Startup Weekend: Battle report
by Mitchell Tweedie, Nov 28, 2017
Every year, Global Entrepreneurship Week ends with a bang. At Startup Weekend tens of thousands of people across the world pitch ideas, network, create teams, start businesses and celebrate entrepreneurship.
Organised by @AaronBirkby and co-hosted by @Fishburners and @RiverCityLabs, Startup Weekend Brisbane (#SWBNE17) was a smashing success. Starting on Friday (17 November) and wrapping up on Sunday (19 November), it attracted around 50 pitchers and hundreds of participants to The Precinct. Those in attendance included seasoned entrepreneurs, recent graduates and even high school students.
Startup Weekend works a little bit like a hackathon. First comes the open mic pitches. Then people decide which idea they want to work on over the weekend, breaking up into teams. Teams then have until Sunday to validate their business models and write killer pitches. Pitch 2.0.
So, how did Brisbane?
Winners and bigger winners
Not only were there 0 legal disputes over equity in companies only a day or two old, but the pitches were awesome. We saw chatbot onboarding pitched by Codebots Community Builder Rosie, AirBnB for coworking spaces and farm to table transparency powered by blockchain.