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From Friday evening 11th March to Sunday 13th March 2016, Brisbane will be hosting Australia’s very second Startup Weekend for Health where up to 100 health entrepreneurs will spend 54 hours formulating and pitching a new health related business. The Weekend is not for profit and volunteer run.

Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. They are a global phenomenon that has seen over 1,000 events held in over 150 cities worldwide, see here. The weekend events are centred on action, innovation, and education.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic concept creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of entrepreneurs and health experts. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. Queensland has already hosted 8 Startup Weekends across the state.

Australia’s first startup health weekend was held last year:

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The Big Challenge?

The event will be the first in Australia that specifically targets Health, and for good reason. The pressures on health innovation are clear: ageing population, chronic disease burden, escalating costs, mental health and indigenous health challenges. At the same time, shifts in technology – Internet, devices, mobility, genetics, cloud processing etc. – are enabling new health service paradigms projecting a 1 trillion dollar shift in health spending moving to innovation.

There will be massive change. It is imperative for Queensland to play its role in this innovation.

Startup Weekends are a way of doing just that.This will be the second Startup Weekend solely focused on Health in Australia! It will be hosted at Queensland’s iconic Translational Health Institute (TRI) co-situated with the PA Hospital in Brisbane.

Who does the Health innovation weekend target?

Health has a very broad definition and the organisers of the Weekend will be reaching out a broad range of sectors including: acute care and hospitals; General Practitioners; remote, mental and indigenous health; allied health; fitness and wellness providers, funders / insurers; aged care settings; and health researchers.

Cross collaboration is critical to new thinking and we will be seeking participants and coaches representing all of the above sectors as well as technologists and developers, designers and entrepreneurs from outside the health domain.

Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Participants in the Health Startup Weekend will come from a variety of backgrounds, such as: Clinicians | Healthcare professionals | Researchers | Non-Technical Entrepreneurs | Developers | Designers | Students

What you’ll get out of the event:

Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Mentorship: Local health, tech and startup leaders participate and give feedback to participants.

Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

Fun: During the weekend working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.

Solve local problems with your ideas. Do you think that one of your idea can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.

Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!

Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup

Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or give marketing a try. With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.

Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.

Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! Unique shirts and startup kit are in the bag thanks to our local and global sponsors.

Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable ($99, only $49 for students). Your ticket includes meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

How will the weekend be publicised?

Organisers will be utilising both traditional media and social media channels to publicise the event. In parallel, we will be using channels from a range of health stakeholders both private and public to advertise the event. We will also be videoing the weekend so make yourself known.

Where do I sign up?

For more details and to purchase your ticket click here.

Thanks for your consideration!

Health Startup Weekend Organising Committee


Horst Thomson