Startup Weekend

    Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020

Friday, February 21 - 23, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Envirotech Education Burleigh Campus
(Friday and Sunday night at Burleigh Surf Club)
Goodwin Terrace
Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

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From Idea to Business 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 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 February 21st

6:30 pm
Arrive at Burleigh Heads Surf Club 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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive at Envirotech Education, Burleigh Arcade, reconnect with your team and enjoy a 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 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive at Envirotech Education, Burleigh Arcade, reconnect with your team and enjoy a 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
Teams move to Burleigh Heads Surf Club for dinner and final pitches.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Dan Swan
CEO & Founder @ RealAR (Techstars Proptech '19)

I've been involved with tech start-ups across, North America, EMEA and Australia. I launched my first startup straight out of University/College which resulted in a series of retail-tech acquisitions (WebTrak>Retek>Oracle Inc.) including an IPO on the NASDAQ and eventually became part of Oracle Retail. I then moved to Australia, completed a MSc Masters Degree and built an award winning career in digital marketing and media-tech. My corporate career developed to a senior executive responsible for $1M+ tier one enterprise media platforms and $10M+ revenue targets. I moved back to what I love - tech startups - and for the last decade been involved as a founder, investor and mentor with Australian startup communities in Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Right now my #1 focus is as CEO Co-founder of RealAR Augmented Real Estate. I also have a PhD in Innovation & Data Visualization.

Event Judges

Stephen Dalton
Engineer, Entrepreneur & Technology Mentor

Steve is an Engineer, Entrepreneur & Technology Mentor with a broad knowledge-base. His current business focus is around Clean Energy, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) & InsurTech.   His company, Refactor, is a successful Gold Coast based Cloud, IoT (Internet of Things) & Electronics consulting firm with a diverse list of clients in many locations.

Refactor has spun out a number of startups including which builds low-power & secluded IoT sensors, and more recently, Mirma, a platform for aggregating electricity demand in residential property.  

In 2011, Steve also founded Gold Coast TechSpace, a volunteer-based community-driven Hacker/Maker Space. He is a passionate Gold Coast local, and has worked tirelessly to help develop the local ecosystem, but is also a strong advocate for Gold Coasters thinking big and getting out of their own backyard!  

Steve is currently co-facilitator of the QLD Government funded Startup OnRamp program running out of GCHub on Tuesday evenings. He is a passionate believer in The Gold Coast as a startup hub and congratulates all Startup Weekend participants for taking their first step in the journey!

Danny Maher
CEO Opmantek, Chairman GC Hub

CEO of Opmantek and chairman of the Gold Coast Innovation hub.  Opmantek is the world's leading open source network management software company. Over 130,000 organisations use Opmantek products globally. Every 6 minutes a new organisation implements an Opmantek product.

Danny is also an a
ngel investor, board member of public and private companies, and has 25 years in the IT industry, 2 years government, 2 years enterprise/banking, 9 years IT services companies, and 12 years in software companies.

Eleanor Carey
Cofounder, The Generator

Adventurer, speaker and author, Eleanor is passionate about helping others reach their full potential. Eleanor is cofounder of the Generator in Bundaberg is coordinator of the Bundaberg Startup Weekend.

Coaches and Mentors

Kane Sajdak

Kane Sajdak is a passionate business and technology expert, and cofounder of the multi-award winning IT firm, BITS Technology Group. Through his drive to improve businesses through smart technology choice, and ensuring that the “people” element of technology is at the forefront of every engagement, BITS Technology Group has grown to include national and international office, and work with some of Australia’s leading organisations. Kane has an extensive career in IT, and most recently has been crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the second year in a row.

Hank Kingman

Hank has held leadership roles at the forefront of commercial development in Media in Australia and the UK.With a foundation in business development, advertising solutions, marketing, consumer research and analysis he has worked with start up national broadcasters in free to air and Pay TV, in direct marketing, news publishing, search marketing and began Fairfax Media’s early transition to a digital enterprise. Hank has contributed to the transformation of major media businesses in to multi platform digital concerns, run cinema JVs internationally, advised on the start up of a premium member car club, an investment business tailored to women and been the co founder of Australian beverages brand – Nudie. drinks.

Jason Atkins

Jason is CEO of Cake. Cake is a SAAS Fintech that helps businesses issue and manage their capital like a pro, without being a finance wizard. Jason has founded several businesses from the Gold Coast, and has a strong understanding of many startup disciplines on the business side of things – don’t expect too much technical advice! Jason is an ex-CFO and corporate finance manager and has worked across many sectors, from starts and SME to private equity and multinationals in Europe.

Anastasha Deyour

Anastasha Grace is a Co-Founder of Fall in Love with Sales, Confidence and Performance Coach, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner and Behavioural Specialist. An entrepreneur and business owner for over 15 years, Anastasha holds multiple degrees in business, communication, financial management from Universities in the United States, Australia, and Russia. Establishing her first business at 26 she quickly expanded it a multi-million dollar business, later moving to Australia and launching multiple businesses in wholesale, hospitality and e-commerce. Driven by her love of behavioural sciences Anastasha spent many years studying psychology, psychosomatics, the power of the mind and energy healing. Now she combines the knowledge in hypnotherapy, NLP, kinesiology, and the Spiral (proven techniques that merge psychological and neurological sciences) to help her clients to achieve new levels of self-confidence and authenticity in your life.As a transformation mentor, confidence and performance coach she assists her clients to reduce stress levels, increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence; to be a better leader by changing old patterns and unsupportive beliefs that weigh them down.

