Startup Weekend Adelaide #6

    Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, South Australia, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Adelaide #6

Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

New Venture Institute
1284 South Road
Clovelly Park, South Australia 5042

Buy Tickets


Learn How To Launch A Startup In 54 Hours or Less!

Are you?

  • A Developer (software engineer/coder/hacker)
  • A Designer (graphics, UX/UI)
  • A Business person (business, marketing, PR, finance)

Have you launched your startup yet?

If you want to launch a startup and have some fun, then we think you will find Startup Weekend will be a life changing experience. It's a hands on business hackathon delivered over the course of a weekend that teaches you how really start a business. When you register you will get:

  • All your meals and drinks over the weekend;
  • Access to 20+ mentors who have done what you want to do;
  • A chance to win some of the $20,000 in prizes up for grabs.

What makes Startup Weekend so valuable for wantrepreneurs is that it helps you:

  • Validate your business model;
  • Build a team around your business idea;
  • Exposure to investors and advisors to help get your idea off the ground.

3 Reasons to Attend:

  • $20,000 of awesome prizes up for grabs;
  • Meet cool people (Cofounder dating anyone?);
  • Access to world class mentors, speakers and judges.

Now you might have some questions...

  • What if I don't have an idea? That's cool just join up with another team;
  • What if I've never started a business before? That's the point of Startup Weekend, it's a great chance to get experience fast;
  • I've already been to a Startup Weekend, why should I go again? If you haven't started a startup, then you need keep trying until you hit gold!

A comprehensive FAQ can be found here:

Checkout some of these Startup Weekend success stories

Encyclopedia of Magic: Won the first Startup Weekend and have built a successful online business doing something they love! They then went on to win Entrepreneurs of the Year this last year!

Musio: Mal and Oli won Startup Weekend 3 and then went on to win the Unearthing New Business grant from Bank SA. Their startup is just about to go live!

Majoran Distillery: Michael, Chhai and William all met at the first Startup Weekend. Their ideas didn't work but they did start Adelaide's premier co-working facility that has become the epicentre of Adelaide's tech community.

Our Guarantee

So if you're serious about starting a business, click Buy Ticket. Once you've registered, you will be one step closer to launching your startup.


Friday July 17th

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

7:15 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 July 18th

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 July 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Practice
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

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:30 pm
After Party!


Mal Chia

Event Judges

Andre Eikmeier

Belinda Jennings

Frank Seeley

Grace Lever

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Montesi

Bill Chin

Bill Chin is a passionate and experienced business development and strategy management professional having successfully served senior roles leading global business development managing sales, and marketing across major continents in Asia, Greater China, Europe, India, Middle East, and USA.

Bill McFarlane

Craig Yeung

Darren Oemcke

Doug Adamson

After completing training as an electronic engineer in Adelaide in 1980, Doug travelled overseas where his first proper business in the UK involved interviewing rock stars such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Talking Heads, Sting, Pink Floyd etc so he has plenty of interesting music business stories to tell.   Doug enjoyed founding, growing, managing and selling several businesses in the UK, Europe and SE Asia in media, distribution, and content and then relocated back to Australia in 1995.   After some time in Melbourne running a software and services business that had acquired his previous web software operation, Doug returned to Adelaide in 2003 and saw life from the other side, spending the best part of six years as an Investment Manager at a seed/early stage technology investment fund. He also founded a business in organics, acquired a boutique tourism business, and made several angel investments (not all of them successful!).   Now Doug loves filling his days working with innovative companies.  As a Case Manager with Commercialisation Australia, Doug is motivated by helping businesses bring new products to the market and providing advice so they don’t make many of the mistakes Doug has made!   Besides qualifications in electronic engineering, finance, and venture capital, Doug is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ema Ross

Frank Falco

Harvey Marcus

Leila Henderson

Marty Gauvin

Melissa Fardone

Michael Chrisohou

Nick Hayden

Pari Pathak

Rick Carter

Rod Smith

Ron Somers

Sam Yu

Scott Perry

Stephen Boyd

Stewart Mitchell

Stuart Snyder
Co-founder YourAmigo Ltd

Stuart is currently a limited partner in Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Sydney and is an investor in software companies Happy Inspector and Portalink.

Stuart Snyder was a cofounder, director, and CFO of YourAmigo Ltd which was the South Australian exporter of the year in 2008. YourAmigo was incorporated in 1999 and successfully commercialised novel search technology acquired from Flinders University. YourAmigo’s was a technology leader in the search marketing space with installations on websites in over 30 different countries, including many of the world’s top 100 ecommerce companies. 

Stuart grew up in Silicon Valley and started his career as a CPA with KPMG in San Jose, California in 1979. Stuart migrated to Adelaide in 1993.

Suhit Anantula

Tom Trewartha

Tom Young

Wendy Perry

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Adelaide #6 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 South Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Orren
  • Ashleigh
  • Heidi
  • Abhishek
  • Kathryn
  • Ben
  • Flinders


Orren Prunckun

Entrepreneur. Cofounder of Startup Adelaide Inc. Australia Day Citizen of the Year for Unley. Recognised in the "Top 50 Australian Startup Influencers," Australian Anhill's "30 Under 30" and "Mentors you should know in the startup space: Adelaide Edition."

Event Blog

See Full Blog