Startup Weekend Adelaide Draws Sell-Out Crowd
Converging in a newly created university campus, over 100 entrepreneurs participated in the sixth Startup Weekend in Adelaide, South Australia. Tickets for the event sold out fast, with a large number of participants attending the Weekend for the first time. The event was hosted by Flinders University at their new state-of-art campus in Tonsley, south of Adelaide. Orren Prunckun, the event facilitator, said that the participation rate was a positive sign of entrepreneurial activity in South Australia. “We are thrilled with the response,” he said. “It is clear that interest in entrepreneurship is strong in Adelaide and Startup Weekend gives these participants the opportunity to see if entrepreneurship is right for them.”
Some of the innovative ideas launched at Startup Weekend include Beerfo.com, aiming to provide the widest selection of beer to the doors of its members. Another team, Stackademics, plans to provide student accommodation in shipping containers. Sasha Dragovelic, one of the Weekend’s participants said that the value of the event was clear. “Startup Weekend is not just about business planning, it is about ‘business doing,’” he said. “It is amazing that a group of people can come together one evening and actually build a real business in less than 54 hours.” With the final presentations less than five hours away at the time of writing, it is obvious that, win or lose, all the participants will walk away with valuable and practical experience in the thrilling world of entrepreneurship.
Blog Post by Ben Luks, Startup Weekend Adelaide Volunteer