Startup Weekend Tablelands - Rural Innovation

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015


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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Tablelands - Rural Innovation

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015



Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Destiny Cafe
49-57 Loder Street
Atherton, QLD 4883

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Ideas are worthless..execution is priceless! Innovate ; Build networks ; Date a co-founder ; Burnout your mind ; Launch a business in 54 h

If you have a creative idea, business skills to boot or know a thing or two about tech and you’re willing invest 54 hours of your time and energy - then look no further! Startup Weekend in coming to the Tablelands and we need you!

If you’re not sure how to develop your startup concept or innovations, test your market, or how to access funds to turn your ideas into reality then you should register now to join like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators at the inaugural Startup Weekend Tablelands where you’ll work with a new team to learn how achieve all of this by building practical skills for 21st century business potential.  Your idea could walk away with as much as 200 hours of (wo)man power invested in it, in just one weekend.


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 1st


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:05 pm
Welcome
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Steve Baxter - Keynote


8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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.


11:55 pm
Cafe lights out
The cafe lights will go out.

Saturday May 2nd


7:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Morning muster
A quick roundup of what's been happening since forming teams and a breakdown of what to expect next. We will need to know what teams are going ahead with at least 2 founders.


9:00 am
Creating a MVP
Troy from theSpace and QLD Innovation Champion will discuss what your minimum VALUABLE product is and go through creating a business model canvas.


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:45 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


1:00 pm
Customer Validation
Do people really value your idea? Learn how to validate your idea, before you invest heavily in it. Alistair will examine getting out of the building and doing real product-market research to see if people are really interested in what you are working on.


5:00 pm
The Perfect 5-min pitch
The Judges on Shark Tank Australia rated Tracey's pitch the best ever! What goes into your perfect pitch?


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:15 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


9:30 pm
Wrap up
The official program is done for the day but it's time to continue working on your mvp, value proposition, market interest and layout your pitch


11:55 pm
Cafe lights out
The cafe lights will go out.

Sunday May 3rd


7:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Morning muster
A quick roundup of what's been happening since forming teams and a breakdown of what to expect next. Also coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


10:00 am
Product to Company
You've figured out your value prop, you've got a great product under development. Now what? How can you develop a roadmap to build a company?


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Keep talking to the coaches, mentors and the rest of the SW Team


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


5:00 pm
Evening Nibbles


6:00 pm
Final Presentations
STRICTLY 5 mins for the pitch and 3 minutes of questions by the judges only.


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Thank you
We hope to see you at the next Startup Weekend Tablelands and at all the events in-between.



Speakers


Steve Baxter
Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia

Tech start-up multi-millionaire Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. 

He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became an engineer working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home.Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.In the past three years he has become a major early-stage investor in Australian start-ups, helping to launch a host of companies which together boast a valuation of more than $100 million.

Three years ago, Steve launched River City Labs in Brisbane, a leading co-working community to encourage entrepreneurs in Queensland.

In 2013 he co-founded Right Pedal Studios, a mobile gaming accelerator, and StartupAUS an advocacy group for Australian tech startups.

In 2015, Steve joined SharkTankAU as one of the 5 "Shark" investors. 



Ben Richardson
Co-founder of Future Assembly & AUStartups

Ben Richardson is a graduate Aerospace Engineer, self taught full-stack web developer, and obsessive startup maker. Ben currently heads up a team within PwC that builds self-sufficent startups that disrupts the firm from within. Outside of work, Ben is a co-founder of Future Assembly (http://futureassembly.io) and AUStartups (http://austartups.com). Find out more at http://linkedin.com/in/benrichardsonvc.


Tracey Beikoff
Founder

Tracey Beikoff is a proud Mareeba local and recent survivor of Channel 10’s hit entrepreneur show Shark Tank.  Dubbed ‘pitch perfect’, Tracey floored the Sharks during her presentation and walked away with a new mentor and $220k in her pocket to grow her Rescue Swag business.  Tracey’s idea was formed 3 years ago and early on, was nurtured through involvement in similar innovative forums at the time, led by visionary Christine Doan.  Spring-boarding from the inspiration and guidance she received, Tracey was encouraged to develop the product and to apply for the Tropical Innovation Awards that year, where the initial prototype won ‘Emerging Innovation’.   From these beginnings, the Rescue Swag has now triumphed on the set of Shark Tank, entering a new league of business and now looking to international markets.  However, Tracey aims to operate the business from Mareeba, with strategic warehouse and shipping channels in place.  Having lived on the Tablelands for 26 years, Tracey’s pride in her community is evident and she hopes to share insights into her journey with local entrepreneurs.



Donna Patane
Senior Associate

Donna Patane is a Senior Associate and a member of the MacDonnells Law state-wide Commercial team practising in intellectual property, commercial and property law. Donna’s practice involves advising clients on a wide range of matters including trade marks and intellectual property, information technology, franchising and management rights matters, residential and commercial conveyancing, business transactions, business structuring, corporate advisory, body corporate law and leasing.


Troy Haines
Director, Startup & Innovation Coach

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators and connects them to skills and resources. theSPACE is based in Cairns and features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of four entrepreneurial startups and one successful exit, Troy coaches entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting.


Alistair Hart
Managing Director Mangoesmapping & Global Evangelist for Mappt.

