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UTS Building 6, 702 Harris Street Ultimo NSW 2007

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 21
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Nov 22
  • Check-in & Set up team space
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Begin work
  • Coach meetings
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Hacking time
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Hacking time
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 23
  • Team arrive & Checkin
  • Breakfast
  • Coach Meetings
  • Lunch
  • Dry runs
  • Submit pitch deck and tech-run
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Judges

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

CEO/Founder at BlueChilli   |  

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin left a 10 year career as a weapons engineer in the Navy to to pursue his passion in working with start-ups. Seb is also a founding ambassador of the Awesome Foundation, advisor at Club Kidpreneur and was state lego building champion at 8

Rui Rodrigues

Managing Partner at Tank Stream Ventures   |  

Rui is Tank Stream Ventures’ Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Committee.

Rui started investing in technology for a London-based VC fund in 2008 and has been working with startups since then, both as an entrepreneur, investor and advisor in Europe and Australia.

Peter Bradd

Founding Director at Fishburners   |  

Pete Bradd is a serial entrepreneur and advocate for Australia’s start-up community.

As entrepreneur-in-residence at Fusion Labs, Peter helps companies innovate by applying the start-up mindset and agility to create new business models that leverage their assets and scale. Clients include Westfield, ANZ, Westpac, CBA, News Corp, Lend Lease, GPT, Marsh and Optus.

Peter founded ScribblePics in 2008, allowing people to create and send a postcard from their own photograph, bringing on partners such as Qantas, Expedia, Jetstar and Australia Post.

In 2011 he moved ScribblePics from his house into Sydney’s first tech co working space Fishburners, where he became a founding director.

Hamish Hawthorn

CEO at ATP Innovations

Hamish Hawthorn
Prior to joining ATP Innovations in 2005, Hamish held senior roles in business development and strategy. He was the Director of R&D for the leading custom automotive wheel manufacturer, where he ran product development programs for race and road applications.

Hamish holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and completed the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University. Hamish is a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales and was the recipient of the Faculty Entrepreneur Award in 2009.

Coaches

Nicole Kersh

Entrepreneur/Digital Strategist   |  

After 10 years at the wheel of 4Cabling, Nicole cut through a stale industry and by connecting with an emerging demographic built online revenues of $10 million. Following her recent exit to venture capital, she’s using her ecommerce and digital experience to build creative and captivating content strategies. She’s a firm believer that content can mean the difference between a one-click stand and a long-term relationship.

Kath Purkis

CEO at Her Fashion Box   |  

One of Australia's leading female tech Entrepreneurs. Founded first fashion e-tail company at 21 years old in 2008. Founded the world first fashion subscription service & e-tail experience Her Fashion Box in March 2013. Her Fashion Box now ships globally & has shipped over 15,000 subscriptions. Featured in BRW, Inc.com, SMH, Vogue Australia, Cosmopolitan, Daily Telegraph, Glamour UK, Nett, The Australian, Google Sydney & Sydney Magazine.

Gen George

Founder and Managing Director at OneShift   |  

At just twenty-four years old, Gen George is the Founder and MD of OneShift. An online jobs platform that provides one-off shifts, casual, part time and short term employment around Australia and New Zealand. Similar to an online dating website, OneShift’s unique algorithm automatically matches job seekers with jobs based on their skills, qualifications and location. George aims to create a worldwide network of jobs, allowing users the freedom to travel and live life. Part time work, full time life.

Pete Cooper

Founder of SydStart   |  

Founder of SydStart, mentor, early nurturer of the startup ecosystem. 25 years in real-time technology, banking, finance, business technology strategy.

Ned Moorfield

CEO/Co-founder at goCatch   |  

Ned Moorfield loves using innovative technologies to shake up stuffy, monopolised industries. In 2011, this led him to co-found goCatch, Australia’s leading taxi booking app and one of Australia’s hottest tech start-ups. Almost two years later, goCatch has secured over $9M in funding and is getting 80,000 taxi bookings each month. goCatch is a smartphone app that is transforming the taxi industry for the better. The app uses the latest GPS and mobile payment technologies to improve the overall experience of using taxis.

Ned graduated in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 2002 before going on to live and work in Canada, Germany, England and Ireland, where he worked in advanced manufacturing and investment banking before returning to Australia in 2006. Having grown goCatch from its initial idea spark to a 15 staff-person strong nation-wide business, Ned has first hand experience overcoming the challenges of establishing, growing and funding technology-lead businesses.

Phil Morle

CEO at Pollenizer   |  

Phil is the CEO of Pollenizer, a startup incubator founding its own companies and designing incubation programs for some of the world's biggest companies (e.g. Singtel, Coca-Cola). With Pollenizer, he has been a part of founding more than 20 companies across Australia and Asia. Examples include Spreets (sold to Yahoo!), Oomph, Posse, Lawpath, True Property, Wooboard.

Before Pollenizer, he was the CTO at Kazaa for 5 years and led the development of a technology strategy which saw 5 million users online at any one time, millions of downloads per day and a total global user base of over 100 million, all this powered by innovative technology, a globally distributed team and a sprinkling of imagination.

Before that, strangely, Phil was a theatre director with companies in the UK and Australia. This taught him the discipline of making something valuable with few resources.

