Darwin Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Darwin Startup Weekend

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 4:45 pm

Darwin Innovation Hub
Level 1
48-50 Smith Street
Darwin City , NT 0800

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Learn to launch a business over a weekend

Australia has hosted over 100 Startup Weekend events, but never has one been hosted in the NT or Darwin.  We're changing that and want you to join us on the journey.

Ever have that business idea or product you think the world needs?  This is your chance to quickly learn how to improve your chances at a successful launch.  Learn beside like-minded attendees where you learn some of the tips, tricks and hacks to move quickly and secure your place in the marketplace.
  • Ideas: you don't have to have a business idea to attend and learn
  • Bring a friend: these events are more fun with more people -- bring a friend and save money on the fee
  • Age: around the world people from ages 12 to 70+ have attended -- no age limit (well, maybe babies shouldn't attend)
  • What you'll get: we'll feed you all weekend, provide mentors and the framework for you to launch
  • Included: Free .CO domain; $300 in Google Cloud Credit; 6 months of Appear.in video conferencing services + $1,000s of other discounts and freebies
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


4:45 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:00 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


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:30 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


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


Event Judges


Luke Gosling

Luke grew up the eldest of eight kids. They had little money so they all worked, looked after each other and contributed to their community. Luke’s work brought him to the north and he now lives in Darwin, is married to Kate and has a daughter and a son.Luke started his working life with Defence, spending 13 years in the Army, including leadership roles in Parachute Infantry, Commandos, Defence Cooperation Programs, the Territory’s own Norforce as well as overseas service in PNG, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. Luke’s time in the Army taught him duty and service, teamwork and leadership.After leaving the Army, Luke worked overseas in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Albania and Timor-Leste. Luke co-founded a not-for-profit NGO: Life, Love and Health; an Australian volunteer charity for Timor-Leste. LL&H has fundraised and built schools, brought running water to remote villages, and delivered maternal health care. For this work, Luke was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for his relief work during the 2006 humanitarian crisis.Luke established the Remote Area Health Corps in 2008, a Territory based federally funded program to prepare and provide GPs, nurses, dental and allied health professionals to remote Northern Territory health centres.Luke strongly believes in contributing to the community and here in Darwin he works as a Vinnies volunteer after serving as the Darwin CEO.Luke’s family have a mortgage. He fully understands the pressures on the cost of living and wants to help Darwin and Palmerston keep their great lifestyle. That means growing jobs, protecting conditions and making sure people don’t get left behind.


Fiona Park

Born in Melbourne, and after years’ of working in other countries, Fiona has been in Darwin since 2012. She founded plus-sized hosiery company Emmaretta in 2012 after getting frustrated that she couldn’t find colourful, soft and fun hosiery anywhere in the world to fit her. To bootstrap the company, she took a second job as a cleaner/gardener on weekends. That enabled her to travel to a specialty hosiery manufacturing school in the US in 2016. Emmaretta is now in the product development phase in North Carolina.Fiona is a qualified mechanical engineer with a Master of Business Administration, with a “day job” managing a team in the Northern Territory Government that attracts Asian investment into junior mining projects. But she has worked in a wide variety of jobs including liquor distribution, shoe and clothing retail, and industrial castor sales. Fiona also has experience as a board member on not-for-profit and infrastructure projects in Australia. Fiona works on Emmaretta early in the morning, in the evenings, and on weekends. She lives with Mike the pilot, 2 cats, and is lucky to have the support of a Mastermind group of fellow entrepreneurs to share the start-up journey with.She was the NT finalist in the 2017 Australia Post Regional Pitchfest.



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.


Coaches and Mentors


Shanon Loughton
MANAGING DIRECTOR



John MacKenzie
Managing Director

John is a husband and father of 2 who is highly passionate and focused. With a sports endurance background, he understands pain vs. reward and the Champion Mindset. As a businessman, he is very strategic, applying creativity, design thinking and value propositions to deliver unfair competitive advantage. His focus is on solving real problems and making and a real difference. John has a deep understanding of social and digital online presence seeing huge gaps in the market. He has exceptional financial skills and has grown business by more than 10x.He has particular expertise in tech, social selling, teams and strategy. With a contrarian mindset, he knows that real innovation in identifying and communicating a core promise and mechanism is what separates business leaders from the pack.With an interest in 3 Northern Territory tech start-ups and supporting 3 more, John is fast becoming a key player in the region, particularly when it comes to delivering skilled talent to cut costs and to fast track development.Having led, advised and also owned his own businesses working across a diverse industry base, he can share insight into the challenges businesses face as they grow to the next level, adopting practical, strategic approaches to improve performance. More recently, John has advised businesses up to $100M and been a key adviser to support Mega Projects improve their Supply Chains. He has also guided the NT’s recent Telstra Business Award winner.



