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Sep 20
  • 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


Sep 21
  • 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


Sep 22
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors

Larry Lopez

Partner, Australian Venture Consultants   |   LinkedIn

Larry has extensive experience working with startup companies in Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel. Prior to moving to Perth in 2006, he spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank, a publicly traded US financial services company specialising in technology finance. During his tenure at SVB he was the founder of the Bank’s international venture capital practice and responsible for the Bank’s activities in Europe, Israel and Australia.

Charlie Gunningham

GM of Digital, Business News   |   LinkedIn

Originally from the UK, Charlie lived and worked in Singapore for 8 years before arriving in Perth to do an MBA at UWA in 1997. Graduating top of the Business School, in 1999 he cofounded, an online real estate business which pioneered interactive mapping on the web. The company won various IT and Business Awards and in 2003 he was a 40under40 winner.

Charlie sold to REIWA in 2010, and continued working there until earlier this year, when he took up an exciting role at GM of Digital at Business News.

Sheryl Frame

Case Manager, Commercialisation Australia   |   LinkedIn

Sheryl has worked in diverse public and private sector business and industry, including resources, healthcare, biometrics and IT. She maintains positions on the Executive Board of Australian Women in IT, Science and Engineering (AWISE), as Vice President since 2008, and as Secretary of Women in Technology WA (WITWA) since 2006.

Sheryl began her career studying physiotherapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa but moved quickly into the technology sector, initially with a start-up software company, and later with IBM where she had varied roles – initially on the technical side as a systems engineer and programmer, and later in sales, marketing and management.

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.

Greg Riebe

Chairman, WA Angel Investors   |   LinkedIn

Greg is a co-founder and current Chairman of the WA Angel Investors network and is an active Angel Investor. Greg’s investment experience was forged in 2001 as the CEO of an early stage Investment Management fund focused on emerging technology-based businesses. Since 2008, Greg has built his own portfolio of technology-based businesses as well as being invited to share his experience and skills as a business adviser, mentor and Non-Executive Director to a number of emerging technology businesses. His current passion to help emerging technology companies become investment ready, especially in the mining and energy sector.

Gold Sponsors

Claire Robertson

Co-Director, Founder Institute   |   LinkedIn

Claire moved back to Perth last year, after 6 years in London where she was Product & Marketing Director for, the largest online pet supplies retailer in the UK. Having started her professional life as a veterinarian Claire joined MedicAnimal as the company's vet and employee #5, eventually leading MedicAnimal's marketing and product effort through an institutional fundraising round and a competitor acquisition.

Since returning to Perth, Claire has worked as a digital marketing and ecommerce consultant for businesses ranging from startup to enterprise. Claire is passionate about all things digital and is throwing herself into the local startup community, including co-launching a Perth chapter of the Founder Institute.

Justin Strharsky

MD, Synaptor   |   LinkedIn

Justin is the Managing Director of Synaptor, a Perth-based startup that is changing the way companies ensure the safety of their people and the environment with innovative mobile and web applications.

Justin has owned businesses in Alaska and the Czech Republic, has produced a concert and an album, has roasted coffee, has written documents on enterprise management software solutions, and has helped Morning Startup become one of the most popular get-togethers in the Perth startup community.

Laurie Smithdale

Founder,   |  

A startup veteran and founder/creator of, one of Australia's most popular websites.

Passionate about watersport, technology, playing guitar & helping others (not necessarily in that order!)

Corey Ginnivan

Designer   |   LinkedIn

At only 22, Corey has been in the Digital Design industry for more than 4 years. Over those years he's held 3 roles at various agencies and creative studios, started his own freelance company and has been heavily involved in the startup scene.

His passion lies in Web, Windows 8 and Windows Phone app design - having the CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, recently announce one of his apps [Panagraph] at their biggest launch yet in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Corey is currently a Senior Designer at Sumo Group.

Cyrus Eftos

Designer   |   LinkedIn

Cyrus is a 23 year old Designer & Front end Dev, he's been in & out of the industry for nearly six years. He has experience working in Government, Agencies and Startups with previous jobs including Dept of Commerce & Pin Payments and is currently involved in local startup Liveability. He currently works at Juicebox Creative designing sites and apps in the Special Projects Dept.

Jay Whiting

Developer   |   LinkedIn

Jay is a freelance web developer with a Bachelor of Awesome, working mainly on web applications. He has worked with a variety of startups over the past 3 years, and is heavily involved within the Perth startup scene.

At the last Startup Weekend, Jay was part of the winning team, iConnect Catering. Over the course of the weekend, he created a fully functioning prototype of a food-ordering application.

Jeremy Lu

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Jeremy is a man who wears many hats. As co-founder of GroupMap, he has developed an online application which promotes collaboration and consensus building in large group settings, predominantly in education, work team meetings, conferences and corporate workshops.

As an educator, he teaches aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs at Curtin University, using real case studies, interactive learning and interviews with Entrepreneurs in Perth.

Jeremy has received 6 faculty prizes for excellence in teaching and student evaluations, and has been a standout participant at two Startup Weekends to boot!

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