Startup Weekend Women Melbourne

    Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Women Melbourne

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Goods Shed North | Victorian Innovation Hub
710 Collins St
Docklands, VIC 3008

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Join The Global Movement! 54 hours to boost women-led entrepreneurship around the world. Win an all expenses-paid trip to Singapore!

A weekend for people of action!! 

Startup Weekend Melbourne is back! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea, validate, and launch a business, all in one weekend. Test your ideas, meet potential co-founders, build your community in Melbourne and launch your next startup!


We have awesome prize packages lined up for you, which include:
- An all expenses-paid trip for a member of the winning team to Singapore to attend the Asia Pacific Regional Startup Weekend Women event. 
- Free co-working space
- Some awesome startup books
- Access to Academy Xi's industry best courses
- The list is still growing - watch this space!

Our Theme: Women | Diversity + Inclusion! 

We believe entrepreneurship is the single greatest force in making the world a better place. We are encouraging entrepreneurs from all corners of Melbourne (and the world!) to come out, participate, and create ideas and opportunities that drive real-world social change. 

We believe in an inclusive definition of “women”; we welcome trans, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are femme-identifying. 

⚖️ Women account for 50% of the world’s working-age population - but are largely misrepresented. 
👩‍💼 Women hold just 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies.
💰 Closing the wage gap for women would add $28 trillion to global GDP.
📈 McKinsey's research shows that gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their peers and ethnically-diverse companies are 35% more likely to do the same.

💡 We want to continue efforts in cultivating a wholly inclusive community. A key component of that vision is empowering women to pursue their dreams and build tools that change the world.

🌟 We believe that by creating the right environments, programs, and initiatives, women in tech (alongside their larger community) are better positioned to drive transformational change in their community and beyond.

  • 🚀 This September, our Startup Weekend Global community will be hosting the most number of startup weekend women in the world, ever! and we want you to be a big part of it!
  • 🇦🇺 Join us for our chapter in Melbourne this September 13-15, 2019 for an incredible weekend of inspiration, learning, networking and startups!
  • 🌎 BONUS - As part of Global Startup Weekend Women, we've got continued opportunities for the winners to connect and learn more from all the global teams. Join us to learn more! 

✅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, with a focus on sustainability. 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 previously worked 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 to see what you can expect and if you’re feeling inspired follow us on Facebook for event information and ticket sales updates. Still, have questions? Reach out to us at melbourne@startupweekend.orgDon’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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Friday September 13th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 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

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to give your 60 second pitch

8:20 pm
Everyone votes for the top pitches

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

9:00 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.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day, venue closes. Go home and get ready for tomorrow.

Saturday September 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Check-in & Begin Work
Review the day's schedule and deadlines. Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend.

12:00 pm

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

1:30 pm
Mentor Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day, venue closes. Go home and get ready for tomorrow.

Sunday September 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee. Review the day's schedule and deadlines.

11:00 am
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask for help about business, marketing, sales etc!

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Coaching
Pitch coaches are here to help you one-on-one. Get your 5 minute pitches ready and ask for feedback!

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!


Sarah Moran

Priya George
CEO & Co-founder, NIMIS Cybersecurity

Priya is CEO of NIMIS Cybersecurity, a Techstars backed company. Her team has delivered security services to Australian and US intelligence agencies, NAB, ANZ bank, BAE Systems and technology companies.

Priya has a background leading significant transformation projects in technology, organisational restructure, people engagement, analytics and motorsports.

Event Judges

Aiman Hamdouna
Co-founder and CEO

Aiman is the founder and director of Hatch Quarter and an innovation consultant at Mo Works, he’s an entrepreneur at heart with an eye for big ideas and a deep understanding of business strategy and growth hacking.

A Driven leader with a knack for problem-solving, productive ideation, and forward-thinking strategies Aiman has founded and invested in multiple businesses and startups and delivered a range of successful private and government projects.

Aiman understands first-hand the positive impact of diversity and inclusion on innovation, making him passionate about ensuring there are networks and communities available to bridge the gap between local and international entrepreneurs.

Jeanette Cheah
Co Founder • CEO The Hacker Exchange

I'm a speaker and education innovator based in Melbourne - occasionally San Francisco - and was raised across the US, Australia, Malaysia and Japan. Don't let my youthful features fool you (thanks, Mum!), I've spent many years building things in corporate Australia before co-founding The Hacker Exchange, a tertiary-accredited entrepreneurship program connecting the next generation of leaders to global innovation cities. Today, blending the excitement of the startup world with the power of the corporate world is kind of my jam. You can find me speaking, teaching, and creating experiences in this space every day.

