Startup Weekend Women Toowoomba

    Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

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Startup Weekend Women Toowoomba

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Canvas Coworking
625 Ruthven Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350

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Are you ready for Startup?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you are from, Startup Weekend Women is designed as a 3 day event that brings together:
▪️ aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
▪️ developers and other tech-related professionals,
▪️ designers across all mediums,
▪️ anyone with talents/skills/experience in business, sales, finance, legal, health, wellness, mindfulness
▪️ students from universities and even high schools,
▪️ professionals looking to a careers switch,
▪️ lifelong learners
or maybe someone that doesn't tick any of those and just wants a weekend giving back to the community!

🚀 Startup Weekend, powered by Google For Entrepreneurs,​ is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are developing the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. This 54-hour event is specifically designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Let's start with Friday and a night of networking, pitches and team building. Then the energy really ramps up on Saturday  as we continue the brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation. To enhance your team we have also curated a rockstar team of mentors to coach and support you on the adventure. Sunday  brings the culmination of all your hard work and energy as the projects come to life and are presented to the lie judging panel, plus we'll finish off with a celebratory cocktail party.

💡 Startup weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

🏆 Our goal is to encourage and inspire more female leaders in in the world and to connect more women to the vast number of resources and mentors available in our startup community. That's why we want you to be part of this weekend and join some of the most passionate, talented and entrepreneurial-minded women across our community!

👨 Are males allowed to attend? YES! Males are certainly invited, however there are a limited number of tickets and official positions available and will be snapped up quickly. We also have complimentary babysitting available right across the weekend, so be sure to take advantage. 

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Friday September 14th

4:00 pm
Child Minding opens
Meet our sitters and get your little ones settled

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:15 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

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 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 September 15th

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Start validating the idea and developing a prototype

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

6:30 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 September 16th

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Start of day check-in, status reports, ask for help

9:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Tidy Up
Pack up workspaces and prepare for Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Celebration Dinner
Eat food, share stories and celebrate all that your team accomplished!

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Organizing Team

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

  • Andrea
  • Joy
  • Amie


Joy Taylor

Coworking Community Manager ⌘ Lean Startup Coach ⌘ Airbnb Advocate ⌘ Startup Weekend Facilitator ⌘ CoderDojo Champion.
This is Joy's 12th Startup Weekend, having been a participant in 2, an organiser of 7 and a facilitator of 2. Joy focuses on keeping everyone on track, aware of what they have access to and making sure no one gets left behind!

Event Staff

Kym Breeze
Sponsorship Coordinator

Hipster & Canvas Coworking Member, Startup winner Nov. 2017, Co-founder of CoconnectHER, Small Business mentor/trainer. Visual Artist @ Crea8ive. I am colourful, Crea8ive and enjoy inspiring people of all ages to create the changes they need to follow their passions.

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.

Leisa Clark
Mentors & Judges Coordinator

Leisa Clark owns Retrohex a Graphic and Web Design Studio.  She has a passion for making products and services more user friendly through design. She believes that the right design has the power to draw your target customer in.  She is very involved in the startup and innovative communities and has a real passion to help startups with their branding and web design. You will find Leisa at all good co-working spaces, food truck stops, and startup weekends.

Susannah Birch
Social Media

Freelance journalist, copywriter, growth hacker and digital marketer with a love of SEO and online traffic generation.

Rachel Turney
Social Media


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