Startup Weekend Sydney

    Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017

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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 Sydney

Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

We Work
100 Harris Street
Pyrmont, NSW 2009

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Startup Weekend Sydney 2017

H2 Ventures is excited to announce it will be running its second Sydney Startup Weekend from the 3rd till the 5th of March 2017, in the newly opened co-working space WeWork in Pyrmont. The hardest part of starting up is starting out, Startup Weekend targets exactly this by immersing participants in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

I have questions, who should I ask?

Almost every question is answered here. If it is not then email us with anything!

What do I get for my ticket price?

Fully catered weekend including drinks on Friday and Sunday night, opportunity to win great prizes, t-shirt, stickers and mentoring from industry leaders. Plus, an unforgettable and life changing experience that will make you want to quit your job tomorrow

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Who is H2 Ventures?

Founded by Ben and Toby Heap, H2 Ventures is an early stage investor, bringing together talented entrepreneurs, investors, forward thinking established financial services companies and other thought leaders in the world of technology enabled disruption. H2 brings together entrepreneurs and other investors who understand the potential of early stage fintech, providing ‘smart money’ equity capital as well as knowledge and mentoring to support quality entrepreneurial partners who will not only drive their businesses with passion but take responsibility for their successes. They believe in a culture of empowerment, of possibility and experimentation, of learning from failure as we seek long-term outcomes, of focused action and honest critique, of collaboration and trust, and of organisational agility.

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Friday March 3rd

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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalise teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. The venue closes at 9.30pm

Saturday March 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Get out and validate your idea.

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. The venue will close at 9.30pm

Sunday March 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Close

8:30 pm
After Party
Kick-on afterwards at a nearby venue


Cathy Kovacs

Event Judges

Ian Gardiner

Angela Kwan

Cathy Kovacs

Balder Tol

Holly Cardew

Coaches and Mentors

Toby Heap
Founding Partner

Al Bentley
Founder/ CEO

Jabin Bastian

Adam Hejl

Simon Lenoir

Sid Sahgal

Kevin Covington

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sydney 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.


Venue Partner


Principal Partner

Supporting Sponsor

Organizing Team

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

  • Toby
  • Al
  • Mel


Navjot Brar
Product Manager | Startup Community Leader | Innovation Catalyst

Navjot is a technical product manager who leads all international product work at Carpe Data related to bringing our products to the international market. This includes localization management, translation management, product management, data analysis, R&D, sales support, and project management.

He has previously worked in insurance services, AI-powered marketing SAAS, speakers, and MEMS industries fulfilling a wide variety of roles such as product, sales, hardware quality, and software engineering. He graduated from UCSB with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He supports the local startup community of Santa Barbara by organizing the Lean Startup Circle Meetup and the global startup community through organizing/facilitating Startup Weekends.

Globally he works with organizations like Techstars, Lean Startup Co, TechCrunch, SXSW, and more.

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