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
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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 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
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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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Queensland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here