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Startup Weekend for Health Brisbane

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Samih Nabulsi explaining why Cook Medical is supporting the Startup Weekend for Health.

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Cook Medical’s General Manager Samih Nabulsi explaining why Cook Medical is supporting the next Startup Weekend for Health

IP Australia promotes the value of Startup Weekend for Health

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Global Business Challenge and Health innovation

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 3.00.47 pmVideo of Dr Peter Bevan highlighting the challenge of health innovation

Dr Peter Bevan from QUT is organising the next Global Business Challenge later in 2016.  It focuses on Health as well. Check it out here

Compete for the chance to win $AUD 325,000 in cash and prizes AND a host other possible benefits.

Maybe your health startup weekend idea can flourish and take out the Global Business Challenge!

If you are interested in the GBC, you should register so you can also be viewed by teams who may want to collaborate with you. Registration is free.  You just need to complete the 1 pager tech register page for you tech on the GBC website.

What is this health innovation weekend all about?

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


Winners of Startup Weekend Brisbane Women announced


Congratulations to the winners of Startup Weekend Brisbane Women

Startup hub and co-working community River City Labs has announced that car wash service startup, airSponge, has taken out RCL’s inaugural Startup Weekend Brisbane Women event.

Launched in just 54 hours by business partners, Areej Alsheikh and Amin Bazzaz, airSponge connects people wanting to get their car washed for a set price with people in the vicinity willing to come and wash it for them.

Areej Alsheikh, Co-Founder of airSponge, said: “Startup Weekend Brisbane Women was one of the most enriching experiences for my business partner, Amin and I. It was a bit intimidating at first not knowing what to expect, however as soon as we dove into the project, the adrenaline started pumping and we were able to complete one milestone after the other. The weekend was so much fun, incredibly useful, and very well organised.”

For winning Startup Weekend Brisbane Women, airSponge took away a business package from accounting firm, Hanrick Curran.

Ms Alsheikh added: “The next major step for airSponge involves redeeming the prize by getting consultancy on our business structure – we plan to register our business in the near future and will potentially be joining a startup accelerator program.”

Peta Ellis, General Manager of River City Labs, said: “We saw a promising turn out at our first Startup Weekend Brisbane event for women. It was so great to see these ladies in an environment where they felt comfortable enough to just go for it – the airSponge team is certainly testament to that.”

“On a personal level, it was incredibly reassuring to see how much support the wider startup community threw behind the organisation and running of the event. My hat goes off to all those who came down to be part of it and assist in getting these startup teams’ ideas off the ground.”

CUA General Manager of Business Transformation and Technology, Sue Coulter, was a panel judge at Startup Weekend Brisbane Women and said there were some strong ideas pitched by participants.

Ms Coulter commented: “While it is good to have a dedicated platform for women to pitch their ideas, the message is very much to keep going. Now they have experience at this kind of event, we want to see them take part in other startup events involving both men and women.

“CUA also gained valuable insight into the agile and fast-moving mentality adopted by startups, and how it might be possible to apply the same principles in a larger organisation.”


Startup Weekend Brisbane Women is an event focused on empowering, fostering and mentoring female startup companies and inspiring them to take risks and develop innovative thinking.

Congratulations to other #SWBNEwomen Winners:


Brilliant STEM Speakers


Video wrap of Australia's First Startup Weekend for Health

So what is a health startup weekend all about?  Check out this montage from Australia’s First Startup Weekend held March 2015 in Brisbane Australia.

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Listen to team interviews and learn what Australia's 1st Startup Weekend was all about

Hack and Heckle podcasts spent some time interviewing all of the teams at Australia’s First Startup Weekend for Health to get some great insights into their experience across the 54 hours, and to hear their new business ideas.

Also hear from Queensland Shark Tank shark Steve Baxter (36m:35s), who popped in to see what new ideas were coming through, Aaron Birkby, chief facilitator (40:00), and Bernie Woodcroft (45:30) lead organiser for the Weekend.

Thanks to Darren Rogan, CTO Mindstar and founder at Hack and Heckle podcast for pulling this together.

