Startup Weekend FinTech, Melbourne

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend FinTech, Melbourne

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

York Butter Factory
66 King Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed 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 March 27th

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 March 28th

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 March 29th

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!

Event Judges

Ryan Zhou
Co-Founder & COO at CoinJar

Kate Bennett Eriksson
Digital Change - Head of Innovation at PwC AU

Stuart Stoyan
Founder and CEO at MoneyPlace

Meredith Angwin
Partner at Ernst & Young

Coaches and Mentors

Aron Bury
Technical Lead at CoinJar

Samuel Goudie
Marketing Lead at CoinJar

Richard Wetherell
Project Finance Analyst at ANZ

Miranda Phua
Senior Consultant, Risk Management at BlueOrchard Finance SA

Hayden Dobson
Designer at Loft Group

Anthony Ryan
Founder of Social Hands, Analyst at Mudfrog Technologies

Leon Gouletsas
Bluemix Sales Specialist at IBM Cloud

Educator. Evangelist. Entrepreneur.
Practice leader for the IBM Bluemix Garage in Melbourne, Australia: a consultancy with a startup DNA. Crafting strategy and improving processes for entrepreneurial organisations with a strong focus on learning, best practice and community. He's driven to understand difficult problems then provide leadership and a strategy to get them solved. 

Demi Markogiannaki
Founder at WeTeachMe

Kyle Vermeulen
Product Manager at Learnable

Marc Harrison
Startup founder and adviser

Leigh Sherman
CEO & Co-founder at

Joshua Chittick
CTO & Co-founder at

Martin Kemka
Founder and Operation Manager

Jason McLean
Partner, EY

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend FinTech, 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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Sahand
  • Max
  • Noemie
  • Jason
  • Kelsey


Dinesh George

Marina Paronetto
Founder of Powerhousehq / Innovation Manager at PwC Australia

Marina is the Founder of PowerhouseHQ an organisation designed to enable entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. Marina's mandate is to create conditions that enable learn by doing and build positive change. 

As part of Powerhousehq Marina has developed , a social program to enable girls to learn business skills and actively supports the Melbourne startup scene by hosting hackathons, conferences, workshops, and as a founding member of Startup Victoria Female founders committee.

As part of PwC Experience Center team, Marina has been working with large public and private organisations, helping to identify what challenges and opportunities to focus, re-image their value proposition, leveraging assets and market analysis to build human centred design solutions, which deliver value and positive impact.

Event Staff

Kate Illsley
Senior Recruitment Consultant


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