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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 an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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.  Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.



Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming, discussing ideas and 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
  • Finished for the day.


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day.


Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Brad Moran

Founder, Managing Director - NoQ

Entrepreneur and founder of one of Adelaide's most recent tech start up companies 'NoQ', Brad has been able to take concept to commercialisation in less than 12 months with no prior business or IT background.

The young entrepreneur raised more than $2.5million for his mobile platform technology including a recent strategic investment from Bendigo Bank. Brad proves that it does not require a PHD in computer science nor Business Management in order to raise capital and creating a market leading product. Just passion and an eye for innovation.

Stuart Snyder

Co-Founder, CFO - YourAmigo

Stuart Snyder, was a cofounder, director, and CFO of YourAmigo Ltd which was the SA exporter of the year in 2008. YourAmigo was incorporated in 1999 and successfully commercialised novel search technology acquired from the Flinders University. YourAmigo’s was a technology leader in the search marketing space with installations on web sites in over 30 different countries including many of the world’s top 100 ecommerce companies. YourAmigo’s company headquarters is still in Adelaide although virtually all sales are export. Stuart grew up in Silicon Valley, starting his career as a CPA with KPMG in San Jose, California and migrated to Adelaide in 1993 when he married an Australian citizen. He is now semi retired, mentoring in entrepreneurship.

Trevor Glen

Co-Founder, CEO - Incriptus   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Trevor Glen is a co-founder and the CEO of incriptus. A Software Engineer at the Motorola Australia Software Centre for 6 years, Trevor worked on diverse projects such as mobile e-wallets, interactive voice recognition and response systems, and mobile application platforms. Trevor, along with colleagues from Motorola, then founded incriptus and has spent his time since then learning how to raise capital, sell and market software and communicate with shareholders

Peter O'Neill

Founder - App Majik   |   LinkedIn

Peter has successfully founded multiple mobile related businesses that received Angel Investment and were eventually acquired. Now focusing on delivering beautiful, useful and just plain cool apps for the festival and events sector.

Shane Cheek

General Partner - Acumen Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Shane is a corporate advisor and early stage investor. He is currently Managing Director of Method Advisory and General Partner at Acumen Ventures. Previously, Shane was an Investment Manager with Playford Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Prior to this, Shane was a State Manager for the Australian Institute for Commercialisation where he provided transaction advisory and commercialisation services to companies in consumer internet & media, medical devices, enterprise software, mobile, geospatial imaging and mining technology.

Tanya Newhouse

Co-Founder, CEO - Clevertar   |   LinkedIn

Tanya is a co-founder and CEO of Clevertar, and was previously a Principal at Flinders Partners in which she was responsible for the development and commercialisation of technologies from the faculty of Science and Engineering. She has a Master of Commerce (Marketing) and specialises in strategic marketing. Previously, she worked in aged care organisations in several roles, including managing service delivery for home care services. In addition, Tanya has spent several years in IT network administration and is very much at home in the technology sector.

Finn Peacock

Founder - SolarQuotes   |   LinkedIn

Finn is an expert in PPC advertising and creating & communicating business USPs. He runs a range of on-line businesses and was featured in The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. He loves bike riding too!

Pari Pathak

Co-Founder - Magnifier Technologies

Pari Pathak is the co-founder and Director of Magnifier Technologies an Adelaide based software development company. With over 10 years in the industry, Pari has been instrumental in the development and rollout of many SaaS, enterprise scale, applications. Although technically inclined, Pari has very quickly learnt the ropes (sometimes the hard way) to enhancing his entrepreneurial skills. He believes that passion, persistence, hard work and integrity are the essential ingredients for success and is always keen to mentor young entrepreneurs with great skills and ideas.

Geoff Kwitko

Serial Entrepreneur, Web Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Geoff has loved every minute of founding and selling a number of internet related companies over recent years, including an online media monitoring service with over 4,000 customers, an Australian sharemarket discussion community with 22,000 members, and a web marketing and programming consulting firm with 8 staff. Now, Geoff works as a consultant implementing internet marketing campaigns for medium sized companies (PPC advertising, lead collection, landing page optimisation, CRM, ecommerce, social media, video marketing etc). In his spare time, Geoffrey leads and mentors a community of over 900 young tech entrepreneurs and web consultants around Adelaide, called The Startup Club. Over the last three years, over 40 free Startup Club events and workshops have held for local entrepreneurs, including 3 day business seminars and a full day IT conferences.

Daniel Draper

Founder - CodeFire   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is a passionate technologist and an Entrepreneur. He has been cutting code since he was 10 but always had a passion for business and commercialisation. Daniel's first company, NetFox, sold a product to schools in Australia and grew to almost 300 customers. His second company, Codefire was able to double revenue in each of the first three years of operation while still turning a profit. As an entrepreneur he feels he has learned a lot in the last 8 years of running and growing companies. He can bring these experiences - the successes and the tough lessons - to teams wherever he goes.

