Startup Weekend Rockhampton

    Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Rockhampton

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Rockhampton, Australia

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Friday June 2nd

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

5:30 pm
Drinks & Networking
nibbles, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

7:00 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 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 June 3rd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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 June 4th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

5:00 pm
Go Home!


Bret Lynch
Co-Founder of Carbine Concepts

Do you know what a start-up weekend is? 

I didn't. 

It’s an intense 54hr weekend of pitching, learning, developing, conceptualising and validating.

I won my first ever start-up through the formation of a 3-man team, which shortly after the weekend, it self-destructed. Not willing to be disheartened and with an enlarged passion, I flew up north to attended another start-up weekend. I came up with an idea on the flight, leading to forming another team, which become victorious and increasing my Start-up weekend success to 2 out of 2.
Unfortunately, that idea didn't have enough legs in the market place after continued research. 

Where did I go next? 
Ilab germinate boot camp, this was another learning opportunity & insight into start-ups & accelerators & their expectations. I used it as an opportunity to hone my skills & develop my focus on my next project.

After attending some seminars and Queensland's first Inovation summit as part of a deligation. A few of us then attended the sunshine coast startup weekend, where I joined a team and pushed them through the weekend to succeed- winning another startup weekend making the total 3 out of 3. We are currently moving forward with Surf Pulse.

In a nut shell, 'I strive to achieve things people lable too hard or impossible.'

It's what I do and who I am, I'm passionate about customers & business. Throughout this journey I have successfully achieved the unachievable with clients. I dream big and have learnt how to take ideas & turn them into reality.

If you have a great idea & are looking for a passionate ‘Business person' contact me & together we can take the world by storm.

Well if you're still reading, then I have your attention & obviously possess something you’re looking for.
Want to know more - follow me on Facebook - 'Bret lynch my start-up journey' or twitter @bretlynch3

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Harris

Mark Phillips
International Business Mentor – Serial Entrepreneur

Mark is an Australian Entrepreneur, Investor & Mentor who has launched 4 startups and is a firm believer that innovation is the key success factor for high growth businesses.  As a qualified Chartered Accountant Mark has had a successful career as an international gymnast, IT consultant, salesperson & manager with KPMG, Apple and Microsoft as well as an entrepreneur in his own startups.

His first startup went global within 2 years and opened a Silicon Valley office in 1995. Another received a $7.5m buyout offer on Launch Day. Mark has been responsible for over $250m in sales and has worked with a number of Global Leaders and Heads of State around the world.

Known for his business creativity, IT aptitude and relaxed style (and hence his brand ‘business in bare feet’) Mark operates from Queensland, Australia where he mentors innovative Executives, Founders & NGOs around the globe.  Mark is an avid aviator, hot air balloonist, adventure motorcyclist and traveller who has visited & worked in around 100 countries.

Organizing Team

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

  • Leslie
  • Brooke
  • Elize


Darren Rogan

Darren is a lean advocate, a startup techie with high scale aspirations, and strives for continuous improvement. He is a mentor at iLab Accelerator and River City Labs Accelerator and one of the co-hosts of startup/technology-based podcast Hack and Heckle (

Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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