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Ultimo Sydney (TBA)

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
  • Dinner
  • Coach Meetings
  • Lunch
  • Dry runs
  • Submit pitch deck and tech-run
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Judges

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

CEO/Founder at BlueChilli

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

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   |  

Contributing Sponsors
Organizers
Thai Huynh
Thu Huynh
Catherine Kitney
Anh Nguyen
Alex Scriven
Blog

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