5 reasons you should join Startup Weekend Byron Bay this weekend

The idea behind Startup Weekend is for people with an idea and people with the skills to make that idea into a reality get together over the course of a weekend to start a new business.

Here are 5 reasons you should join Startup Weekend Byron Bay this weekend.

1.  You will learn about entrepreneurship.

During Startup Weekend Byron Bay you will be immersed in all aspects of building a start-up – from validating, designing and developing your idea to marketing and pitching it.  You will develop new skills and learn from your fellow participants, coaches and judges while creating something tangible.

2.  You will meet the right people

People who are willing to give up their weekend to attend Startup Weekends are smart, motivated and skilled – just the sort of people you need on your team when launching and building a business.  In 54 hours you will work together to achieve much more than you would believe possible in just a weekend – real businesses come out of Startup Weekends.

3.  You will connect with the local community

Starting a business can be both hard and lonely.  Startup Weekend is a great way to meet a wide range of other people who are going through or have already been through same process.  You will also meet the local ideas, design and development people who are interested in making things happen.  Its a great way to get hooked into the entrepreneurial community in Northern Rivers and discover new networks and resources.

4.  You will receive access to great resources and the chance to win fantastic prizes

Startup Weekends have fantastic sponsors.  At Startup Weekend Byron Bay participants enjoy

  • a free .co domain registration
  • $300 credit on google cloud platform to build your web or mobile app
  • 6 months free access to the LawPath website giving you access to legal and commercial documents needed to start and run your business
  • 3 years access to the uBegin collaboration platform along with setup assistance and follow-up support and a myriad of additional perks and discounts especially for Startup Weekend participants.

The overall winner at Startup Weekend Byron Bay will receive company registration and 20% off legal services from LawPath.

5.  You will be part of a global celebration of entrepreneurism with the opportunity to compete globally for prizes

Global Startup Battle 2015 is happening in over 250 cities as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You have the opportunity to continue on after Startup Weekend Byron Bay finishes on Sunday and compete in an online pitch video competition for fantastic prizes.
Follow #GSB2015 and #StartupByron

But the biggest prize comes from who you meet and what you learn over the weekend – so by joining Startup Weekend Byron Bay you’re already a winner.

For more information check out byron-bay.up.co

What are you waiting for? Get your ticket today!

How 54 hours of fun led to a new life.

by Paul Hannah

I heard about the Gold Coast startup weekend from a friend just 2 days before it started. I wasn’t until the afternoon before that I decided to go. Within an hour I’d bought the ticket, booked a bed at a hostel and drove the 2 hours to get there.

I was hoping for a bit of fun with some interesting people. I got so much more than that!

I had been struggling with the direction of my life and was at a dead end. I needed a kick in the pants — something to light a fire under me again.

I arrived at the event and the idea pitching began. I got up on stage to pitch my idea. This didn’t get the interest I’d hoped for — I stood in front of my idea in the gallery while everyone joined the other teams. In the end I admitted defeat and joined another team myself.

What followed was an intense couple of days: putting together a workable business plan; hacking together a webpage; hitting the streets surveying people; crafting a final pitch.

We got up as a team and presented our idea and plan, and ended up picking up first prize.

What followed was a whirlwind few weeks, including moving to NSW. In the end, after some digging, we found out that a multi-national was preparing to jump in to the same space. The team disbanded.

But, and here’s the rub, in that time I’d become involved in other projects and found myself embedded in the dynamic world of the startup community.

A year later and my world looks completely different. One of my projects has found investment, produced it’s first product, found it’s first customers, and is going to market. The other is in the wild and gaining a small but loyal customer base.

And this is the best bit, I get to work every day with people who are living their dream. At a place where people can’t wait for Monday morning.

Going to startup weekend was the best bloody decision of my life — just buy your ticket already!

Judging the competition

An integral part of any Startup Weekend is the final pitch presentations and judging ceremony on Sunday evening.  For Startup Weekend Byron Bay this will be held at the auditorium on the SAE Byron Bay campus.

Our judging panel are examples of local excellence meets commercial success.

Chau Duncan
Along with her love for working with exceptional people, developing innovative solutions, and building strong sustainable foundations for the future Chau brings extensive expertise in finance, foreign trade and investment

Matt Dickinson
One of Australia’s most sought after startup advisors, Matt is a serial internet entrepreneur who specialises in online growth strategy.

Ric Richardson
Known for taking on Microsoft over a patent infringement, Ric is a local inventor who dedicates time each week to help inventors and innovators get their ideas going and protected.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams will be judged according to the following equally weighted criteria:

Business Model

    • How does the team plan on making this a successful business?  
    • Have they identified or solved potential problems; competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?

Customer Validation

    • Are teams building something that people actually want?
    • How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs?Did the team get out and talk to customers?
    • What is the value proposition to customers?

Execution & Design

    • Has the team established a Minimim Viable Product for the weekend ?
    • Does the product deliver a compelling and captivating user experience?
    • Were the team able to demo something functional?

