Startup Weekend Bundaberg

    Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bundaberg

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Generator Bundaberg
Level 1
155A Bourbong Street
Bundaberg, QLD 4670

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Launch an idea and build a business in 54 hours!

The most challenging part of taking an idea from concept to creation is actually starting out. Startup Weekend overcomes this by immersing participants in an encouraging and inspiring environment so the startup magic can happen. Our goal is to connect you with entrepreneurial-minded, enthusiastic people for an exciting weekend of big ideas!

With a vast number of resources and our superstar mentors to guide you, by the end of the weekend you'll have a whole new wealth of knowledge to continue on with your creation or to apply to your everyday life.

Startup Weekend is your destination in Bundaberg for the weekend of April 20th - 22nd!

Who is Startup Weekend For?
Startup Weekend is designed as an event that brings all sorts of people together, including:
- aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
- developers and other tech-related professionals
- designers of all types
- anyone with talents/skills in business, sales, finance, legal, health, wellness, mindfulness ... anything really
- students from universities and high schools
- professionals looking to switch careers
- passionate visionaries
- all-time learners

Your ticket includes:
- Access to the full weekend-long event
- Mentoring by all-stars from the entrepreneurship community
- Tasty meals 
- Collaboration with awesome people from across the industry
- All-star judge's panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders
- Cool goodie bags, from us and our partners
- Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
- A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
- And over 60 new awesome Facebook friends!

Do I need to come up with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's alright. Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and get involved by joining a team. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.

If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers

Join us for a super exciting weekend!

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Friday April 20th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:50 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 April 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Morning Check In
Morning check in before starting the day.

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 April 22nd

9:00 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

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Presentations Finalised
All teams should have their presentations finished and ready for pitching to judges.

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Drinks and nibblies

6:30 pm

Event Judges

Peta Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, River City Labs

Startup Community Activator Peta Ellis is a Communications Professional with 15+ years’ experience in Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Publicity, Social Media Marketing and Public Profile Management.   Since 2012 Peta has worked alongside Steve Baxter, the founder of River City Labs to grow Brisbane's Startup community and establish RCL as Brisbane’s most prominent Coworking community of Tech Startups , Entrepreneurs and industry mentors.

Tanya O'Shea
Chief Executive Officer, Impact Community Services

Tanya joined IMPACT in 1999, and worked in a range of management positions prior to being appointed as Chief Executive in 2011. Balancing a strong academic and practical background in business management and mental health has assisted Tanya to apply sound business principles to the governance and strategic vision of an organisation that delivers a diverse and innovative suite of programs and services to some of the most vulnerable within the community.

Cristo Pajust
Head of River City Labs Accelerator Program

Cristo has founded 5, successfully exited 2 and helped tens of other startup companies in USA, Asia, Europe. Cristo now lives and works full-time in Australia for heading up River City Labs' Accelerator Program.

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey was elected Mayor of the Bundaberg Region on 10 March 2016 after an extended period in Queensland politics. Cr Dempsey is the former State Member for Bundaberg, being elected to that position on 9 September 2006.  He held various Ministerial positions culminating with his appointment as Minister for Police and Community Safety in 2013, a position he held until he exited politics on 31 January 2015.

Daryl Corpe
Partner, Ulton

Daryl joined the firm in 1984 and became a Partner soon after in 1986. Daryl's grounding was predominately in the areas of tax consulting, tax advice and audit services, though more recently he has specialised in the area of corporate consulting, including business acquisitions and valuations, corporate restructuring, finance and financial modelling. These skills along with his formal qualifications are drawn upon when attending board meetings for various private companies.

Coaches and Mentors

Damien Tracey
Chief Executive Officer, Community Lifestyle Support

Damien Tracey is Chief Executive Officer of Community Lifestyle Support and the recently developed Kalkie Makerspace. Damien brings a wealth of knowledge to the startup scene in Bundaberg and is passionate about growing innovation in regional Queensland.

Chad Renando
Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

I am an organisational leader who is passionate about helping people develop to their full potential as they achieve outcomes in their organisations and teams. 

Over the past 20+ years, this passion has taken me through management positions in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Functional areas in which I have operated include quality, human resources, business development, environmental sustainability, and operations within manufacturing, business consulting, and digital services industries.

My strengths are in building and growing internal teams and developing opportunities in external networks.

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.

Linda McCall
Health Coach | Dream Life Coaching | Startup Coach

Linda McCall is an Australian Entrepreneur, Digital Nomad & Specialist Mindset Coach who helps people transition into new careers easily.  She assists entrepreneurs embarking on the startup journey to align their true passions and values, to achieve more focused, effective goals and outcomes toward creating a new direction in their lives and business.

Linda grew up in the Australian Outback, joined the Australian Airforce, and became an international flight attendant with Qantas and later a corporate flight attendant for the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia.  She has worked as a coach in Hong Kong and has been profiled in international media around the world.  With a social media following more than 40,000 Linda is internationally recognised & qualified in NLP and Mindset Coaching & Training.

Linda has motorcycled solo across the USA and has circumnavigated Australia on a motorcycle.  She is qualified as a recreational pilot and has flown hot air balloons in various countries around the world.

Together with 25 years’ experience in Customer Excellence, Linda has exceptional growth skills behind her, which she can pass on to her clients to enhance and develop the micro touch points in business expansion.

Linda lives her inspired dreams and assists companies and entrepreneurs in creating theirs, with strategies and mindset skills, effective goals and reaching high-performance levels in new areas.

Recently she has assisted Startups around Australia in
Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and Perth.

Rahel Clarke
Founder & Principal Lawyer at Miller Street Law

For nearly a decade Rahel has worked as a solicitor in the UK as well as here in Australia. Rahel assists in a wide variety of small to medium businesses in a range of areas including wills and estates, conveyancing, rural property, business transactions, leasing and general commercial law.

Sebastian Cerone
Founder, LESS Industries

Sebastian is an electro mechanical technician and has studied electronic engineering at the University of Buenos Aires. He has experience in designing embedded devices, mostly in hardware design and manufacturing process. He has been working in the last 10 years turning ideas into products.Sebastian is the creator of the Robotics Day, the largest robotics event in Latin America where more than 10,000 people attended. Currently, Sebastian is the COO and co-founder at LESS Industries, a multinational company which provides IoT solutions for the agriculture industry.

Tom Corpe
Business Strategist, Ulton

Tom has over 8 years of business growth and development experience, spanning a number of industries as well as commercial project management experience. Prior to his appointment at Ulton, Tom was the Senior Business Analysis Strategy advising executive committees on all aspects of business development and corporate strategy.

As one of Ulton's Business Strategists, Tom advises clients on a number of complex areas within their businesses including; reallocation of business resources, identifying business development opportunities, developing strategic capabilities, developing procedural knowledge and procedures and defining management structures. Tom has the ability to see weaknesses and opportunities with businesses and can help our clients build profitable businesses.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Luke
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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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