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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 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!



Feb 21
  • Doors open, registration starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Go home and try to get some sleep


Feb 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams finalising plans for the day
  • Market validation - pivot, pivot, pivot!
  • Lunch
  • Call for skills
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in and shout for help
  • Hacking and hustling
  • Go home and try to get some sleep


Feb 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (almost there, don’t be shy!)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Final prepping
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap up
  • Go home!
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Matt Macfarlane

Co-Founder, Yuuwa Capital   |   LinkedIn

Matt has been both an investor and an entrepreneur in early stage ICT startups. 

Having spent 11 years in Europe working on large-scale international mergers and acquisitions, Matt returned to Australia and co-founded the Web 2.0 start-up Vibe Capital, launched the website and raising over $2.7m in funding in 2006. 

Matt is a Co-Founder and Investment Director of Perth-based Yuuwa Capital and has a particular interest in technology investments including software, web-based businesses and mobile communications. He currently holds eight directorships including with Yuuwa investee companies: iCetana (video analytics), Agworld (Cloud SaaS for farm management), Filter Squad (iOS apps) and Dealised (loyalty solutions).

Dr Marcus Tan

CEO, Health Engine   |   LinkedIn

A qualified medical practitioner with an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and over 15 years of clinical and commercial experience, Marcus is the Managing Partner of Future Health Ventures, an angel fund that invests in health technology startups. He is currently the CEO of one of its portfolio companies, HealthEngine, a consumer health site reaching around 4 million Australians a year that recently raised $10.4M from Telstra and Seven West Media Group. Marcus supports the Perth Startup Ecosystem by mentoring for The Founder Institute and being a co-organiser of Startup Weekend Perth, Silicon Beach Perth and Aurelius Digital (an angel investor dinner series). He is also a co-founder of Sync Labs, Western Australia's premier tech startup community co-working space.

Justin Scanlan

Partner, PwC

Justin is a Partner in PwC and Leader of PwC’s Technology practice in WA.
Over the course of 14 years Justin has a built a wealth of experience in
technology strategy, business transformation and large scale technology
disruption through his work with organisations such as JP Morgan, HBOS, the
European Parliament, BHP Billiton and the WA Government on major ICT and business programs.

Justin's startup experience is as the founder of a boutique business software and IT services provider in Ireland. Despite being incorporated
during the Dot Com Crash Justin has managed to successfully build the scale of the business and only recently took the opportunity to divest.

James Bromberger

Solution Architect, AWS   |   LinkedIn

Even before graduating from the University of Western Australia having studied Computer Science and French, James had already become the chief webmaster of UWA. Moving into Finance in 2000, he ran the majority of the online sharetrading web sites in Australia with Hartley Poynton/JDV (now known as Commsec Advisor Services). At this time he also became one of the global volunteers for the Debian GNU/Linux project.

In 2003 James ran the Australian national Linux conference (, and then moved to London where he worked for Canon Europe running what was, at the time, the largest online photo archive in Europe. After several years he moved to online advertising platform Vibrant Media as IT Operations Director, a platform he engineered the operations for which would see 49% of US eyes each month.

He returned to Perth in 2010, consulting for US and Australian based firms for several years, until joining Amazon Web Services and opening the Perth office in mid 2012.

Since then, James has become the official maintainer of Debian images on the Amazon Cloud in his joint role as a Debian Developer (after some 14 years), and as a Solution Architect for AWS.

Andy Lamb

Co-Founder, Atomic Sky   |   LinkedIn

Andy has been involved in IT for over 20 years with a focus on the business and entrepreneurship side for the last 5 years. His specialities include web startups, commercialisation, building and leading high performance teams and building a great business culture.

Andy moved to Perth at the age of seven ended up in IT after leaving school. He has spent time overseas and around Australia working for large corporates focused around business consulting and financial services, and how IT enables business

Whilst working for Goldman Sachs in Melbourne, Andy took a different route to the normal MBA path and completed a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Australian Graduation School of Entrepreneurship run by Swinburne University.

Earlier this year Andy co-founded a hybrid venture capital company called Atomic Sky to aid software technology startup businesses to provide the business functions and mentoring required to turn good idea to help turn it into a great business.

Andy is also the Deputy Chairperson and Committee Member of Western Australia Angel Investors.

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