Go.Park wins Townsville Startup Weekend: Team Spotlight

12/02/2015 | By david@davidjb.com

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co

Parking is a huge problem.  Within Australia, there are over 1.3 million registered boats and caravans, and 16% of occupied homes have more than 3 cars registered. Our cities are growing and getting denser and traditional places to store vehicles are becoming costly and scarce. The solution is Go.Park, turning unused yard space into car park cash!

Go.Park was awarded first place at Townsville Startup Weekend 2015, narrowly edging out the competition, and landing prizes of consultancy, business structuring and a well-deserved social outing!  Here's what Tim Vlastuin, co-founder and pitcher of the original idea, had to say on the experience of the Weekend:

Talking to John, one of the event organisers, about finding a network of support for my own ventures say him hurriedly telling me about Townsville Startup Weekend. Soon enough at one of the pitching nights I’m thrown into the deep end -- but at the same time instantly a part of the welcoming local startup community.

Showing up on the Friday night with a startup pitch ready, everyone rapidly started talking to each other,  eager to find out what was in store for us. Startup ideas were pitched and entrepreneurs grew even closer thereafter, forming teams around the ideas they liked the most.

Tim/Zoe: Townsville Startup Weekend 2015

I pitched ‘Breeze Storage & Parking’, a take on ‘Air Bed & Breakfast’ for storage/parking, and soon enough I found myself surrounded by Zoe, Casey, Elise, Ripan and Jason. All of us were ready to put effort towards the building on the idea over the weekend.

Saturday morning we were straight into action: brainstorming, discussing, chatting, writing down our brainstorming, and then discussing it all. Just when we thought we had it figured, another highly experienced mentor sat down, joined in with the conversation and approached our startup idea from a different (and better!) angle from which we restarted our constructive discussions.

We were quickly encouraged to get talking to our potential customers and we're so glad we did!  We quickly pivoted away from peer-to-peer storage and focused on parking, creating Go.Park. After conducting a second survey, we were confident that our parking service would work, and we jumped into the website design and concentrated on creating a comprehensive, attention-grabbing pitch for the following day.

Townsville Startup Weekend 2015: GoPark screenshot

A very special mention goes to Casey because of his effort, working through the night putting our web platform together!

Sunday was about creating a 5 minute pitch for Go.Park along with an example of the service. The team chopped and changed the presentation through repeated practice. Before we could think too much about it we were presenting and enjoying the attention we received from such a receptive audience.  Do you have trouble finding car parks at major events? Go.Park!

Townsville Startup Weekend 2015 Judges Townsville Startup Weekend 2015: Go Park

Thanks so much to all the organisers; you clearly put in a lot of effort and made a fantastic event that everyone enjoyed immensely. My perspective saw David in particular needing to be acknowledged, so well done & cheers.

Mentors were terrific, knowledgeable and, best of all, accessible. I feel the input from all of these experienced people made the event a great success. The weekend broke through so many barriers I’ve experienced in the past when trying to simply bounce thoughts off people. You’ve all given me a lot of confidence with my own ability and added more fuel to my fire. Thanks so much for your time.

From here the Go.Park team is going to enjoy dinner together away from the frantic atmosphere of the Townsville Startup Weekend. We’ll be talking about our options moving forward, discussing what a glorious marketing strategy could be. Sounds like some more brainstorming.

Tim Vlastuin

All the best in your endeavours!  We're stoked to have helped kick start your journey!