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Jul 19
  • 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


Jul 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors available 2pm-4pm
  • Mentors finish
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Mentors available 10-12
  • Mentors finish
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations. Tech test
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Dr Clarence Tan

Mentor/Judge - Business & Technology   |   LinkedIn

Clarence is a technologist, academician, entrepreneur, innovator, investor, researcher, financial trader, knowledge seeker, writer.

Clarence is also proudly the current Singularity University Ambassador for Australia and Malaysia, and he holds various other roles including Entrepreneur in Residence at Bond University, and adjunct Professor at Griffith University.

Bill Bass

Mentor/Judge - Business   |   LinkedIn

Bill is a founding Director at Silicon Lakes, and holds senior executive positions with International and Australian private and public companies including financial stewardship, business acquisitions, governance, secretariat and leading business re-engineering projects.

Bill has also previously held multiple executive positions including Company Secretary at Oncard International Limited, Billabong, and Country Road and GE Capital.

David Novakovic

Mentor/Judge - Developer   |   LinkedIn

David is an award winning data scientist who is highly regarded as a startup innovator, software engineer and business communicator. Most notably he was one of the founding software engineers on the We Are Hunted project (acquired by Twitter 2012, AIMIA Best Entertainment Winner 2010) where he designed and developed a large part of the backend technology.

Glenn Tozer

Mentor/Judge - Business & Govt.   |   LinkedIn

Glenn is the Councillor for Division 9 at City of Gold Coast and represents 35,000 residents of Mudgeeraba, Highland Park and the Hinterland at the City of Gold Coast.

Glenn is also the Chairman of one of the Gold Coast's fastest growing media organisations, community radio broadcaster Juice Media Ltd (Juice 107.3FM).

Previously, Glenn spent over a decade with companies such as Fairfax, Rydges Hotel Group, Sensis (Telstra) working with SME's and all levels of government on advertising and marketing campaigns, and event management.

Rick McElhinney

Mentor/Judge - Business   |   LinkedIn

As a civil/structural engineer, Rick moved from Australia to Canada in 1981. By 1985 he has formed his first technology company and relocated to the US. The company listed in 1987 and became known for providing technology to engineering companies.

Since returning to Australia, Rick has invested in and provided advisory services to a number of manufacturing and IT corporations. He was involved in establishing and has chaired Founders Forum Limited since its inception in 2000. The Founders Forum is a network of business angels who syndicate their efforts in assisting start-up companies through investment and mentoring. Rick is involved as an equity partner and maintains various levels of involvement in a number of Australian companies.

Libby Sander

Mentor/Judge - Business   |   LinkedIn

Libby Sander, BArts (Japanese) Griffith, BBusiness Griffith, Master HRM Griffith, Fellow AIM is the Co-Founder of Work Club Gold Coast, founder and director of the Future of Work Project, founder of Rethink, and past Chair of Goldspaces an urban renewal and cultural development platform.

Libby has extensively researched the effectiveness of different types of emergent workspaces in the exchange and development of ideas, serendipity, innovation and collaboration. Libby is an expert on corporate agility, performance and workplace design and works globally re-thinking and re-designing business. Rapid shifts in global demographics, the importance of design, technology and the co-ordination of work are driving a revolution in business. Libby is an expert in assisting business to understand and interpret these forces and create a workplace where exceptional performance and an ideology of innovation are an everyday reality.


Steve Baxter

Mentor - Business / Internet / Investment   |   LinkedIn

Steve is the Founder of Right Pedal Studios and River City Labs, as well as being a Director of TrekTraka. He previously sat on the Board for Commercialisation Australia, and he was a Founder and the CTO for Pipe Networks.

Steve also has done a stint with Google as a Technical Program Manager, and he has held various other executive roles with Technology organisations.

Steve is a driving force for the Startup Community in Australia through his involvement and support through River City Labs, his startup investments and other initiatives and program he is involved with.

Ian Connor

Mentor - Developer   |   LinkedIn

After moving from Brisbane to Boston to work on Lotus Notes/Domino, Ian spent years learning how to build software and software teams the right way.

Working at Iris Associates and then for IBM showed him the spectrum of software development methodologies. After co-founding and selling Pubget in the publishing and medical library space, he is now a convert to TDD and lean startup methodologies. He likes to build a minimal viable product and give the business the ability to quickly iterate and find its footing.

In March Ian moved back to Brisbane and he’s building the technology team for Enthuse as their CTO.

Chris Kettle

Mentor - Business / Developer   |   LinkedIn

Chris founded MY247 an idea with 0 visitors, 0 customers and 0 revenue… to Australia's #1 Guide to Going out used by over 3.4M Australians with thousands of customers and multiple revenue streams.

