Techstars Startup Weekend Bundaberg

    Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

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

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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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.

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 coaches
  • 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 when you feel inspired, click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday September 27th

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Get to 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

11:00 pm
Get some rest
Tomorrow is a long day. Make sure you get some rest.

Saturday September 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:20 am
Get back to work!
Teams are formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Check-in, Coaches Arrive
Quick check in with all teams, introduce first wave of coaches

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!

5:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Last all hands meeting. Some teams will stay and work until 11. Some teams will head home to rest.

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:20 am
Get back to work!

10:00 am
Check-in, Coaches Arrive
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
The big show! Open to the public. Invite your friends, family, coworkers, and all.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Deliberation
Whew! You did it. Enjoy some food while the judges deliberate.

6:30 pm
Awards Ceremony
Announcements, winners, and next steps.

7:00 pm
Finish up, clean-up, and go home.

Event Judges

Trent De Paoli
Director, Austchilli & Avofresh

Trent is the Director of AustChilli Group, a vertically-integrated, family-owned farming business based in Bundaberg, Queensland. AustChilli grows, packs and markets both fresh, processed and value-added products to the domestic and export markets.

Trent is a Food Technologist, Nuffield Scholar, member of the Vegetable Industry Strategic Investment Advisory Panel, and member of the Minister for Agriculture’s Innovation Advisory Panel.

Coaches and 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.

Tracey McPhee
Founder, Alowishus Delicious

Tracey is passionate about nurturing and growing all of the people her efforts touch — from staff to suppliers to customers. She has deep experience in food, hospitality, fundraising, outreach, supply chain management, and sales. 

Tracey was born and raised in Bundy, traveled far and wide, and has brought some of the best things she found back home. Her current venture, Alowishus Delicious is a popular cafe with 2 locations in the centres of Bundaberg and Maryborough, and she has exciting plans to keep growing.

Rebecca Corbett
Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Business Leap & Healthy Entrepreneur

Rebecca is the Entrepreneurship Facilitator for the Wide Bay Region, an Australian Government Initiative. She works with small businesses across many industries to improve growth strategies, profits, and sustainability. Outside the Wide Bay Region, Rebecca serves clients through her business strategy consulting firm, The Healthy Entrepreneur, and helps business owners find clear ways to move their ideas forward and achieve goals.

When Rebecca left the corporate world of the Sunshine Coast to settle in Bundaberg, she brought a conviction that living in a rural town need not have limitations for reaching large business goals.

Rebecca hosts a podcast called Drive with The Healthy Entrepreneur, which can be found on Spotify and her website.

David Lee-Schneider
Digital Marketing Consultant, MT90

David is a marketing guru based in Bundaberg. He works closely with business owners in retail, service, hospitality, and other industries to design and implement strategies which allow businesses to grow rapidly and consistently. 

David's signature program, MT90 (90-Day Marketing Transformation), helps business owners design and implement a tailored, fully automated marketing system for their business in just under three months.

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.

Yasmin Grigaliunas
Co-founder & CEO, The World's Biggest Garage Sale

Yasmin is an entrepreneur of impact, who loves people and has an innate passion to help others - it's her native genius. She loves to win, but more importantly, she loves to see others win. Her mission is to make a difference and create meaningful impact daily.

Having worn many hats throughout her career including sales, business development, manager/leader, project management, training & admin, HR, customer experience, intrepreneur and most recently an entrepreneur, Yasmin has energy levels that are the envy of most. In her spare time, she also competes in Ironman Endurance Events to help burn off energy!

In 2017 she ditched a lucrative salary to commit full-time to her role as CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), a Brisbane based start-up/scale-up, designing solutions to commercialise the circular economy through the activation of dormant goods for good. Via WBGS she wants to provide a platform for positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose on a global level.

Tom Corpe
Business Strategist, Ulton

Tom has over 9 years of business growth and development experience, spanning a number of industries as well as commercial project management experience. Tom has been a Senior Business Analysis Strategist advising executive committees on all aspects of business development and corporate strategy.

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

Arjan Jongkees
General Manager Innovation and Quality, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

Arjan is an R&D Category Leader (R&D Director), experienced working in dynamic, high pressure environments, balancing both short term delivery with long term strategic development.

By placing the consumer at the forefront of design thinking, Arjan ensures a relevant pipeline balanced across innovation, renovation, and cost out. Arjan practices EQ as a social skill set to build strong professional relationships, using these to drive consensus and accelerate progress.

Brendon Croft
Manager, People, Culture & Capability, Best Practice Software

Brendon holds a Masters degree in Business and Commerce (Human Resource Management). He is an experienced people manager and training professional with proven ability to deal with complex people issues and in the implementation of change strategies.Brendon has led and scheduled key projects, these include hotel refurbishment, car-park system, CAT 6 data cabling and hotspot installation, redevelopment of customer loyalty program, staff recognition program and other business related activities.

Dan Wick
Business Development Manager, Vbout

Dan has deep experience in marketing automation and business partnership development. He has worked with marketing agencies and businesses, guiding them to embrace the benefits of marketing automation. He understands how to design and deliver excellent customer support systems with a personal touch. Currently, Dan is working to expose clients to the benefits of Smart Marketing Automation using the Vbout platform.

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

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Bundaberg team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Brett
  • Nathan
  • Damien
  • Andrew
  • Sue-Anne
  • Marcus


Michael Norton
Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael has led over 60 Techstars Startup Weekend events throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. He teaches workshops, designs programs, and speaks on a variety of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Michael has worked professionally in marketing technology startups, with big data, non-profit fundraising, customer support systems design, technical project management, educational program development, event production and decor, iOS app design, video games, user testing, prototyping, and in the coffee industry.

His own past and present business ventures include several SaaS web app platforms, photography, woodworking, printing, audio engineering, video production, musical composition/recording/performance, publishing, art curation, operating an Amazon Pro Merchant storefront, and a funnel cake stand.

Michael guides innovative communities to build and nurture regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He guides corporations through internal innovation and intrapreneurship. 

He frequently works as a freelance business development consultant, crowdfunding guru, technical project manager, and as a marketer — focused on branding, messaging, storytelling, social media, and email marketing.

Michael loves hiking in Yosemite, bicycling around San Diego, eating authentic Baja California Mexican food, and drinking amazing coffee in Seattle.

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