Techstars Startup Weekend Other Fortitude Valley

    Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Other Fortitude Valley

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Arc Hardware Incubator
3/186 Brunswick Street
Entrance off St Pauls Terrace (50 m from intersection with Brunswick St)
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Event guide and schedule HERE -


The Hardware Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. The unique aspect of this event is giving participants the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of cutting-edge prototyping technologies to be able to develop physical products within 54-hours. 

The event will kick off with a networking session followed by a pitching session, a popular voting session and a team creation session, all of which will take place on a Friday afternoon. The assembled teams will then have until Sunday afternoon to research, validate and prototype their ideas before pitching them in front of a panel of judges. During the weekend, a range of mentors will be available to provide ongoing advice and assistance to the teams. Following the final pitches, the best teams will be presented with awards and prizes.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, develop ideas and learn about the startup ecosystem!

Who is it for?

It’s open to anyone and everyone to attend! In the past we have hosted a wide range of participants, including: designers, engineers, developers, coders, business minded individuals (finance, law and marketing), social scientists and experienced professionals. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup world, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas then the Startup weekend is perfect for you.

Check out our last Startup Weekend here!

The Hosts:

Arc is Australia’s first and most advanced Hardware Incubator specifically designed fast-track the development of startups. Arc provides a range of advanced manufacturing and prototyping tools, to enable hackers, hipsters and hustlers to develop their hardware ideas at an accelerated pace. More information at -

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday October 25th

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 October 26th

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 October 27th

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!

Organizing Team

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

  • Victor
  • Gloria
  • Ellie
  • Emilio
  • Corey


Victor Vicario
Founder & CEO - Arc Hardware Incubator

Entrepreneur Victor Vicario’s career has been dedicated to technology innovation for as long
as he can remember. Fully immersing himself within several hardware startups, Victor is also
specialised in intellectual property law, and, in addition to directing technology powerhouse
Vektor Innovation, is currently undertaking his PHD in 3D Printing and Intellectual Property
Law through Queensland University of Technology.
Passionate about the integration of technology in enabling startups to grow, Victor’s vision
through Arc is to provide businesses access to a vast range of machines and equipment, education, hands on training and industry mentorship.
Victor was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2012 and
passionate about the continued transference of knowledge, guest lectures at QUT in
Intellectual Property Protection and Commercialisation.

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