James Robinson

James has been in the tourism industry for over 15 years. During this time he has moved his way through the industry managing and growing backpacker hostels, project management of reservation system roll-outs to most recently promoting and growing the tourism industry in the NT. James has been managing some of the biggest Social media accounts in the NT tourism sector for the last 3 years and is coming to Techstars weekend to share his knowledge with everyone.    


Derek Campbell
Partner

Derek joined our Darwin practice as an Enterprise Partner in 2016, his primary role is in our Tax and Advisory
areas but also has a background in audit. Derek moved from Townsville in North Queensland where he was
Managing Partner with Crowe Horwath North Queensland. Derek held national roles with Crowe Horwath’s Audit
and Advisory Group, Risk Management committees and was a member of the national leadership team in his
capacity as Managing Partner of the North Queensland offices. Derek has more than 20 years experience
providing audit, assurance and advisory services, including managing external, internal and compliance audits,
conducting due diligence, investigating accountant’s reports, business advice to small and medium business,
governance reviews and advice on sale of business. Derek has also managed teams in financial planning and
superannuation. He has recently taken on the Operations Leader role for our Enterprise Practices in Darwin,
Perth and Tasmania


Lauren Tattersall
Associate

Lauren is an associate in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers' Darwin dispute resolution team. Lauren assists clients in a broad range of litigation and advisory matters including contract disputes, lease disputes, regulatory issues, corporate governance, debt recovery and insolvency. Her clients include small and large businesses, government departments, local councils, insurers and insolvency practitioners. Lauren has a particular interest in providing clients with practical plain English advice and helping clients resolve disputes efficiently so that they can get on with their core business.


Nadia D'Souza
Associate

Nadia is an associate in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers' Darwin commercial team. Nadia assists corporate clients, local councils and non-for-profit organisations in a broad range of commercial transactions including leasing and property sales/ acquisitions for commercial and pastoral land. Nadia was born and bred in Darwin and also has previous experience working within a family business. This experience provides her with a better understanding of the pressures faced by local small businesses and enables her to give constructive legal advice to those clients.


Deb Turner

Deb has 25 years working in the tourism industry managing and promoting youth hostels and is passionate about growing tourism in the Northern Territory.  Deb started the Darwin Job Shack with Tuesday Turner as a club targeting working holiday Makers and is the recipient of the 2014 George Dunne Brolga award for outstanding contribution to youth Tourism in the Northern Territory. Deb is a globetrotter, taking the Job Shack to international trade shows where she has made many important contacts. Deb established Study Darwin as a training provider for working holiday makers to develop English language and hospitality skills for employment in the Northern Territory and facilitates programs such as Emerging Entrepreneurs Program targeting Territory Youth. Debs established Think Smart NT as a business to support innovation in the Northern Territory by bringing events and quality speakers to the innovation ecosystem fostering the uptake of innovative ideas and position for commercialization. Deb was a key element of the NT Ideas fest in April 2017 working closely with Local and Federal Governments on all things Tourism and Innovation.  


Ross Lindsay

Ross has more than 35 years’ experience in a variety of industries across both the public and private sectors. Expertise includes a range of contexts including defence, research and development, construction and aviation. In the past 13 years Ross’s career focus has been within the Vocational Education and Training sector, including workforce planning, project management, training analysis, organisational and people development, vocational education policy planning and implementation, public and private sector advisory and training.
Ross has successfully managed both public and private sector programs and initiatives with a focus on increasing workforce capability and employment.
Ross’s passion is working collaboratively with the VET sector and Industry to ensure training requirements are clearly identified and articulated so people can obtain the skills leading to employment while building the capacity of Australia’s workforce and international competitiveness. 

