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Tickets are now on sale for Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast 2015, and they are selling fast.

Building on the success of the inaugural 2014 event, Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast 2015 will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) on May 8-10. The intensive, inspiring 54-hour event will connect budding local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves in hands-on entrepreneurship.

Over the course of the weekend participants will form teams, collaborate on ideas and connect with professional mentors, with the intent of building their own startup. Dr Retha Scheepers, lead organiser and entrepreneurship lecturer in the Business School at USC, said Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast is designed to foster innovation and create a vibrant, supportive and inclusive startup community on the Sunshine Coast.

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“Startup Weekend is a great action learning opportunity, bringing together a range diverse skillsets and harnessing entrepreneurial energy,” Dr Scheepers said. “Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast believes entrepreneurship is a driving force whereby we can create jobs across the Coast, uniting and growing our community. During the weekend participants learn by doing, surrounded by abundant resources.”

The Australian Startup Weekend community labelled the 2014 Sunshine Coast event as one of the most successful Startup Weekend events in regional Australia to date. The event sold out two weeks prior and directly engaged with more than 240 participants, creating significant impact in the local community.

The 2015 event will be bigger and better, thanks to the quality of local talent of experienced entrepreneurs and the support of event partners such as USC, the Queensland State Government, Sunshine Coast Council, Regional Development Australia and the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.

Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg said events like Startup Weekend are crucial to diversifying the local economy.

“The Sunshine Coast already has a vibrant, growing startup community, and Startup Weekend offers a great opportunity for local organisations to support action-driven entrepreneurship and innovation,” Paddenburg said.

“Startup Weekend is a community-driven event – it’s about building the local ecosystem by equipping entrepreneurs with the skills, connections and hands-on experience they need to create and launch their own ventures.”

Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast is on May 8-10 at the University of the Sunshine Coast.   To purchase tickets go to http://bit.ly/1FJw9QE

Anne Lawrence