Startup Weekend - Outback Edition

    Friday, August 11 - 13, 2017

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend - Outback Edition

Friday, August 11 - 13, 2017

Friday, August 11 - 13, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Quantas Founders Museum
Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
Old Terminal
Longreach, Queensland 4730

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Take a weekend & launch a business

"I wish someone would make it."
"Why doesn't this exist yet?"

Well, why can't you bring that idea to the world?

Join us Friday, August 11- Sunday, August 13 where you'll be with like minded individuals and learn how to share (or just listen to) business ideas, see how to make a business out of it and share with a panel of judges how far your team can take a business. 

This event is great for people that have an interest to learn the steps to start a business.  This event isn't for people that just want marketing help on their existing business or product. Back of the napkin ideas, pre-revenue, pre-incorporation. 

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Friday August 11th

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 August 12th

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 August 13th

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

Mark Phillips
International Business Mentor – Serial Entrepreneur

Mark is an Australian Entrepreneur, Investor & Mentor who has launched 4 startups and is a firm believer that innovation is the key success factor for high growth businesses.  As a qualified Chartered Accountant Mark has had a successful career as an international gymnast, IT consultant, salesperson & manager with KPMG, Apple and Microsoft as well as an entrepreneur in his own startups.

His first startup went global within 2 years and opened a Silicon Valley office in 1995. Another received a $7.5m buyout offer on Launch Day. Mark has been responsible for over $250m in sales and has worked with a number of Global Leaders and Heads of State around the world.

Known for his business creativity, IT aptitude and relaxed style (and hence his brand ‘business in bare feet’) Mark operates from Queensland, Australia where he mentors innovative Executives, Founders & NGOs around the globe.  Mark is an avid aviator, hot air balloonist, adventure motorcyclist and traveller who has visited & worked in around 100 countries.

Linda McCall
Health Coach | Dream Life Coaching | Startup Coach

Linda McCall is an Australian Entrepreneur, Digital Nomad & Specialist Mindset Coach who helps people transition into new careers easily.  She assists entrepreneurs embarking on the startup journey to align their true passions and values, to achieve more focused, effective goals and outcomes toward creating a new direction in their lives and business.

Linda grew up in the Australian Outback, joined the Australian Airforce, and became an international flight attendant with Qantas and later a corporate flight attendant for the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia.  She has worked as a coach in Hong Kong and has been profiled in international media around the world.  With a social media following more than 40,000 Linda is internationally recognised & qualified in NLP and Mindset Coaching & Training.

Linda has motorcycled solo across the USA and has circumnavigated Australia on a motorcycle.  She is qualified as a recreational pilot and has flown hot air balloons in various countries around the world.

Together with 25 years’ experience in Customer Excellence, Linda has exceptional growth skills behind her, which she can pass on to her clients to enhance and develop the micro touch points in business expansion.

Linda lives her inspired dreams and assists companies and entrepreneurs in creating theirs, with strategies and mindset skills, effective goals and reaching high-performance levels in new areas.

Recently she has assisted Startups around Australia in
Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and Perth.

Jacen Carpenter

Jacen has been providing legal services to Longreach and the Central Western Queensland District for over 13 years in the areas of Family Law, Rural Conveyancing, Business and Commercial Conveyancing, Property Law and Wills and Estate Planning. From the 4 October 2016 he has commenced his own legal firm, Carpenter Law, which has taken over from M+K Lawyers Longreach.

Neil Makepeace

Experienced executive leader and director with 30 years’ experience solving complex problems in Queensland, around Australia and worldwide. A strong track record in management consulting, strategic planning, ICT systems development and operations. An expert in evidence-based decision making in dynamic environments, including defence and public safety. Passionate about driving business growth and public value through the power of information and a recognised leader in the field of open data. Has worked extensively with local and state and national governments, public utilities, not-for-profit organisations and major corporations!

Shane Howard
CEO, Founder

Shane is the founder of Custom College Recruiting, where his students and families have been offered over $45M in athletic and academic scholarships for college education. ....

Chad Renando
Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

I am an organisational leader who is passionate about helping people develop to their full potential as they achieve outcomes in their organisations and teams. 

Over the past 20+ years, this passion has taken me through management positions in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Functional areas in which I have operated include quality, human resources, business development, environmental sustainability, and operations within manufacturing, business consulting, and digital services industries.

My strengths are in building and growing internal teams and developing opportunities in external networks.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend - Outback Edition 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 Longreach is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Morgan
  • Louise
  • Brooke
  • Kristine
  • Megan
  • Daniel


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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