How to give a great one-minute pitch

by Theo Berut

Have you got an idea that you think could have a huge impact on the startup world? Why not share it at Startup Weekend Byron Bay?

Be prepared to pitch it at 7:30pm on Friday, 20 November!

The upcoming Startup Weekend Byron Bay is an opportunity to learn some helpful tips on pitching and making people remember your ideas. As you may know, participants have no more than one minute to sell their idea to the audience.


1/ Make the audience remember you

“No one remembers the pitch, they remember what you’ve built.” Shane Mac, about Startup Weekend pitches

After seeing tens of pitches, most of the audience probably won’t remember your idea.  In order to avoid this awkward situation, try these two tips:

  • Firstly, put a name on your idea.  If you brand it, you are more likely to draw the attendee’s attention and get them interested in your idea.
  • Secondly, you have to be energetic. Make people feel that your idea is not only the best, but you are also the best person to achieve it. If you can’t make people remember your idea, make sure they remember you.


2/ Get to the point quickly

A survey conducted by Williams, J. R. in 1998 showed that a speech is recommended to be 150–160 words per minute maximum, as this is the range that people most comfortably hear and speak words.

Therefor, you have to choose the right words to explain your project and the problem it solves. A good way to do so is by using a story to explain your idea. Creating a context, or highlighting a problem everyone faces will help you reach the audience and convince them quickly.

You should also think about using a “High Level Concept”. By referring to a well-known concept it will be easier to explain your project’s specificities.


3/ Show why you are the right person to solve this problem

Once you have brought up the issue, not only will you have to explain why your idea could solve the problem, but you will also have to show that your background and knowledge makes you the right person to solve it.


4/ Ask for specific skill sets

Being specific in the profiles you are looking for has two main advantages:

  • Firstly, your project will appear to be thought out, as you know exactly what kind of people you want on your team.
  • Secondly, by targeting specific profiles you have a better chance to reach people in the audience, making them feel that they have a place in your project.


5/ Be yourself

You have to be yourself to convince the audience to join you, even if that means being nervous or whatever else. People in the audience are just as human as you are, they will understand if you are nervous. If you are trying to be someone else, people will probably see through you, making them less likely to join your project.



Global Startup Battle

by Startup Weekend Byron Bay

Startup Weekend Byron Bay is officially participating in the Global Startup Battle held over Global Entrepreneurship Week.

There are more than 200 other cities battling it out – from Annaba in Algeria to Chipata in Zambia.

Other Australian cities taking part in the battle include

  • Gold Coast
  • Perth
  • Toowoomba
  • Cairns

Tweet Startup Weekend Byron Bay to victory in the hashtag battle. #StartupByron

Global Entrepreneurship Mixes With Local Creativity

by StartInno

Startup Weekends bring together ideas and people who can act on ideas in a way that quickly tests and validates your dream within 54 hours at far less cost, time and personal angst than anyone can do alone. In a room of hipsters, hackers and hustlers you will articulate and refine and test and validate your idea in super-quick time.
And you can win prizes and enormous glory while you do it

Startup Weekend Byron Bay kicks off on Friday November 20 and completes Sunday the 22nd and is cohosted by SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay and StartInno in the Ewingsdale Road Campus and Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate respectively.

The weekend is part of Global Startup Battle 2015 which means local creatives and entrepreneurs will be joining of thousands of innovators from across the globe for one of the most innovative weekends of the year. Byron Bay will be one of the 250 cities competing to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.

And its not all about tech either. Technology is often a driver and enabler of change but good ideas must also satisfy business needs and provide a purpose that compels a customer to take up the product or service. Hence rounding out your idea in a broad forum is critical to developing its validity. Startup Weekends around the world have brought together designers, creatives or anyone with business ideas together with tech to produce amazing things!

So whether you have new ideas or just want to see and hear the latest in innovation get along and participate as either a player or sponsor. Go to Startup Weekend Byron Bay and grab a ticket for what is shaping up to be a great weekend.

Startup Weekend Byron Bay – venue confirmed

By Startup Weekend Byron Bay

We are excited to announce that the first Startup Weekend Byron Bay is officially going ahead on the weekend of 20-22 November 2015 now we have a confirmed venue.

The event will be co-hosted by SAE Creative Media Institute and StartInno innovation and co-working hub.

Friday night will kick off at SAE’s Ewingsdale Road Campus with registration, networking and pitches.  On Saturday teams will work together at StartInno’s co-working space on the Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate and return next door to the auditorium at SAE on Sunday afternoon for final pitches and judging.

 About SAE

SAE, with 54 campuses in 28 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Australia, they proudly offer government accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees across 6 disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, and Web & Mobile

 About StartInno

StartInno is a startup and innovation and co-working hub based in Byron Bay. By offering high performance coaching and mentorship, together with a creative co-working space, StartInno helps new or existing businesses grow and reach their potential. StartInno specialises in digital transformation to enable innovation, from product concept prototypes, tech startups and corporate enterprises to leverage new technologies and platforms that allow them to grow.