Startup Weekend Central Coast is part of a global movement of startups. In Australia the startup scene is extremely active. The StartupWeekend event format has been held six times in Adelaide with great success, with the most recent winner now receiving a scholarship from Flinders University.
After struggling to find the perfect present for his mother’s birthday, Michael Goudas came up with an idea to help others faced with the same predicament. The team of http://giftoidau.wix.com/giftoid is now off to Venture Dorm with a scholarship, will also receive $3000 of consulting services from BDO and six months co-working space with eNVIsion.
“I think what differentiated us was that not a lot of the other people actually focused on the business aspect,” Goudas says. “I was able to be a little bit more realistic with my expectations, and maybe that’s something that rang true with the judges.
“We had a good balance with the pitch,” he says. “We covered off on a lot of things, and we had mock-ups of the website, some sales, and we’d thought about how we are going to manage this business.”
It was a “massive rush” to go from pitching the initial idea on Friday night, gathering a team together, developing the startup, and pitching it to a panel of judges on Sunday night, Goudas says.