Startup Weekend - Tourism & Events

    Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017

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Startup Weekend - Tourism & Events

Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017

Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Canvas Coworking
625 Ruthven St
Suite 1
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350

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Tourism & Events are a hot topic regionally. At Startup Weekend we’re looking to find cool people with awesome ideas to Pitch and Startup!

Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple. Are you ready to meet your next cofounder, business partner, mentor, investor or make new friends?
Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey. Find the resources available near you.
You will finish Startup Weekend knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.

Learn what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know. The only way to learn is the experience of trying.

It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.
The local organizing team will set up the ideal environment for you to be successful and learn as much as possible in a weekend.

Startup Weekend Tourism & Events will take place at the Canvas Coworking Space, Toowoomba on the 16-18th June.
We will kick off with a standup dinner and drinks followed by a guest speaker to launch the event. Participants will pitch their ideas to the audience with teams forming around the post popular ideas. The rest of the weekend is spent developing, creating and validating the new ideas and building prototypes or business plans to launch a new business startup in tourism or events.
We can only imagine what great ideas are waiting to be discovered during the weekend and from what niche they might spring from? They might be from these sectors
  • Overnight stays
  • Conventions
  • Foodie events
  • Science Tourism
  • Paddock to Plate
  • Farmstays
  • Festivals
  • Adventure experiences
  • New Websites providing innovative services
  • Mobile apps gamifying travel experiences
  • Educational Tourism Experiences

Prizes up for grabs include $1000 for best Science Tourism Startup

Mentoring with Tilma Group, premier events & destinatios  tourism experts
4 Entries in to the 8 Week Startup Business Bootcamp. worth up to $1200
Desk Time at Canvas Coworking and much more coming!

SCIENCE TOURISM vertical section
Science Tourism is a proposed area of focus for existing and new tourism experiences. It refers both to the intentional development of a strong science narrative that could be woven into the wealth of tourism experiences already available, and the exploration of new opportunities for visitors to learn, experience and appreciate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation through rich tourism experiences.

To potentially win the Science Tourism Prize on the weekend read the following and create you startup angled at achieving the desired outcomes listed below.

The opportunity exists throughout much of Australia to expand our tourism narrative and promote and package tourism products in new ways. By working collaboratively with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) providers and Tourism Operators, Inspiring Australia would like to explore how tourism products can help meet two major outcomes:
1. Increase science engagement in the wider community
2. Realise economic benefit from growth in tourism income and audience, through enhanced STEM content in new and existing products


Friday June 16th

6:00 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 June 17th

8:00 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

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 18th

8:00 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
Wrap-Up , Help Clean up.

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Shelley Dunlop
Manager, Inspiring Australia (Queensland)

Shelley Dunlop is the manager of the Inspiring Australia program in Queensland. She is passionate about exploring opportunities to connect people with a shared interest in science, technology and innovation. Her background is in science, education for sustainability, community engagement and communications. Shelley is looking forward to hearing how teams may design some Science Tourism ideas and launch then during Startup Weekend.

Coaches and Mentors

Linda Tillman
managing director

Managing Director of Tilma Group, a destination marketing and event development and management agency specialising in regional and rural areas, Linda is a Director on the Board of the Australian Regional Tourism Network. She is passionate about regional and rural tourism, with 15 years of experience working in tourism, events and marketing. Her experience includes travelling around Australia for three years working in the tourism industry and positions as the CEO of Riverina Regional Tourism and as a judge in the Vanuatu Tourism Awards.She has worked with numerous destinations and events on destination marketing and management and tourism and event strategy, including the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, the National Rural Women’s Conference, and the Deniliquin Shire Council.

Mallek Aminullah
Head of Expansion

Mallek is a native of Malaysia and joined Touriocity (A Advance Qld Hotdesq startup) in the summer of last year. Started off handling the finance of the company, he now leads up the expansion into APAC and is responsible for business development and content/guide acquisition in that area.
Mallek graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bsc (Hons) in Management. Having been well travelled he is passionate towards being exposed to different cultures across the world. This reflects his drive to relate to different customers and guides who come from colourful backgrounds. As of last year he is now able to say he has been to every continent in the world.

Guido Zanetti
Head of Expansion

Leading the expansion into Australasia for Much Better Adventures. Among a hundred other things, this is what I do:

• Developing new strategic biz partnerships in the region
• Managing the launch of the platform in new markets
• Setting up regional operations
• Member of Advance Queensland program - HotDesQ -
Entrepreneurial-minded professional. I'm always excited about new challenges, especially those that involve strategic thinking and figuring out how to scale a business. I'm particularly interested in how online marketplaces can empower people and help companies reach more customers.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend - Tourism & Events 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 Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Leisa
  • Joy
  • David


David Masefield
Assistant to Lead

Director @ Startup Toowoomba, founder of Toowoomba Startup group. Startup Weekend facilitator, Founder of Canvas Coworking. CSIRO ON Mentor, Blogger @ Entrepreneur, Startup Weekend Warrior, Trekkie, GovHacker, all rolled into one. Keen to facilitate or co-facilitate in other countries. I am an older facilitator that interacts well with all ages.

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