Startup Weekend Brisbane #SWBNE15

    Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015

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Startup Weekend Brisbane #SWBNE15

Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

River City Labs

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Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk.

This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground.

Startup Weekend is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice.
What can you expect?
Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (determined by popular vote). Then, it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
The weekend wraps up with teams presenting their startup to local entrepreneurial leaders with an opportunity for critical feedback.It’s not about the prize but it helps.
What they say:
Startup weekend gives you the valuable insight into how to make an idea succeed or fail fast, as Molly Taylor, Managing Director, Code Heroes and Startup Weekend attendee, explains:“The most beneficial part of the weekend for me was getting to sit down and talk to some great mentors. They provided advice from technical to monetisation, and shared their experiences of being in a startup, the lows, the highs and the pitfalls along the way. I came away from the weekend with renewed energy and purpose to work on my ideas.”
What are you waiting for? Found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5. You are guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. Put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

About Startup Weekend:
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Friday July 10th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and 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 July 11th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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 July 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.

Event Judges

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. 

Ian Gardiner

Craig Lambert
Co-founder of Slingshot Investments

Craig is an experienced high tech investor. As National Sales Director of Yahoo Australia Craig helped build Yahoo Australia to become a $50 million business. Craig’s has background includes sports management and owning his own advertising agency. Craig has great contacts, gets brand and is the best pitch doctor around.

Sue Coulter

Sue joined CUA in May 2010 and is responsible for overseeing Information
Technology (IT) and the delivery of the CUA portfolio of strategic
projects. Sue brings with her over 30 years’ experience in financial
services across a broad range of senior management and executive positions
within Australia and the UK. During this time Sue successfully delivered a
number of transformational change programs for HBOS, Bankwest and more
recently CUA.

Sue has also previously managed large scale back office processing
operations as well as digital, product management and strategy development
teams. Having recently implemented the new core banking platform Sue’s
major focus is now on delivering the benefits of the new system, whilst
also leveraging new technology capabilities in areas such as Digital, Cloud
and Big Data to deliver an enhanced experience for CUA customers.

Coaches and Mentors

Peter Laurie
Startup Mentor

Peter is a software engineering professional who focuses on delivery of projects to a high level of quality in an effective, efficient and elegant manner. He has been in the software industry for 17 years.

Peter is an electrical engineer by training, a software engineer by choice, a business analyst by necessity, and a consultant when required. He has a Bachelor Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Computer Engineering, and an MBA that focused on Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Peter runs a small software engineering firm called Junta. Junta focuses most of its energy on developing prototypes and proofs of concepts for people with great ideas or interesting problems.

Aleksandar Svetski

Young entrepreneur with 9yrs experience in business. Aleksandar was a millionaire by the age of 22 with a record earning day of $154k NET profit in a 24hr period. Broke by the age of 24. Went on a sabbatical to the US, came back to Australia & started up one of the fastest growing franchises in Australia's history at between the age of 25 & 26, building 1 shop per week in a single 12wk period. Now working on other projects, in particular, a tech project which will be the focus for 2015 & 2016.

Darren Rogan
Tech Entrepreneur

Darren is a Tech Entrepreneur, repeat Founder, Lean Advocate, a Startup Techie with high scale aspirations and strives for continuous improvement. He has been involved in startups as Founder, early stage Employee and Advisor both Locally and in the US. He is was the Entrepreneur in Residence at iLab and now Mentor and Advisor at iLab. He is also a Mentor at River City Labs and Ipswich Fire Station 101.

Colin Kinner
Startup Ecosystem Builder, Entrepreneur Trainer

Colin is one of Brisbane's startup experts, having worked with several hundred startup teams over two decades. He is founder of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders. He has previously run a startup accelerator, an incubator and an early stage VC fund.

Greg Burnett

Tony Wheeler
Director Imagine CGI / Co-Founder BliiP Global Employability

General advice on:
Building startup team cultures
Building a compelling story
Where to focus your energy

Paul Davies
Business Development Manager QLD at Access Testing

15+ years experience in selling Software, Consulting and IT Services to a wide range of Enterprises and Government clients.
For the past two years I have also been a mentor/coach for start-ups and small business at River City Labs to improve their growth.

Simon Horne
Telecommunications Inventor and Entrepreneur

Simon is an International Entrepreneur, Inventor and Australian national
delegate on multimedia communication and regarded as a leading expert on
video conferencing technologies. He has authored a number of patents,
International Standards and holds an MBA and Engineering degree from QUT. He
has spent the last 15 years on the ground founding and growing startups in
Asia, US and Australia. He recently spent time as a tech advisor to a major
Silicon Valley venture capital firm, from which he prototyped and helped
found a now very successful cloud video conferencing startup called With personal on-the-ground hands-on experience in working
and building international startups from the get-go, Simon has a unique
insight into strategies and techniques to be successful on the international

David Harrison
Owner, Mammoth Media

After organising multiplayer video gaming events for several years, David co-founded Mammoth in 2002 to provide commercial gaming services for Telstra, Australia's largest ISP. Since then the company has grown to around 30 staff and has been responsible for developing and managing some of Australia's largest websites, specialising in media and broadband content delivery. David moved to the US in 2013 to expand Mammoth's growing virtual server hosting business. 

Robert Pitt
Associate at Hanrick Curran

Robert has been advising established, emerging and start-up businesses for 18 years.  He understands the intricacies and construction of the business models that form the foundation of successful businesses.  He often presents on a range to topics including financial management, business strategy, and taxation.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Brisbane #SWBNE15 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Aaron Birkby
EIR @ RCL Accelerator

Entrepreneur In Residence at River City Labs Accelerator powered by muru-D.  Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Lakes. Startup Weekend Australia. Weekly tech segment on ABC Coast FM.14 businesses, 4 successful exits.

Sam Birmingham

Senior Startup Coach who is passionate about innovation, tech, education & startups.

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