Startup Weekend NextGen

    Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020

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Startup Weekend NextGen

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Gardens Theatre
QUT Gardens Point
2 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

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In just 54 hours, experience the exhilaration of building a startup that could change the world!

Delivered by QUT Entrepreneurship and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia.

Startup Weekend NextGen will empower you to create the future you want to live in. It’s about embracing technology and innovation, and tackling global challenges with creativity, agility, resilience and empathy.  

You are the Next Gen and the future is…


Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward entrepreneurial thinking and making connections while creating a business.  

13 – 15 March 2020
QUT Gardens Point

Realise Opportunity
Embrace Creativity
Build Resilience
Be Courageous

Startup Your Future

Student discounts available


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! 
Startup Weekend NextGen is open to participants 17 years and older.

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Friday March 13th

4:30 pm
Arrive at QUT Gardens Theatre and get checked in

4:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers and facilitators. Please note: following this session we will move venues

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Voting and Networking
Attendees vote for the top pitches and network to see who they may want to team up with

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

10:00 pm
Wrap up
Finished for the day.

Saturday March 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast, start working

9:30 am
Teams Check in
Facilitators check in with teams and provide focus for the day

9:30 am
Workshop 1
Customer discovery and lean startup model

10:00 am
Mentor 1:1
Book in time to speak to selected mentors about your idea and get targeted knowledge and personalised advice

11:00 am
Workshop 2
Lean business model canvas

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Mentor 1:1
Book in time to speak to selected mentors about your idea and get targeted knowledge and personalised advice

2:00 pm
Workshop 3
Rapid Prototyping

5:00 pm
Workshop 4

6:00 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday March 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast, start working

9:00 am
Team Check-In
Facilitators check in with teams and answer questions

10:00 am
Mentor 1:1
Book in time to speak to selected mentors about your idea and get targeted knowledge and personalised advice

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:30 pm
Track Finals
All teams pitch and the top 4 from each track go through to the Final Pitch event

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Pitch Final event
Top 4 teams from each track will pitch to become the weekend's winner! Family and friends can purchase tickets for this event.

8:00 pm
After Party
Celebrate your hard work across the weekend with your new friends and team mates!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend NextGen team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

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

  • Philippe
  • Georgia
  • Eloise
  • May
  • Chani
    De La Warr
  • Graham


Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for the most part of his professional life, where he was active in building the startup ecosystem and running his coworking space The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is on accelerator programs for creative tech startups at Creative Enterprise Australia.

Farah Fauzi
Customer Success

Regional Manager at Techstars

Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem. 

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