Ross has undertaken leadership roles in a variety of areas including owner operated business, corporate management and managing large teams and projects with government, industry and with private stakeholders. Ross has worked in mining and petrochemical construction with a focus on workforce planning and development, training implementation and management, training package development, and skills gap analysis. Recent companies include Rio Tinto’s, Energy Resources Australia (ERA) Ranger mine and JKC Australia, Ichthys Oil and Gas development and ISAT (Timor Leste).



Shauna Mounsey

Shauna is a business advisor, marketing expert, lawyer, scientist and project manager.  She has extensive experience in the oil and gas and mining sector and has advised on and secured multi-billion dollar project approvals.  She has national and global entrepreneurship and commericalisation experience and has founded a number of start-ups in tech, oil and gas, environmental management and fitness industry.  She is also the Co-Founder of StaffLeverage and Explorar360



Jude Ellen
CEO

Jude is the CEO of Dolphin, a long term Darwin company focused on technology as a transformative enabler, on teams fit for purpose, and on the discovery and integrity of organisational data fit for purpose. Dolphin once was a start up holding global patents. We have walked the talk. Jude is also a co-founder and Lead Activist in Rust 490-in Darwin, an emerging business enabling people, ideas, and communities to flourish through fearless dialogue, team work, and clever technology. Rust 490 was a foundation partner in the Darwin Innovation Hub in 2016. Rust 490 helped create IdeasFest, the first ideas innovation community festival in Darwin in April 2017 – Jude was  a mentor / coach and an organiser. Jude also helped instigate the first Govhack NT weekend in 2017, and was a champion for Australia Post Regional Pitch Fest Darwin (February to July 2017). Australia Post Regional Pitchfest selected Jude as one of  ten Regional Activators, forming  a new national network to map and plan for the rise of regional entrepreneurialism, and for deeper penetration for  Australia Post Regional Pitchfest 2018 across regional Australia .


Darren lynch
Director

Darren was born in Melbourne, has lived in NSW, where at an early age, was  involved in his families tourism and retail business. At 21yo,  moved upto the Gold Coast starting in business with a good mate. Living in the Northern Territory since 1994, Darren has various business interests in Retail, Tourism and Hospitality over the past 22 years.A passion continues for offering quality experiences to customers, most recently he has invested in Food & Beverage venues at the Darwin Waterfront, including  - Wharf One food & wine and the Precinct,  a Craft Beer Pub with 46 taps.Promoting positive community and economic improvements to the Top End, Darren heads up the Darwin City Waterfront Retailers Association.Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and NT Chamber of Commerce.His enjoyment is, out in the marketplace observing new food products, restaurants and menu trends.



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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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    Johnsen
  • Deb
    Turner
  • Ross
    Lindsay

Facilitators


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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Jude Ellen
CEO

Jude is the CEO of Dolphin, a long term Darwin company focused on technology as a transformative enabler, on teams fit for purpose, and on the discovery and integrity of organisational data fit for purpose. Dolphin once was a start up holding global patents. We have walked the talk. Jude is also a co-founder and Lead Activist in Rust 490-in Darwin, an emerging business enabling people, ideas, and communities to flourish through fearless dialogue, team work, and clever technology. Rust 490 was a foundation partner in the Darwin Innovation Hub in 2016. Rust 490 helped create IdeasFest, the first ideas innovation community festival in Darwin in April 2017 – Jude was  a mentor / coach and an organiser. Jude also helped instigate the first Govhack NT weekend in 2017, and was a champion for Australia Post Regional Pitch Fest Darwin (February to July 2017). Australia Post Regional Pitchfest selected Jude as one of  ten Regional Activators, forming  a new national network to map and plan for the rise of regional entrepreneurialism, and for deeper penetration for  Australia Post Regional Pitchfest 2018 across regional Australia .


Shauna Mounsey

Shauna is a business advisor, marketing expert, lawyer, scientist and project manager.  She has extensive experience in the oil and gas and mining sector and has advised on and secured multi-billion dollar project approvals.  She has national and global entrepreneurship and commericalisation experience and has founded a number of start-ups in tech, oil and gas, environmental management and fitness industry.  She is also the Co-Founder of StaffLeverage and Explorar360



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