Philip Mayes

Co-Founder, Mighty Kingdom   |   LinkedIn

After working up the ranks at one of New Zealand's largest and most successful IT companies, Philip chucked it all in to study game development. After graduating in 2005 he landed a job at Ratbag Games, at the time one of the premier game development companies in Australia, and also where he met Jindou Lee. After the demise of Ratbag at the hands of Midway Studios, Philip shifted to Krome Studios and worked on several high profile games, including Star Wars: The Force unleashed (although he insists this was less fun than it sounds).

The release of the iPhone and app store presented an opportunity to get out from underneath a publisher's thumb, so Jindou and Philip joined forces to found Mighty Kingdom in 2010. In addition to client work, Philip and Jindou kept developing their own IP. One of those ideas would become Happy Inspector, and after working through the Startmate and 500 Startups incubators it would go on to successfully raise investment in the US. With the Happy Inspector team moving to San Francisco, Philip decided to stay with Mighty Kingdom in Adelaide and focus once again on his passion for making games.

David Bartholomeusz

Founder, CEO - Griffin Alliance   |   LinkedIn

David had grown a bricks & mortar business in the hospitality industry with zero bank or investor finance. He has tried and failed to take a business from small to medium 3 times and counting. He is the Entrepreneurs Organization's Regional Director of learning for the South Pacific and Is a current member of MIT's Entrepreneurial Masters "Birthing of Giants" Program. David is fascinated by bricks and mortar as well as on line user and experience communities: how they form, divide and dissolve. He has recieved a Bachelor of Science specialising in evolutionary biology and a Bachelor of Laws. Business Influences include: Roberto Cardone (Cibo Group), George Naddaff (Boston Chicken), John Ibrahim Darth Bane, anyone who is awkwardly suspicious of the things that Seth Godin writes. Business Approach: Conservative, Organic.

Leila Henderson

Founder, CEO - Swayve   |   LinkedIn

Leila is the CEO and founder of NewsMaker and Swayve. She has more than 30 years' international experience in media and technology communication and management. An example of the breadth and depth of her experience in journalism includes: Associate Editor of The Canadian Magazine (part of Toronto Star Group)

Doug Adamson

Case Manager - Commercialisation Australia   |   LinkedIn

Doug Adamson fills his days working with innovative companies. As a Case Manager with Federal Government agency Commercialisation Australia, Doug assists companies to bring new products, processes or services to the market. He's recently managed a portfolio of early-stage technology investments for a seed stage venture capital fund, and is an advisor to a number of other SME's in training, manufacturing, software, and hospitality. Doug has founded, grown, managed and sold businesses in media, distribution, and web software, and has qualifications in electronic engineering, finance, venture capital and company directorship. His other business interests include a software operation specialising in “big data” analysis, a business facilitating production, training and publishing in organic agriculture and organic gardening, and a boutique tourism operation in the Adelaide Hills.

Brett Jackson

Director - Innovyz

Brett has extensive national and international management experience in sales, marketing, and business development roles in major listed icon brands. In all of his roles, he was accountable for establishing and achieving challenging goals whilst ensuring that the long-term continued growth of the brands were not compromised by short-term expediency.

His interest in business and management led him to pursue a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management. At Innovyz he is using his experiences and knowledge of business theory to create processes and procedures to make companies more successful, more quickly.

Ken Saman

VP Operations - YourAmigo   |   LinkedIn

At YourAmigo, Ken has helped some of the leading online retailers in the US, Europe and Japan to grow customers and revenues via Google, Bing and Yahoo. As VP Operations, he has lead YourAmigo's Engineering, IT and Account Management teams globally for the past 5 years.

Prior to this he was CEO of a local project management advisory firm. Ken started his career as a software engineer for Motorola, working in Germany and the US to integrate mobile phone and GPS technology into real time vehicle systems.

Shai Coggins

Shai has worked with various not-for-profit organisations, start-ups, small businesses, and companies in Australia and in different parts of the world. She was a co-founder and Community VP for b5media, a Canada/US-based company that received over $10M of VC funding.

Shai has received a number of accolades for her work, including “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company (2009), and other Top lists in social media and blogging.

Shai’s work has also been featured in different media and publications such as The Advertiser (Adelaide), Reader’s Digest (Australia), Manila Bulletin (Philippines), Elle Magazine (Singapore), SBS Radio Australia, and ABS-CBN TV.