Goto Hack and Heckle – Startup Weekend for Health podcast episode

Australia's First Startup Weekend for Health – it's a wrap

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Australia’s very first Startup Weekend for Health was awesome.  Thanks to all of the passion, commitment and talent from all of the participants, mentors and organisers and of course our generous sponsors.

There are some winners of course, but the biggest outcome was the variety of health of ideas brought to the Weekend and how participants made the most of the opportunity to link up with new people who bring entirely different skills to the table.

The range of startup ideas was impressive – devices that manage pressure sores in incapacitated patients, clinical patient dashboards for hospitals, emergency department kiosks,  apps that link observed behaviours, locations and personal medical history to induce behavioural change and improve health outcomes, mental health systems, a device that reduces risks of misreading drug labels, a population health system that reduces health risks through personal water testing, a cloud system for heart monitoring and a system that enhances the connection of new parents with their neo-natal care babies.

All mashed together in 54 hours of intense creative activity.

The event featured kickoff speeches from some Queensland luminaries – Professor Ian Frazer, inventor of the Gardasil vaccine, and Dr Geoff Garrett, Queensland’s Chief Scientist.

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Prizes.  So here’s how it all ended up…

Overall Winner and Best Validation – Dr Know – Reminders for health checkups

Best Business / Execution – Happy Bum  – System for managing pressure sores

  • Prize – Presentation / Q+A with Queensland Health’s CTO Colin McCrirrick and his executive team + Guest pitch spot at HealthTechMeetup group’s next meeting on April 14 at Cook Medical.

Best Pitch and Best CollaboronautTriosk – Kiosk for Emergency Department triage.

  • Prizes – Guest pitch spot at HealthTechMeetup group’s next meeting on April 14 at Cook Medical
  • Collaboranaut is a phrase stolen from Queensland’s Chief Scientist and is awarded to the team or person who through their actions across the weekend bring together disparate skills and approaches to take on the stars.

Team SAVE was also awarded the opportunity for a presentation + Q+A with Queensland Health’s CTO Colin McCrirrick and his executive team, as well as automatic entry into ilab’s Germinate Selection Bootcamp.

Team MediChecker was awarded free strategy consultation with Cole Wilkinson of Pitcher Partners

Team HeartBit was awarded automatic entry into ilab’s Germinate Selection Bootcamp.

Honourable mentions also to Respire, Don’t Eat Here, MindHealth and Purity.

Some photos can be found at  

SW guru and facilitator extraordinaire Aaron Birkby did a great radio interview about the weekend on ABC Gold Coast

Raw video from Dee Deng (Hire-Hive) is in the tin ready for editing.  Stay tuned for its release coming in few weeks.

If you want you are interested in taking your entrepreneurial startups passion further, then you can check out the following:

All hail our sponsors!!

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The Translational Research Institute where we were hosted in fantastic facility.  Great auditorium, excellent works space and wonderful atrium area to chill out.

The State Government of Queensland who made a great contribution from the Startup Queensland Fund

Intuit Quickbooks, fantastic national sponsor of Startup Weekends

elance, another of our fantastic Startup Weekend national sponsors

Cook Medical, IP Australia, ilab Startup Accleerator,  MindstarMedAxs , QUT IHBI / BlueBoxAustralian eHealth Research CentreSuncorp, Altezza, Pitcher Partners and the Australian Medical Association Queensland








Startup Weekend for Health Brisbane has its own mobile app!

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Life will made easier for participants in the upcoming Startup Weekend for Health in Brisbane with the release of our very own mobile app – for both Android and Apple no less.

This will be fantastic mobile tool for participants to see updates to schedules, check out mentor backgrounds, finding your way to and inside the TRI venue, tweeting updates etc.
Make sure you share with your friends and colleagues.
We are very privileged to have this tool built for us by our awesome health sponsor – Mindstar. Make sure you talk with Darren Rogan of Mindstar who will be at the event helping out as a mentor.
For Apple ios, click here.  Google Android, click here.  or search for Startup Weekend Health in the app stores.