Startup Weekend Melbourne 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Melbourne 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

York Butter Factory
62-66 King Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Startup Weekend

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.

Why Participate?

Startup Weekend is like the olympics of hackathons. It is a great way to flex your entrepreneurial muscle. No pain, no gain!

Soo...If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, coder or designer and are looking to gain more experience, build your networks and get a real life taste of what it's like to be in a startup, then this is a great opportunity to put yourself in that challenging but highly rewarding environment!

Format

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. 

Prizes up for grabs, with more to be announced soon!


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 20th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:10 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:10 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:40 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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Time for teams to head home and to rest up for the weekend ahead!

Saturday November 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Business Model Canvas Workshop
A 30 minute session assisting your team with the development of a solid business model for your idea!


11:30 am
UX / UI Workshop
A 15 minute fish bowl session providing teams insight around User Interface and User Experience. We will then proceed to providing a short one-on-one session with each competing team.


12:45 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Mentors Arrive
Mentors arrive to help teams one-on-one. They will be accessible to you for two hours.


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Go Home or Die Trying
You may stay and work as late as you want, or you may go home and rest up.

Sunday November 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Mentors Arrive
Mentors arrive to help teams one-on-one. They will be accessible to you for two hours.


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
A chance to practice your pitches and receive valuable feedback from a selection of mentors. Each team will be given 12 minutes.


4:00 pm
Dinner


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Winners announced


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!



Speakers


Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.

Event Judges


Meredith Angwin
Partner at Ernst & Young



Kurt Falkenstein
Founder of General Standards



Christoph Breidbach
Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne



Michael Vitale
Professor, Faculty, Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship



Raymond Soo
Senior Accountant at Crowe Horwath



Coaches and Mentors


Maria Padbury
Learning and Development Specialist at The Padbury Group



Chris Romano
Video Content Creator at 90seconds.tv



Maria Bond
Senior Manager at EY



Oliver De Rieu
Founder at La Mule



Kane Murphy
Digital Project Manager



Pita Oskam
Founder at Germane Design



Barti Murugesan
Project Manager at RMIT University



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Melbourne 2015 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Ben
    Gray
  • Kate
    Illsley
  • Lan
    Nguyen
  • Priyank
    Kapasi
  • Parag
    Gaikwad
  • Sahand
    Bagheri
  • Max
    Kwok
  • Jason
    Lim

Facilitators


Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.


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