Startup Weekend Mackay 2016
Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 5:00 pm
Split Spaces, CQUniversity Mackay City Campus
133 Wood Street
Building 4, Level 2
Turn your idea into a business in just 54 hours!
Participating in a Startup Weekend will give you that chance, where you'll get to experience the highs, lows, moments of clarity and most importantly validation of your idea!
Don't worry if you don't have an idea! You'll listen to passionate pitches from others on the Friday night and pick the one you love the most. If you do have an idea, you'll have 60 seconds to pitch it and convince others (including IT developers, business people & designers) to come work on your team! It doesn't have to be serious, you can have fun with this and make something fantastic up on the night. After you've got a team, the fun begins as you start solving the problem, looking at how you'll build your solution and getting under way. In just a weekend, you'll be finding your real-world clients and determining how your solution will solve their problems.
For the IT developers and technical participants, pick your favourite language and framework and mock/hack out a demo or two as you go. We've got a team of experts to mentor you across the Startup Weekend in all aspects of your fledgling startup - from IT, to business, to design and more.
It all wraps up on Sunday afternoon where you give a final pitch to a panel of local and out of town startup experts -- and you might even score some investment to keep going!
In short, the goal of a Startup Weekend is to bring passionate potential entrepreneurs - just like you! - together to collaborate on innovative ideas, and have a life-changing experience whilst doing it all.
When you register you will get:
- All your main meals and drinks over the weekend.
- Access to a huge range of mentors who have done what you want to do.
- A chance to win some of the huge prizes up for grabs.
What makes Startup Weekend so valuable is that it helps you:
- Validate your business model.
- Build a team around your business idea.
- Gain exposure to investors and advisers to help get your idea off the ground.
Friday November 18th
Saturday November 19th
Sunday November 20th
It’s an intense 54hr weekend of pitching, learning, developing, conceptualising and validating.
I won my first ever start-up through the formation of a 3-man team, which shortly after the weekend, it self-destructed. Not willing to be disheartened and with an enlarged passion, I flew up north to attended another start-up weekend. I came up with an idea on the flight, leading to forming another team, which become victorious and increasing my Start-up weekend success to 2 out of 2.
Unfortunately, that idea didn't have enough legs in the market place after continued research.
Where did I go next?
Ilab germinate boot camp, this was another learning opportunity & insight into start-ups & accelerators & their expectations. I used it as an opportunity to hone my skills & develop my focus on my next project.
After attending some seminars and Queensland's first Inovation summit as part of a deligation. A few of us then attended the sunshine coast startup weekend, where I joined a team and pushed them through the weekend to succeed- winning another startup weekend making the total 3 out of 3. We are currently moving forward with Surf Pulse.
In a nut shell, 'I strive to achieve things people lable too hard or impossible.'
It's what I do and who I am, I'm passionate about customers & business. Throughout this journey I have successfully achieved the unachievable with clients. I dream big and have learnt how to take ideas & turn them into reality.
If you have a great idea & are looking for a passionate ‘Business person' contact me & together we can take the world by storm.
Well if you're still reading, then I have your attention & obviously possess something you’re looking for.
Want to know more - follow me on Facebook - 'Bret lynch my start-up journey' or twitter @bretlynch3
Principal, Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys | Patent Attorney Australia and New Zealand
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.
Coaches and Mentors
Having coached and mentored with businesses from start-ups to multi-nationals, movie stars, pro golfers and more than a handful of gazillionaires, Lyn’s passion now lies in working with the “hungry” … Hungry for support, acknowledgement, recognition, clarity, direction and success.
Lyn now works with entrepreneurs to help them discover potent and persuasive ways to speak about themselves and their products or services…so they can stand out, broadcast their brilliance and gain success.
In her spare time Lyn also consults to Vosky Bodies as a health and nutrition coach and she is in demand as a judge at bodybuilding competitions throughout Australia.
- Home loan, investment loan, residential home loans
- Business Lending, commercial lending, business loans, business lending, commercial loans
- Equipment Finance, Car Loans, Debtor Finance, Merchant
- Credit Cards, SMSF loans
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 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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Mackay 2016 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.
Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund Builds capability within Queensland's startup community with funding of up to 50% of total activity costs.
Techstars Startup Weekend Mackay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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