Startup Weekend Brisbane Women

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Brisbane Women

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015



Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Blue Sky Funds
111 Eagle St
Brisbane, Qld

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Women. Girl Geeks. Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk.

This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground surrounded by like minded women. 

Startup Weekend women is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals who are hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice. The event is aimed at female participants however men are welcome to participate, mentor and encouraged to get involved.

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.” 

About Startup Weekend Brisbane 
Women:
Women have a unique and fresh take on design, development and creation, which we feel is vital to the growth and evolution of startup companies.
We know that the women of Brisbane are full of creative and entrepreneurial talent, and in a safe environment that inspires risk taking and innovation we know they will create something amazing.
We are a passionate group of female entrepreneurs who decided to come together and design a new experience to welcome and empower creative, talented and curious women.

Startup Weekend Brisbane Women is currently seeking sponsors and volunteers.
Please contact Peta Ellis if you would like to support this event. peta@rivercitylabs.net




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 9th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 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


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


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


9:00 pm
Continue working in teams
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
Venue Closes
Head home, get some rest for tomorrow!

Saturday October 10th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Rebekah Campbell

Rebekah is a serial entrepreneur who has played a lead role in the disruption of two industries. Her company ‘Hey You’ is Australia’s largest mobile ordering and payments platform for cafes. Hey You enables customers to discover and build relationships with storeowners, order and pay via their mobile phones and gain loyalty. The company processes more than 50K transactions per week with 4% weekly growth and recently closed a $5M investment round led by Westpac. 

Rebekah’s first company, Scorpio Music, developed the careers of some of Australia's biggest stars: Evermore, Alex Lloyd, George, Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell. Rebekah collaborated with Warner Music to pioneer new business models that revolutionised the relationship between record company and artist. In 2010, Rebekah launched a technology platform that enabled music fans to earn income by promoting concerts online. The business later sold to Future Music. 

Rebekah is an expert in developing strategies to disrupt and improve the way we do things and then to create the right product and brand to fulfil on the opportunity. She understands how grass roots communities work and how to build momentum so that a product takes off. Rebekah has won the support of high profile investors in Silicon Valley, raising $10 million in venture capital. 

Rebekah is passionate about community building and entrepreneurship. She was instrumental in the creation of large-scale fundraising events such as the Levi’s Life Festival to raise awareness about youth suicide and Make Poverty History in 2006 and serves on the Advisory Board of Kidpreneur. She writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship for the New York Times and regularly contributes to Forbes, Fast Company and BRW.

In Bali, APEC named Rebekah 'Young Women Innovator'. rebekahcampbell.com named #3 best Australian business blog by Smart Company. She is a finalist in the AFR Women of Influence Awards for Innovation.


Lola Weller

Lola has over 20 years’ experience in digital and digital technologies in the public and private sector. 

She was recently a Principal for Deloitte Digital. Prior to that she was the Managing Director for a Brisbane digital agency called Digicon for 17 years which she co-founded in 1996. Deloitte acquired Digicon in 2013 which formed the digital team for Deloitte in Brisbane. It has been a huge success and continues to deliver outstanding results for Deloitte and their clients. She has worked extensively in technology and health care and has been actively involved in the design of corporate web sites, project management, marketing and strategic planning. She is exceptionally skilled and effective at team building and has excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Event Judges


Anna Rooke
Chief Executive Officer, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Anna Rooke is CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), the commercial arm of Australia’s first dedicated Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane. CEA supports creative businesses in the areas of music, film and television, new media and design through creative accelerator programs.

Anna has led the development of a new $1.2 million Creative Enterprise Fund provided by CEA to help Australian creative startups access early stage capital to scale their business venture. CEA’s current investment portfolio includes Fame & Partners, Metaverse Makeovers, Handkrafted and Trademark Vision (See-Out) Pty Ltd.

Anna has worked for over 20 years to support the growth of bioscience, creative, digital and arts-based businesses in the UK and Australia. In her previous role as Director of Science City York, Anna was responsible for the strategic and operational development of the UK’s first National ‘Science City’. During her leadership, this initiative created over 2,700 new employment opportunities and over 70 startup companies in creative, digital and bioscience sectors.

Anna has served on a number of steering committees and boards in UK and Australia responsible for innovation and creative industries. She established Creative3 in 2010 in response to the challenges facing the creative industries sector in Australia. During her role at CEA, she has been engaged as an advisor to creative industries projects in Europe, Indonesia, China and Taiwan.



