Startup Weekend Fashion

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Fashion

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

QUT Creative Industries
Z9 Block, Victoria Park Rd & Musk Ave
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

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New York. Paris. London. Brisbane?

Introducing Australia’s first Startup Weekend Fashion, brought to you by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia Fashion360. In just 54 hours, teams are formed to sketch designs, craft business models, and pitch business ideas to a panel of judges and expert mentors.
Technology and social environmental impacts are quickly changing the way we produce and consume fashion. From recyclable fabrics, to 3D printed jewellery, posture correcting shirts and digital marketplaces. Fashion is no longer a simple needle and thread but extends into our lives in ways we have only just begun to explore.
As the needs of customers continue to evolve, so must brands and retailers if they intend to survive.
If you have ever thought about starting your own clothing label, getting involved in the fashion industry, building a fashion marketplace or solving real-world problems affecting customers and retailers then Startup Weekend Fashion is for you.
We welcome ideas spanning the circular economy, marketplaces, e-commerce, design, niche markets, supply chains, smart-textiles, digital fabrication, 3D printing, retail technology, and sustainability. 

What you'll get
  • The opportunity to pitch in front of top founders and fashion industry members
  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend
  • Startup Weekend Fashion satchel
  • A network of like minded people
  • The chance to win some great prizes
  • An awesome portfolio mention as having participated in Australia's first startup fashion weekend.
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour weekend event, that allows for fashion lovers, designers, developers, marketers, outside thinkers, trendsetters, and those who revel in disruption to pitch business ideas, form teams, and develop a working prototype / demo to present by Sunday evening.
If this sounds of interest to you, please join us for an unforgettable weekend of ideation, creativity, technology and development.

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Friday November 16th

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 November 17th

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 November 18th

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!

Event Judges

Jonathan Ward
Executive Designer

Jonathan Ward is one of Australia’s most prominent designers and is recognised for his innovation, creativity & vision. He has upheld a longstanding career in the Australian fashion landscape with over three decades in the business. Ward is known for product excellence with a vast design portfolio including women’s couture, ready to wear and lifestyle products. Ward was the Executive Designer at the iconic Australian company, R.M.Williams for 15 years and is currently the creative director of a new lifestyle brand called Shleep. He is an Ambassador and Judge for the Wool4School project for the Woolmark Company. His fashion philosophy is simple: Dress to suit your personality, lifestyle, and occasion.

Organizing Team

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

  • Nicole
  • Philippe
  • Jacqueline
  • Carly

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