Startup Weekend Byron Bay and Northern Rivers

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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Startup Weekend Byron Bay and Northern Rivers

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

SAE Campus/StartInno
373/391 Ewingsdale Rd
Byron Bay , NSW 2481

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Turning ideas into startups

Byron Bay is host to Startup Weekend during Global Entrepreneur Week - and participating in the Global Startup Battle!

Join like-minded entrepreneurs, designers and techies to create a startup in 54 hours!

The event

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders allowing another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Read more about what to expect here.

Friday night will kick off at SAE’s Ewingsdale Road Campus with registration, networking and pitches.  On Saturday teams will work together at StartInno’s co-working space on the Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate and return to the auditorium at SAE on Sunday afternoon for final pitches and judging.

Meals, food and great coffee will be provided all weekend.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global organisation that supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market.  Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 100,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer Organisers and more than 100 trained facilitators spanning more than 400 cities in more than 100 countries.  Startup Weekend is one of Techstars Community Programs and is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs and other corporate partners.  For more information visit

What is Global Startup Battle?

Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other Techstars Community Programs programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition.  Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.


Friday November 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at SAE campus (373/391 Ewingsdale Rd) and get checked in

7:00 pm
Nibbles & 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 21st

9:00 am
Arrive at StartInno's coworking space (4/8 Banksia Dr), 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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive at StartInno's coworking space (4/8 Banksia Dr), simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Pitch 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
Move to SAE
Head back to SAE for nibble, drinks and final pitch!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Chau Duncan

Leader & mentor passionate about people, businesses and communities.  Chau has assisted private businesses, governments, NFPs & communities in the areas of strategic planning, relationship management, marketing & promotions, renewable energy, and finance across Australia, NZ, Malaysia, ASEAN and UK. Chau loves working with exceptional people, developing innovative solutions, and building strong sustainable foundations for the future.

Matt Dickinson

Matt is a serial internet entrepreneur, start-up advisor, investor and lifestyle hacker.  He founded The iMega Group in 2005 and grew it to 2 million uniques per day with $30m in revenue in 3 years before selling to a listed company.  He has been dubbed Australia's first "growth hacker".  Matt is a mentor at Startmate and Startinno and is one of Australia's most sought after startup advisors.  He specialises in online growth strategy.  Matt is the co-founder of - a mission driven, distributed startup studio that focuses on Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.

Ric Richardson

Ric is a well known local renowned for his win over Microsoft for patent infringement over his invention of software activation. Ric now is an independent inventor working on how to get rid of passwords but sets aside a morning each week helping inventors and innovators get their ideas going and protected. Of the upcoming event Ric said "StartInno is the first time there has been a real hub in Byron for innovators to share their stories, find support and get access to quality resources. I’ve been trying to get something like this happening for the last two years and Dan was quietly getting it going right under my nose... I was a bit shocked when I first saw what he was up to. I'm looking forward to seeing how far this great initiative can go."

Coaches and Mentors

Rick Slater

Rick founded in 1997, started publishing the content people wanted, became obsessed with search engine optimisation, co-founded more online businesses, got involved with affiliate marketing, saved from a failed JV (lost a business too), got in deep with social media, and most recently has implemented an effective content strategy publishing the content people want.

Paul McKey

Paul is an internationally recognised authority in Business Improvement, Change Management and Learning and Performance.  He specialises in the meeting point of business, technology and people - including change, innovation and creativity, business synergy, digital media, experience design and people development. For 17 years Paul has run Redbean Business Solutions, an ethical and creative management consultancy specialising in innovation and change for startups.

Andrew Crawley

Andrew Crawley is an entrepreneur specialising in digital marketing and online advertising. He co-founded Jack Media, an online advertising company based in Byron Bay in 2011 and has been Jack Media’s Sales Director ever since.

Jan Terkelsen

Jan is an experienced team building expert, coach and personal trainer who has been facilitating and training for more than 18 years.

Angela Ponsford

Angela is at the top of her game when it comes to being across the latest trends and changes in social media. She is passionate about helping business owners make sense of social media so they can use it to grow their business.

Brett Jarman

Brett helps small business owners use advanced strategies to leverage their business so they can focus on what they do best, and earn more while working less. His experience of more than 30 years as an owner of several small service and manufacturing businesses and almost 20 years of consulting has given him the skills to develop innovative approaches. Leverage in small business is about much more than just selling more stuff to more people. That’s part of it but he also shows you but how to leverage: - your time - your expertise - your money - your client base - your technology - your network - and even your competition. He’ll help with the strategies, systems and habits you need to support you in your small business growth. As an Ontraport Certified Consultant, he can also help you automate your small business in ways you wouldn’t have imagined as being possible.

Sonia Friedrich

Sonia is a Mentor and Strategic Consultant. She has a successful career spanning more than 25 years in marketing and advertising. Sonia has worked with 9 Fortune 500 companies, on building brands up to $250 M in Australia and New Zealand. She was the General Manager of the global agency, Grey Healthcare Advertising in Sydney. Today her edge is to share behaviour economic and neuroscience insight into understanding human behaviour and how to apply it for true ROI. She works with start-ups, small business and multinationals. As a mentor she helps people align their personal and professional life to reach their dreams and live all of who they are.

Craig Rochfort

Craig is the founder and Global Creative Director of Jane Fender. In 2015 Jane Fender commenced a partnership with Hollywood icon and director, Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian, etc) and his production company RSA Films. Jane Fender subsequently opened an office in Los Angeles and works with RSA, providing their teams with ideas and innovation across a range of RSA projects. Jane Fender is a global ideas coalition with members active in fashion, brand, music, visual arts and strategic thought. Jane fender provides global on demand consutlancy services to clients who require the very best creative partnerships. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Byron Bay and Northern Rivers 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

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Orren Prunckun

Entrepreneur. Cofounder of Startup Adelaide Inc. Australia Day Citizen of the Year for Unley. Recognised in the "Top 50 Australian Startup Influencers," Australian Anhill's "30 Under 30" and "Mentors you should know in the startup space: Adelaide Edition."

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