Dee Halil
Head of Learning Futures and Innovation at Pearson

Dee has worked in both the private and public sector, with over 10 years experience applying creative design thinking within different contexts. These have ranged from the design and implementation of communications strategies, to strategic stakeholder engagement at the interface between higher education, industry and government. Dee has applied her creative leadership skills to service design, online learning experience design, and translating scientific concepts and research outcomes.

Currently, Dee is applying her strategic innovation expertise to partnership work between Pearson Australia and higher education institutions, taking strides to meet the needs of the learners of the future.

Coaches and Mentors

Bec Martin
Head of Developer Relations, MessageMedia

A Technologist, Tinkerer and Jill-of-all-trades. Bec works at the intersection of government, startups, and technology. She draws on her broad range of experiences and insight as a consultant and policy adviser in product, strategy and innovation. At MessageMedia, she is an advocate for developers who use MessageMedia’s global messaging solutions

Natalie Byrgiotis
Developer Community Specialist, MessageMed

I am passionate about marketing and interested in all things tech.

My background is predominately B2B and technology based. I specialise in marketing to enterprise clients and developer communities.

Speak to me about lead generation and field marketing.

Myles Foster
Organizer, Mentor & Judges

Myles founded a startup at Startup Weekend. Over 3 years he raised a $100k seed round, built a mobile app, and secured a Fortune 500 company as a customer. Myles now works at Payment Rails, a local Startup that makes payouts painless.

Anna Reeves
CEO, That Start Up Show

Anna is creative entrepreneur, producer and writer with a passion for culture change storytelling. She has worked for leading media production houses as business affairs & brand manager, and written and produced company culture videos as part of transformative workshops with global organisations. She is co founder of That StartUp Show, an online TV series focused on startup culture with a global viewership of over one million. She is a regular MC, speaker at startup industry events. 

Ben Rimmer
Former CEO of City of Melbourne, and Male Champion for Change

Ben Rimmer joined the National Male Champions of Change group in 2015. Ben was CEO of the City of Melbourne from February 2015 to December 2018. In that role, he led the City of Melbourne administration in supporting the Lord Mayor and Councillors as they delivered the community’s vision of a bold, inspirational and sustainable city. He also ensured that the City of Melbourne was ‘a leading organisation for a leading city’, and built the organisation’s capacity to serve the interests of Melbourne and the evolving needs of the community.

Belle To
Growth Strategist

A problem-solving entrepreneur who is passionate about innovation and making a difference. Belle is experienced in business strategy, product development and marketing; and seeks to help businesses who challenge the norm and inefficiencies in the technological space. 

After being in the founding team of Australia's #1 Car Subscription Service, Belle is looking to assist the right people leave a mark in their relevant landscapes.

Bonnie Shaw
Strategy & Knowledge Manager, Smart City Office at City of Melbourne

Bonnie Shaw leads the development and delivery of the Smart City Strategy, Startup Action Plan, Melbourne Innovation Districts partnership, Innovation and Knowledge Programs (including the Melbourne Knowledge Week festival, Melbourne Conversations, and the Knowledge Fellowship) for the Smart City Office, at the City of Melbourne.

Leigh Sherman
CEO & Co-founder at

Alicia Berger
Former head of new product innovation for Grant Thornton UK,


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Melbourne 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.

Signature Sponsors

LaunchVic is Victoria's startup agency. Their role is to grow Victoria's startup ecosystem by investing in organisations & projects that support startups to scale innovative companies, & deliver benefits to the Victorian economy.

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Community Partners

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Organizing Team

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

  • Lalitha
  • Aainaa
  • Nadine
  • Dawoud
  • Elizabeth
  • Leyan


Nadine Saadi
Product Manager

Nadine Saadi is an ambitious and well-rounded technology development and delivery professional with 5 years of progressive experience in a highly competitive, entrepreneurial and innovation-driven environment. Nadine started as a software developer at the commercialization arm at Flinders University in South Australia. She later spun out the company, leading the product development and taking it from a minimum viable status to a scalable award-winning enterprise SaaS platform through strategic planning, working with stakeholders at every level, proactively engaging and servicing users, and representing the company in boardrooms and international conferences in Australia, Canada and Malaysia. Nadine brings a natural ability for process and product optimization, achieving organizational targets, and effective communication. 

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