Calling all . This is your weekend!


Startup Weekend for Youth 1 - 3 September 2017
Spark Bureau, 17 Ocean St, Maroochydore

Calling All Young Entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend invites budding entrepreneurs in years 10-12, to take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to prototype, in just 3 days.

Broad Range of Skills Required

You don’t have to have technical skills or have discovered your talent yet.

Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register.

Startup Weekend will propel students to launch creative business ideas by practicing the “Lean Startup” process. Students will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, conduct customer research, and work intensely to build a prototype that illustrates the potential of their business. Startup Weekend culminates in a Shark Tank style pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of local entrepreneurs.


Little Talk, All Action!

Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, determination, and focus from all participants! While each team will have access to an adult coach, every team will be expected to manage itself in order to optimize time.

The Global Startup Weekend Movement

Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch life changing ideas. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs in the world, having hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007.

See What It’s All About

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast.

The Schedule...

Day 1 - Friday

  • 4:30pm


    Arrive at the venue and get checked in (and get an awesome showbag)

  • 5:00pm

    Welcome & Speakers

    Review agenda for the weekend and introduce keynote speakers

  • 5:30pm


    Fun activity to get to know the other participants

  • 5:45pm


  • 6:15pm


    Fun activity to get to know the other participants

  • 6:30pm

    How to Pitch

    Facilitators show model pitches and give some tips

  • 7:00pm

    Pitches Start

    Optionally line up to give your pitch

  • 8:00pm


    Attendees vote for the top pitches

  • 8:30pm

    Form Teams

    Teams start forming and discussing ideas

  • 9:00pm

    Startup Weekend Youth Officially Opens

    Finished for the day, rest up, tomorrow the real work begins!

Student Registration

One low cost for the whole weekend (5 meals included!)

Friday – Sunday Access
Fully Catered while on-site 
Access to Leading Mentors and Coaches
An Opportunity to Change the Course of your Future

$50 / student


Note: Family & Friends are welcome to register to
attend for free as spectators to the Sunday afternoon pitches.
Please register on the ticketing page.

Your Judges

  • Vanessa Garrard

    Vanessa Garrard

    CEO at E3 Style
  • Daniel Proctor

    Daniel Proctor

    Founder / CEO at Student WOW Card
  • Anne Lawrence

    Anne Lawrence

    Head of Industry Development for Sunshine Coast Council
The winning team scores...

The winning team scores...

1 full hour hanging with Steve Baxter
(Shark Tank Australia).

Pick his brains, tell some jokes, or tell him all about your plans for world domination… it’s your time, use it well!

Your Coaches

  • Yvette Adams

    Yvette Adams

    Director, The Creative Collective
  • Neil Waldbaum

    Neil Waldbaum

    Principal Designer for Deep Orange Design
  • Daniel Bryar

    Daniel Bryar

    IT Manager and Consultant, FXBC Sunshine Coast
  • Deidre Marczynski

    Deidre Marczynski

    Director, Student Recruitment and Marketing, CEED Program
  • Jason Knight

    Jason Knight

    Founder of MiningLink, miiFIle and iCompLii
  • Patrick Dwyer

    Patrick Dwyer

    Government-Contracted Computer Programmer

Your Organising Team

  • Graeme Breen

    Graeme Breen

    Chairman of Startup STEAM
  • Andrea Martins

    Andrea Martins

    Entrepreneur at Greensocks
  • Ben Amos

    Ben Amos

    Creative Director at Innovate Media
  • Kyra Bellamy

    Kyra Bellamy

    Young Entrepreneur
  • Kristin Stephensen

    Kristin Stephensen

    Video Content Marketing Specialist at Innovate Media
  • Brayden Munro

    Brayden Munro

    Young Entrepreneur

Startup Weekend for Youth (Sunshine Coast) is 100% driven by volunteer community leaders.

The Venue

17 Ocean Street, Maroochydore, QLD 4558

 (07) 5459 4590



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, businesses require a range of skills to succeed. Even if you’re not sure of what your special skill is today, you’ll be sure to find your place in a team during the weekend and maybe uncover a skill or two along the way.

  • A writing pad, pen, and a laptop or tablet PC (if you have one), charges and power supply’s for your tech, and an awesome attitude for team success.

  • Parents are welcome to listen in on the final presentation evening and at the check-in points during the weekend however are encouraged to let their children shine on their own outside of these times. For child safety reasons, parents without a Blue Card can only come to the final presentation evening on the Sunday. All parents who attend are required to register for a free Sunday Pitches ticket.


Thanks also go to

Our venue host
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