Alistair first explored his entrepreneurial roots as an 8 year old, picking field mushrooms on the family sheep farm and selling them to passing vehicles on nearby Highway One. After a successful exit (enough $ for a few showbags), he went on to establish his first regular business as a gardener/handyboy as a twelve year old - a pursuit from which he derived a real income on leaving school.
Alistair recently launched his own company, Mangoesmapping, based here in Far North Queensland and is also the Global Evangelist for Mappt, a disruptive Australian mapping app for Android tablets. Mappt is owned by Takor Group which is soon to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.
Currently managing his own company, Mangoesmapping, Alistair enjoys combining the cut and thrust of business with exploring customer insight, and is intrigued by transformative innovation, disruptive business models and all the opportunities offered in this digital era.

Event Judges


Stewart Christie
Director

Stewart is one of 25 accredited Blue Economy Experts globally.  He established Possible People in 2013 to support businesses and communities design new business models and economies to create more business opportunities, value and jobs by using what is available locally to build stronger, healthier and more
resilient businesses and communities.

Before initiating Possible People, Stewart Christie was the CEO of Advance Cairns, a not for profit regional development organisation in Tropical North Queensland (TNQ). Prior to that he spent 16 years with Arup, a leading global multi-disciplinary planning, design and management consultancy planning, leading and delivering projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.  He was also responsible for leading the growth of the Arup Cairns Office by 250% in 5 years whilst offices in Darwin, Port Moresby and Canberra were closed.


Dr Geradine McGuire

Dr Geraldine McGuire has specialised in working on complex projects which balance economic, environmental and social aspects to find sustainable solutions. With over 20 years of industry experience, Geraldine has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, community development, environmental management, auditing, impact assessment, gender analysis, and workshop facilitation involving large teams of professionals, contractors and Indigenous peoples. She liaises regularly with community groups, private companies, government representatives and non-government organisations throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific. She is a strong supporter and advocate for entrepreneurs and innovators in the Tablelands region and is particularly passionate about the Southern Tablelands.


Rob Watkins
Founder

Turning passion into a profession is a dream for many, but for Natural
Evolution Founder and Director Robert Watkins that is exactly what he has
done. As a second generation farmer Robert has developed a world first
processing factory that turns primarily waste green bananas into a high
value and supreme nutritional food source. Rob has also received accolades
for his other innovations such as Banana Blankey (a fully recyclable banana
packaging system) and his other world first a Banana Bunch Harvester. Robs
dedication and pioneering of green banana flour is set to change the banana
industry where bananas are now being grown strictly for flour processing
where ultimate nutrition is priority.


Coaches and Mentors


Troy Haines
Director, Startup & Innovation Coach

Troy is the founder of theSPACE, a Startup & Innovation hub which brings together budding entrepreneurs and innovators and connects them to skills and resources. theSPACE is based in Cairns and features a Coworking space, meeting rooms, coaching/mentoring and capital raising.

The founder of four entrepreneurial startups and one successful exit, Troy coaches entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting.


Christine Doan

Christine Doan. In an entrepreneurial life driven by purpose, Christine has tackled all of her campaigns with gusto, adopting an approach, which is alternative, sustainable, innovative, and just plain different.  The causes may have looked disparate, such as  what links riding a horse at the Olympics and building up a multiple bottom line property development?  In wildly different disciplines, she consistently faces the future seeking to uncover where it is leading and has always been willing to stand out from the crowd and point the way. A personal mission is to be part of creating a Tablelands which thrives economically without sacrificing its exquisite environment and cohesive communities.  She sees that the 21st century offers new business-based avenues to achieve that goal by incorporating purpose, design and technology. Christine promotes Start Up Weekends as one of  the bootcamps to shape the apprentices who will build that vision along with her and other innovative, entrepreneurial spirits collaborating for a vibrant Tablelands.


Michael Lawrence

Michael is a Principal Consultant at Inspire Business Consulting.  He specialises in the provision of ongoing strategic analysis and support, providing both the expertise and the opportunity for business owners to adopt a management perspective in their business, supporting them with analysis and experience to ensure their goals are achieved.



George Chandeep Corea
Consultant

George Corea has become a startup whore in the last year, winning both Cairns SWT events. He is co-organising this event but will be helping teams that lack hackers and hipsters with free online solutions that will help them put together a stellar pitch.

His experience is in conservation and community development, with a keen eye on disaster response and GIS.

To feed his family and to help people who are tech averse, he runs Get Back 2 Basics. A consultancy in Spatial problem solving, tech enablement (IT, webdesign, digital marketing) and Skilled travel.



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Tablelands - Rural Innovation 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.


Signature Sponsors

TRC is proud to support this initiative which will provide insightful, hands-on experience to help grow our local economy. Council acknowledges the partnership with Atherton Tablelands Chamber of Commerce and Malanda Chamber of Commerce to bring this event to our region.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Bronwyn
    Voyce
  • George
    Chandeep Corea
  • Christine
    Doan
  • Scott
    Fittler
  • Nicole
    van Beuningen

Facilitators


Ben Richardson
Co-founder of Future Assembly & AUStartups

Ben Richardson is a graduate Aerospace Engineer, self taught full-stack web developer, and obsessive startup maker. Ben currently heads up a team within PwC that builds self-sufficent startups that disrupts the firm from within. Outside of work, Ben is a co-founder of Future Assembly (http://futureassembly.io) and AUStartups (http://austartups.com). Find out more at http://linkedin.com/in/benrichardsonvc.


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