His latest start-up HungryHero launched in February 2013 and it allows hospitality venues to get customers on demand and about to smash through 100,000 downloads.

Chris Macaulay

Mentor - Startups   |   LinkedIn

Chris is one of the key organisers for Silicon Beach Brisbane - Brisbane's largest networking event for startups, including social and information events to help connect web and tech startups and build the SEQLD startup ecosystem.

Currently Chris is a Business Development Manager with Klyp, and he was a Co-Founder and Director of SwipeAds, the Startup which took out first place in the inaugural Startup Weekend Brisbane Event held in October last year at River City Labs.

Yvette Adams

Mentor - Digital & Social Media   |   LinkedIn

Yvette is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder and owner of The Creative Collective, a creative agency offering website design & development, social media, seo, ppc, emarketing, marketing, PR as well as an extensive array of training.

Yvette is a multi-award winning business woman including winning the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner of the Year at the 2010 Telstra Business Women's Awards, and most recently 2013 Winner of ICT Woman of the Year at the iAwards.

Colin Kinner

Mentor - Business   |   LinkedIn

Colin is a business coach and company director with twenty years experience in strategy development, business planning, investor readiness and raising and deploying early stage capital for technology-based businesses.

Colin is very active within the startup community across SEQLD.

Alistair Smith

Mentor - IP & Patents   |   LinkedIn

Alistair is qualified as a patent attorney in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He specialises in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of physics, computer software, business methods and electronic devices, including their application to the medical, biotechnology and cleantech areas.

Trent Taylor

Mentor - Legal   |   LinkedIn

Trent is a corporate and commercial lawyer with Holding Redlich and he specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, joint ventures, technology and franchising.

Craig Aspinall

Mentor - Developer   |   LinkedIn

Craig is a 15 year veteran of the software industry, working in industries as diverse as telecoms, security, multimedia and finance, with companies ranging in size from startups to 120,000 employee industry leaders.

He has experienced companies growing so fast that they can barely hold on, and seen the other side of the coin during both the bursting of the .com bubble,and more recently the global financial crisis. And he has loved every minute of it!

Fiona Evans

Mentor - Business   |   LinkedIn

Fiona works within SME’s to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Through a structured approach to strategic planning, process development and marketing, she distils complexity into simplicity and delivers tangible results.

Fiona has over 20 years experience as a high performance executive. She commenced her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a chartered accountant. Fiona then gained post-graduate qualifications in marketing while working across the eastern seaboard of Australia and internationally as an ‘agent of change’. Fiona’s unusual blend of skills combined with her acumen in strategy, marketing, negotiation and finance are invaluable to any business. She has worked with iconic brands such as the Brisbane Lions, GE Capital Finance, Wunderman Cato Johnson and Queensland Rail. Her specialty is substance over hype. Her portfolio life includes directorships, community work and writing.

Greg Beaver

Mentor - Funding & Commercialisation   |   LinkedIn

Greg is a start-up technology specialist with unique cross section of experience and a proven track record in strategic/business planning, investment readiness, accessing government grants, private equity, capital raising and international commercialisation.

Greg sits on the board of a number of public and private companies and is an appointed Expert Mentor for AusIndustry’s ‘Commercialisation Australia’ grant program.

Cameron Johns

Mentor - Commercialisation   |   LinkedIn

Cameron has broad industry experience across all stages of the business life-cycle and many different industries. This experience has seen him consult to Inventors, SME’s through to Fortune 500’s and research organisations. He has substantial experience in helping individuals and organisations raise funding to establish and grow their business.

Cameron has recently branched out on his own establishing Cameron Johns Consulting.

Michael Murtagh

Mentor - Commercialisation   |   LinkedIn

Michael is a commercialisation specialist with substantial experience in assisting entrepreneurs and young companies develop their commercialisation strategies, through mentoring, business advice and assistance in the execution of their plans.

Kevin Mailer

Mentor - Business   |   LinkedIn

Kevin has a vast business background, including Hospitality & High Tech Retail.

He currently is involved in Personal / Professional Development and Mentoring focussing on coaching and consulting to people worldwide, on how to create their own passion-filled businesses and to take action on their ideas, with authenticity.

Amelia Axford

Mentor - Business / Web Development   |   LinkedIn

When I started learning about and using the business model canvas and customer development, I found it difficult to define and test hypotheses. I felt like I hadn't quite grasped it. But, like anything, the more you do it the better you get at it. Startup Weekend will give you ample opportunity to practice this. With my background in business combined with broad web application development and delivery experience, I am finding that I can really help people generate their business model. I'll help you focus on the big picture and then identify and test the areas where your model has the most uncertainty using Lean Launch principles.

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