Startup Weekend Women Outback Edition

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Women Outback Edition

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Longreach Student Hostel
9 Pelican St
Longreach, QLD 4730

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Ready to start a business? Join us in the Outback!

Join us Feb 9-11, 2018 in Australia's Outback to learn the steps to launch a business in just a weekend.

Come with:
  • A desire to learn quick steps to start a business
  • Optional: bring your own idea to share and work with a team
  • Join a team of like-minded problem solvers and innovators 

We'll provide:
  • Engaging atmosphere where you can learn quickly
  • All food, snacks and drinks
  • Fast internet
  • Coaches and experienced mentors to help you move quickly and build contacts
  • Lodging (optional, just let us know and we'll help sort accommodation options)
  • Group transportation/stipend options from outside of Longreach, Queensland

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Friday February 9th

6:30 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 February 10th

9:00 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

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

Sunday February 11th

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

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

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Joanna Greenlees
Chief Information Officer

Jo is an experienced entrepreneur with qualifications in Science, Law and Commerce. She has been a part of accelerators in Australia and has built an award winning social enterprise that helps low income households reduce energy use. She is working on Zentivo to streamline the claims process for insurers.

Nikki Durkin

Nikki Durkin started her first successful online business at 15, and at 18 she started 99dresses - an online fashion trading platform for women. During her journey she was accepted into Y Combinator, raised money from prominent Silicon Valley investors, moved to New York City from Australia, and experienced a myriad of startup successes and failures. After 99dresses, Nikki moved back to Australia to found CodeMakers - an online coding school for kids.

Benjamin Bryant
Founder, ConferenceApe

Benjamin Bryant was the founding marketer at Pebble Smartwatch and responsible for Pebble's record breaking 20M USD Kickstarter campaign. Benjamin was a co-founder of Y-Combinator backed Earbits Radio, and holds academic degrees in Computer Science, Film and Finance.

Organizing Team

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

  • Fleur
  • Kristine
  • Daniel


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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