Craig Yeung

Partner - Piper Alderman   |   LinkedIn

Craig is a partner in Piper Alderman’s corporate division. He has extensive experience advising on corporate, commercial and securities law, in particular venture capital, capital raisings, mergers and aquisitions and financial services. Craig has advised many private and public companies in relation to their capital raising needs, from early stage start-up companies to ASX listed companies. He has also advised fund managers and investors in relation to providing capital to companies in need of funding.
Craig also writes regularly for the online publication Startup Smart and is a mentor for Sydney tech incubator PushStart.

Kishen Vijayadass

Partner - BDO   |   LinkedIn

Chartered Accountant working with businesses across a range of industry sectors including property & construction, retailing, music, digital content licensing, professional services, manufacturing, technology media & telecommunications and not-for-profit

Kevin Kirchner

Flinders University

Kevin Kirchner teaches entrepreneurship at Flinders University. He is also expert in strategic
management and economics. Prior to taking on an academic role at Flinders University Kevin
worked in senior roles across a variety of industries, including the banking industry, in management
consultancy and in economics consultancy.


Stephen Yarwood

Lord Mayor, Adelaide City Council

A town planner with nearly 20 years’ experience in state and local government, Stephen has dedicated his professional life to developing cities.

Stephen is working to make Adelaide a modern, vibrant and sustainable place to do business, live and enjoy life. He believes an economy based on innovation, education, arts and culture will make Adelaide prosperous. He is also encouraging strong working relationships between all levels of government, as well as business and the general community.

Stephen has an MBA, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Regional and Urban Planning and Environmental Studies. He has also lectured in planning and management in several countries.

Stephen lives in the heart of the CBD with his wife Emily, daughter Megan and son Oliver.

Professor Michael Barber

Vice-Chancellor, Flinders University

Professor Barber has a strong academic background in Maths and Physics.

Having taken up positions at Australian National University, University of Western Australia, CSIRO and, since 2008, Flinders University.

Nick Reade

General Manager SA , Corporate and Commercial Banking & General Manager, Small Business Banking

Nick is the General Manager of ANZ's Small Business Banking division which is business that serves the needs of all Small to Medium sized Businesses in Australia. In addition, Nick is responsible for all Corporate and Commercial Banking customers in South Australia. Nick also leads the innovation agenda for ANZ Corporate and Commercial Banking.
Nick joined ANZ in 1999 as the Marketing Director for Previously he was Head of Marketing at Commonwealth Bank Securities (CommSec) in Sydney, Australia.
In 2001, Nick joined ANZ’s Consumer Finance division and held a number of roles including General Manager, Personal Lending and General Manager, Consumer Cards where he was responsible for managing ANZ’s large Consumer Credit Card portfolio.
In 2007, Nick was appointed General Manager, Small Business Banking and in 2012, Nick was also appointed the General Manager for South Australia for ANZ Corporate and Commercial Banking.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Management and Marketing from the University of South Australia and is an alumnus of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme. He is interested in entrepreneurship, start ups and is an angel investor.


Robyn Taylor

Co-Founder, Internode

Robyn has founded 5 successful startups, the most well known being Internode. Starting in a spare room in Clarence Park in 1990, Internode grew to over 500 employees and later sold to iiNet in December 2012 for $105million. Robyn has vast experience in business development, contract negotiations, sales and investor relations. Speaking on entrepreneurship, Robyn believes that "entrepreneurship is a mixture of vision, creativity, sound business skills and good judgement. There are many interesting lessons to learn on the way, but it is rewarding for a lifetime."

Dr Jana Matthews

Managing Director - ANZ Innovyz START

Jana has worked with companies all over the world, helping them grow their companies. She has written seven books and over 50 articles, has been a global thought leader for SAP and has been identified as one of 18 women business gurus, the only one in the area of entrepreneurial leadership and growth.

Jana has also been an entrepreneur, having founded four companies, but her passion is helping CEOs and their executive teams unlock their growth potential. Her breadth of experience working with diverse sectors (e.g., manufacturing, high-tech, retail, and services) and helping companies go global. She has the breadth and depth of experience that enables her to add value to almost any company.

Brad Moran

Managing Director, Founder - NoQ

Entrepreneur and founder of one of Adelaide's most recent tech start up companies 'NoQ', Brad has been able to take concept to commercialisation in less than 12 months with no prior business or IT background.
The young entrepreneur raised more than $2.5million for his mobile platform technology including a recent strategic investment from Bendigo Bank. Brad proves that it does not require a PHD in computer science nor Business Management in order to raise capital and creating a market leading product. Just passion and an eye for innovation.

Finn Peacock

Founder - SolarQuotes

Finn is an expert in PPC advertising and creating & communicating business USPs. He runs a range of on-line businesses and was featured in The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. He loves bike riding too!

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