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We’re so excited to welcome some of regional Queensland’s brightest entrepreneurial talent to Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast 2016 this Friday night.  

A group of startup enthusiasts from Mackay will join more than 70 local designers, developers and businesspeople for the three-day event, to be held at Spark Bureau in Maroochydore.

The group, which will also attend Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit in Brisbane on April 27-29, includes a previous winner of Startup Weekend Mackay, a previous winner of Startup Weekend Cairns and the second place, third place and People’s Choice recipients from Startup Weekend Townsville.

Jarryd Townson, who is a coach and mentor at Startup Weekend Mackay, said attending Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast would provide a valuable opportunity to forge new connections across regional Queensland’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.

We’ve got a very strong startup community in Mackay, and people are always willing to travel to compete in these kinds of events, as it allows us to see what people are doing in other regions,” he said.

“It’s also a good chance to hone our own skills. For me, it’s about looking at how I can be a better mentor and improve what we have on offer in Mackay.”

Jarryd, who is the founder of the forthcoming Split Spaces coworking space in Mackay, is also a former University of the Sunshine Coast student.

Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast organiser Retha Scheepers said the Mackay contingent would add valuable energy and experience to the local event.

“Startup Weekend is all about collaboration and learning, so we are excited to welcome seasoned participants from other parts of Queensland to share their ideas, passion and skills,” she said.

“Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast has the highest proportion of students of any regional event in Queensland and having the opportunity to work alongside people who are committed to building entrepreneurial communities is a great learning experience for everyone involved.”

One of the aims of our event is to show aspiring entrepreneurs that it’s possible to succeed in regional Australia.

“For many founders, the key to building a successful startup is not geographical location anymore, but the quality of connections and support around you,” Retha said.

“Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast showcases the enthusiasm, talent and passion within regional Queensland, and we’re excited to welcome some of Mackay’s leading entrepreneurs to the Coast.”

Tickets are still available for Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast. To register click here.

Jarna Baudinette