Rene Chappel
Strategy Manager at Suncorp

Rene leads a Strategy team in Suncorp’s Corporate Shared Services division. Her primary responsibility is to develop, communicate and execute a Corporate Shared Services strategy. Inclusive of this is driving an innovation hub, instilling new ideas, methods and products that are customer focused, back into teams in Suncorp. 

Rene works with internal and external management to identify and drive opportunities. Rene has a proven delivery and leadership record through working in multiple roles learning skills such as strategy, business management, leadership, training, analysis, marketing, software testing, and project delivery. 

Rene’s career has been 12 years in Information Technology, with the move to strategy as a natural progression from all the skills Rene has acquired. 

Rene started as a manager of an e-Commerce website at Bartercard International, to a website administrator for APN News and Media to a software test analyst, an quality coach, a manager of cross functional software delivery teams and most recently strategy manager at Suncorp. 


Terry Woodcroft
Senior Director, Asset Management at UniQuest

Terry is an experienced Board Director and Chairman with more than twenty-five years international management experience leading product and service businesses from concept formulation through to market entry, profitability and return to shareholders. Her expertise in building technology businesses has been developed in start-ups through to Fortune 500 companies. 

Terry also leads Asset Management for UniQuest driving a portfolio of over 70 start-ups through to major capital raising and product launch milestones, and exit with significant returns to stakeholders.


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.


Aysegul Kayahan
Global Chair of Chapter Leads at The Forum for Expatriate Management

Aysegul Kayahan is an experienced company director and global mobility professional who has been investing in technology startups with Brisbane Angels Group since 2009. Aysegul has invested in 24 startups (and growing) across a variety of industries and is currently on the board of Five Faces (her first angel investment), Brisbane Angels Group and on the Advisory Board of ProcessPA. Aysegul believes the future success and sustainability of the Australian way of life is dependent on robust and globally scalable science and technology businesses. As part of her commitment to the startup community, Aysegul invests in startups (as part of Brisbane Angels) and mentors startups through the various accelerators located in Brisbane.

Aysegul has a couple of day jobs, running her business Relocation Specialists was well as the Australian Chapters of The Forum for Expatriate Management and chairing the global chapters of the community. Aysegul has been in the relocation and global mobility industry as an owner and manager since 1993.



Coaches and Mentors


Kaisu Christie
Head of Digital and Innovation at Bank of Queensland

Kaisu is Head of Digital and Innovation at Bank of Queensland, and responsible for defining and delivering the digitally enabled business strategy. and driving innovation culture and execution for the BOQ Group.
 
Kaisu is a strong technology business executive with over 20 years’ experience working globally for blue chip companies  like ING Bank, Nokia, SingTel/Optus, Origin Energy, and Bank of Queensland. Originally trained and worked in hospitality industry, and since then in  information management and business, Kaisu has developed her career moving from technical roles, to management and senior leadership roles – always being entrepreneur at heart having also run her own companies.

Kaisu is passionate about building successful  companies by developing people , and has always been active in coaching  & mentoring the next generation of leaders  and start ups. She is passionate about inclusive diversity, and making  positive change.

Her speciality is delivering transformational change via innovative operational and delivery models and business services.


Estelle Oliveri
Founder at Eternal Eve



Tania Walter
Founder and CEO at Obzervr Pty Ltd



Louisa Dahl
Curator at Digital Summit, Founder & Director Interactive Minds



Holly Tatersall
Founder of Women in Digital



Sandra Mau
CEO at TrademarkVision



Fiona Foley
Executive Manager - ICT Services and Business Solutions at Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia



Johnny Cheng
Co-Founder & CEO at Amity

Johnny Cheng is the co-founder and CEO of Amity, the interactive messaging app featured on news publications around the world including TechCrunch, New York Times, and Gizmodo.   

Amity enables a new level of human interaction. It’s the first interactive messaging app to introduce Live Mode, where special features unlock when two or more people are in the conversation together. Amity introduces new layers of communication with interactive messages, high fives, the ability to request photos, videos, and locations, and much more – all in one complete app.


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.


Paula Kloots
EFT expert and Business Coach



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Brisbane Women 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 Queensland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Peta
    Ellis
  • Emily
    Gilhome
  • Jo
    Ucukalo
  • Josh
    Anthony

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