, visited 40 countries and actively specialise in hotels and venture expansions. He is currently the Founder & Director of Hoteliyo, based on the Gold Coast. 

Hoteliyo is an international, hotel advisory team working with Owners, Developers and Investors. We advise and support execution. Key services include strategic planning, market feasibility, turnaround projects, owner advisory, contract reviews, brand and operator search and hotel concept expansion.

Michael is a Board Advisor for hotels and startup ventures, and mentor with the Branson Entrepreneurship Centre. He has an MBA (Hotel Mngt), B.Bus (Mngt) and Certificate in Hotel Investment (Cornell Uni). 

Joshua Smith
Founder / Director

Josh is a strategical director within several successful start ups. As a strategical director Josh focuses on the initial product discovery and innovative strategies to propel the idea into a fully fledge commercial product, problem solving and developing detailed user and consumer logic as part of his core discovery processes. Josh is a co-founder of, Australia's largest online motocross retailer, Kaliber Studio, a brand consultancy firm and a partner in SkillGap, a new on demand hiring platform due to launch early 2017. In the past Josh has had experience in building and presenting capital raising and IPO presentations that have collectively raised over $23Million dollars, whilst working along side some of Australia's top ASX listed companies.

Timothy Hui
Investment Analyst & Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Timothy is driven by community, helping entrepreneurs grow and startups build capacity. Timothy is the Founding Executive of QUT Starters – a Queensland University of Technology student society that worked towards fostering entrepreneurship, he later became the Director of Startup Hatch - a student pre-accelerator program turning them from observers into achievers. Tim is a graduate from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Engineering (Medical). As a result, he approaches every business with a deeply analytical assessment and commercial viability in mind. Tim is now Investment Analyst and Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. He was instrumental to establishing and operations of Collider Accelerator, and splits his time with CEA’s investment fund. Tim is an experienced Startup Weekend and hackathon organiser and participant. He is a regular facilitator in startup methodologies, growth marketing, and MBA guest lecturer in venture capital. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gold Coast 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Sharon
  • Ksenia
  • Tiah
  • Baden
  • Tanya


Sharon Hunneybell

Sharon Hunneybell is the CEO of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub and is a well known innovation leader in Australia.  Sharon is a highly awarded technology executive and is named an ‘Innovation Champion’ by the Australian Government.  

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