Paul Bennetts

Investment manager at Airtree VC

Paul Bennetts is the Investment Manager for AirTree Ventures a new $60m venture capital fund that is focused on investing in growth stage businesses that are disrupting traditional markets. He has reviewed over 200 businesses in his role and has been an entrepreneur himself.

Prior to joining AirTree, Paul was the Investment Manager and an Investment Committee Member for Tulla, the $500m plus Family Office of Kevin and Mark Maloney. During his time at Tulla, Paul sourced, reviewed and executed a large number of investments across a broad range of asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, domestic and international equities, debt and hedge funds.

Prior to joining Tulla, Paul worked for Goldman Sachs for five years.

Paul has also spent a significant period of time involved with startup ventures. Paul previously founded a small but successful retail operation and co-founded an education marketplace.

Patrick Crooks

Founder at Fusion Co-innovation Labs

Patrick has led large-scale industry disruption on behalf of various Multi-National-Organisations, helping change the lives of millions of people for the better while creating significant new revenue streams for his clients.

He has advised senior executives in disruptive innovation in over 15 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, co-founded an IT company that grew to employ over 1200 people in its first three years, led the set up three large scale mobile banking businesses, led or co-founded at least 20 startups, and has been directly responsible for creation of over 15000 new banking retail outlets.

Today he runs Fusion Labs - a "skunkworks" that helps companies explore, experiment and execute on new opportunities. They work with the companies to overcome internal innovation challenges, or to spin off new ventures as appropriate. Their clients include many ASX200's.

Patrick has studied strategy and innovation at London Business School, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Daniel Nelson

Head of Enterprise Development at Braintree Payments

Daniel is an Engineer, eCommerce expert, Senior Enterprise Sales Manager and Big Data enthusiast. Currently working with PayPal within the Braintree business, specialising in eCommerce & mobile strategy for Australia’s most recognised brands, including Telstra, Woolworths, Chemists Warehouse Group, Pizza Hut, as well as innovative disruptors such as The Iconic, Groupon and Temando.

From a foundation of an Engineering Computer Science degree, Daniel has got his start as a Software Application Engineer and rapidly graduated through Pre-sales into Sales Leadership roles leading teams of over ten sales & account management professionals. Across his career, and in his four years at PayPal, he has developed a depth and breadth of knowledge across Payments, eCommerce, Business Strategy & Marketing.

Pete Argent

CEO/Co-founder at Coder Factor   |  

Pete loves what he does, teaching people how to code. It's an exciting industry to be in right now as entrepreneurs everywhere realise how important it is to learn this valuable skill. After a career as a software consultant with IBM, he took the leap and started his own company and hasn't looked back.

Yvonne Everett

Angel Investor   |   LinkedIn

Yvonne is an angel investor with Scale Investors, with interests that include fintech and women led startups. She has a background in technology and investment management. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Computer Science and Design, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Yvonne has an insatiable curiosity, never stops learning, and enjoys coding. An adrenalin junkie, she also climbs mountains around the world, rides a motorcycle, and tries hard not to come last in ocean swim events.

Daniel Gammell

Investment Manager   |   LinkedIn

Daniel joined OneVentures as an Investment Manager in 2014.

Most recently, Daniel was an Investment Manager at venture capital, private equity and alternative asset manager, M.H. Carnegie & Co. Prior to this he co-founded an aerial camera business, Stadium Camera Solutions, introducing European technology 'Spidercam' to the AFL.

Daniel spent two years with J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst within the Financial Sponsors group, based in Sydney. He also serves as an advisor to Octet Finance, a domestic and international trade financing business.

Murray Hurps

General Manager   |  

Murray Hurps started developing software at age 7, founded his first software company at 14, and then spent 16 years founding and running software companies in Sydney including Ad Muncher, Feedback Fast and Leap Touch.

He's passionate about the Australian startup scene, donating time to #StartupAUS, Startup Muster and now managing Fishburners, Australia's largest startup space.

"I'm passionate about software, and about Australia"

Sean McVeigh

CCD Capability Lead, Commonwealth Bank

Sean is the CCD Capability lead for the Digital Channels team at the Commonwealth Bank. On joining the Bank in 2013, he has helped define key customer digital experiences and been part of the evolution of building internal experience design capabilities.

With 16 years of professional practice, he has led front end digital design and innovation projects for some of the world’s largest banks, broadcasters, telcos, airlines and content companies.

A graduate from BA (Hons) in Industrial Design from Northumbria University and RSA Student award winner, Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, past guest lecturer, with a passion for designing better experiences at the intersection of people and technology.

Kristy Dixon

Partner at Marque Lawyers

Kristy heads up the corporate/M&A practice at Marque Lawyers, having fallen for Marque’s charms after a stellar career at top tier firms. She’s done ridiculously impressive things like buying Bankwest and selling Dodo, so we’re pretty confident you can’t come up with a corporate deal or accompanying jargon that she won’t smash out of the park with a quietly confident smile. From starting a start up and raising seed capital through Series A to Z and initial public offerings (aim big!), Kristy has all the legal stuff you will need covered.

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Thu Huynh
Catherine Kitney
Anh Nguyen
Alex Scriven
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