Startup Weekend Gold Coast

    Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Gold Coast, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Gold Coast

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Gold Coast Innovation Hub
36 Laver Dr
Robina , Queensland 4226

Buy Tickets

From Idea to Business 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.

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

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday February 21st

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 February 22nd

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 February 23rd

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Kane Sajdak

Kane Sajdak is a passionate business and technology expert, and cofounder of the multi-award winning IT firm, BITS Technology Group. Through his drive to improve businesses through smart technology choice, and ensuring that the “people” element of technology is at the forefront of every engagement, BITS Technology Group has grown to include national and international office, and work with some of Australia’s leading organisations. Kane has an extensive career in IT, and most recently has been crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the second year in a row.

Hank Kingman

Hank has held leadership roles at the forefront of commercial development in Media in Australia and the UK.With a foundation in business development, advertising solutions, marketing, consumer research and analysis he has worked with start up national broadcasters in free to air and Pay TV, in direct marketing, news publishing, search marketing and began Fairfax Media’s early transition to a digital enterprise. Hank has contributed to the transformation of major media businesses in to multi platform digital concerns, run cinema JVs internationally, advised on the start up of a premium member car club, an investment business tailored to women and been the co founder of Australian beverages brand – Nudie. drinks.

Jason Atkins

Jason is CEO of Cake. Cake is a SAAS Fintech that helps businesses issue and manage their capital like a pro, without being a finance wizard. Jason has founded several businesses from the Gold Coast, and has a strong understanding of many startup disciplines on the business side of things – don’t expect too much technical advice! Jason is an ex-CFO and corporate finance manager and has worked across many sectors, from starts and SME to private equity and multinationals in Europe.

Anastasha Deyour

Anastasha Grace is a Co-Founder of Fall in Love with Sales, Confidence and Performance Coach, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner and Behavioural Specialist. An entrepreneur and business owner for over 15 years, Anastasha holds multiple degrees in business, communication, financial management from Universities in the United States, Australia, and Russia. Establishing her first business at 26 she quickly expanded it a multi-million dollar business, later moving to Australia and launching multiple businesses in wholesale, hospitality and e-commerce. Driven by her love of behavioural sciences Anastasha spent many years studying psychology, psychosomatics, the power of the mind and energy healing. Now she combines the knowledge in hypnotherapy, NLP, kinesiology, and the Spiral (proven techniques that merge psychological and neurological sciences) to help her clients to achieve new levels of self-confidence and authenticity in your life.As a transformation mentor, confidence and performance coach she assists her clients to reduce stress levels, increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence; to be a better leader by changing old patterns and unsupportive beliefs that weigh them down.

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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Summer
  • Ksenia
  • Sharon


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.  

Event Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!