Ksenia Demidova
Regional Coordinator, Gold Coast Innovation Hub

Ksenia’s strong creative background makes for an innovative thinker and holds a high regard for branding excellence and intelligent marketing. After building her own marketing agency which consulted, partnered and achieved multi-million dollar results for her clients Ksenia realised after several years that her passion was in helping start-up companies grow from concept to market execution and strategy. 
Ksenia later started consulting to a technology innovation organisation, and now currently holds a position with Gold Coast Innovation Hub that enables entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to achieve stronger commercial outcomes, more international exposure, better access to funding and venture capital and closer collaboration with government organisations. Its key strengths are in funding, growth strategy and mentoring for start-up technology companies. 

Conrad Hine
Envirotech Innovation Lab Manager

Originally beginning my career as a mechanical engineer for a multinational engineering construction consultancy, I quickly decided to make a switch to pursue my interests in business by completing a Masters of Business focusing on entrepreneurship. After working for some Brisbane based start-ups as a Business Development Manager I followed my passion around sustainability to work in the marketing and sales department in the Brisbane office of Tesla Motors. I have since entered into the education industry focusing on teaching business and innovation through project based learning and enjoy all things design, technology, innovation and education related.

Darren Rogan

Darren is a lean advocate, a startup techie with high scale aspirations, and strives for continuous improvement. He is a mentor at iLab Accelerator and River City Labs Accelerator and one of the co-hosts of startup/technology-based podcast Hack and Heckle (

Ken Kramme

Ken has successfully planned, implemented and sold a variety of start-ups including those dealing with software, property development, Internet-related and professional services.  This has included raising funding, mezzanine finance and sale.  He brings the learnings from these personal experiences and successes to all mentoring activities. He also is currently providing mentoring and start-up support for clients including one that is rolling out an innovative software product into Australia and including a Silicon Valley company that is entering the Australian market with a clever platform that improves the branding and marketing of companies. 

Timothy Hui
Investment Analyst & Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Timothy is driven by community, helping entrepreneurs grow and startups build capacity. Timothy is the Founding Executive of QUT Starters – a Queensland University of Technology student society that worked towards fostering entrepreneurship, he later became the Director of Startup Hatch - a student pre-accelerator program turning them from observers into achievers. Tim is a graduate from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Engineering (Medical). As a result, he approaches every business with a deeply analytical assessment and commercial viability in mind. Tim is now Investment Analyst and Programs Coordinator at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. He was instrumental to establishing and operations of Collider Accelerator, and splits his time with CEA’s investment fund. Tim is an experienced Startup Weekend and hackathon organiser and participant. He is a regular facilitator in startup methodologies, growth marketing, and MBA guest lecturer in venture capital. 

Yuval Refaeli
Senior Product Manager

Product Management expert. Defined and led to release a number of innovative products, and managed the product through phases of critical evolution. Communicated between customers, marketing, sales and R&D to create the product requirements and definitions. Vast experience with the Japanese market. Strong ability in UX/GUI design and definition.
Heading towards a career as an independent Product Management consultant.

Specialties: UX-driven Product Management, product planning, Product definitions, GUI definitions and design, Multi-platform products (Desktop, Web, Mobile)

Greg Lee
Senior Advisor

Greg has nearly 20 years’ experience in providing innovators, the research sector, start-ups and
organisations with commercialisation advice and strategies to take their ideas to market. Greg
developed the Ideas2Market Commercialisation Program for the Queensland Government’s
BioIndustries Taskforce to support the growth of Queensland’s biotechnology industry by assisting
researchers to commercialise their intellectual property.
In his role as Manager, Tax and Legal Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Greg assisted companies in
maximising their Research and Development Tax Incentive claims, developing business models and
business plans to for capital raising and funding applications.
Prior to joining GHD, Greg worked in two Australian Research Council funded research centres, the
Australian Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers and The Australian Centre for Robotic
Vision in establishing research projects with the private sector. This included negotiating contracts
and intellectual property ownership and licenses.
Recently Greg has been working in GHD’s Mentoring for Innovation program in partnership with the
Queensland Department of State Development in providing commercialisation advice on new
ventures developed by a number of Queensland businesses. This includes analysing their current
commercialisation position and providing recommendations as to how they should progress their
ideas to achieve a successful commercial outcome.
Greg is currently GHD Digital’s Queensland Innovation, commercialisation and new venture creation

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend 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

  • Summer
  • Sharon
  • Troy
  • Brianna


Sharon Hunneybell

Sharon Hunneybell is the CEO of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub and is a well known innovation leader in Australia.  Sharon is a highly awarded technology executive and is named an ‘Innovation Champion’ by the Australian Government.  

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