How do I protect my idea at the Weekend?

This is a great question and we get it quite a lot.  It demonstrates passion and personal commitment to innovation. While the topic will get discussed  more fully at the Friday night introduction, here is some things to consider to give it perspective.

  1. Whoever pitches the idea needs to make their IP intentions clear to the team over the weekend.  It is really up to the idea owner to negotiate and be transparent with their team members.
  2. Most ideas have already been thought of somewhere in the world and it is those entrepreneurs that can execute well with laser customer / patient focus that will succeed.   The focus of the weekend is on executing and validating a business, not so much on the an invention or discovery specifically.
  3. There is of course a range of research knowledge and invention where inadvertent public disclosure can be a really big deal.  One way participants can deal with this at a Weekend is to wrap that knowledge inside a “secret sauce” package.  Just pitch that the package does something special without revealing any IP inside, and then focus the team on the weekend to use that package to build a business upon. Sometimes easier said than done 🙂
  4. There is also a possibility for you to bring along your own Non-disclosure Agreement and convince folk that want to join your idea to to signup.  As organisers however, we will not be able to be a party to those Agreements or represent them as being appropriate and you may scare off possible collaborators.
  5. If in the end, you are really worried, then just don’t pitch the idea.  Bring along a different idea or join another team and learn through collaborating on their idea.  You will learn heaps about the startup process either way that you can then apply to your original idea later.

As a final comment, there is no formal protection for IP by the organisers at the Weekend.  It is a public event,  the pitches will be made to a public audience and you will be working in an open space with collaborators and mentors.  Keep any secret sauce up your sleeve.

Please note that we have IP Australia as a Gold Sponsor at Brisbane’s Startup Weekend for Health and they will be mentoring as well to help answer specific questions at the weekend.

The Right Conditions

Right Conditions

Portugal just received some of the biggest waves ever ridden. The right combination of Swell, Storm, Wind, and and Underwater Canyon were exactly what was required to produce waves over 70 meters tall, some of the biggest waves in the world.

We have a similar swell approaching Australia, Expecting to hit Brisbane March 27th 2015.

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The conditions are just right for launching Australia’s first startup weekend for Health Tech. We have Crisis in health care, an epidemic of inefficiencies, an exploding old age curve and a rapid evolution of technology and knowledge ready for innovative application.

Big wave surfers rarely surf alone, they head out with a well equipped, experienced team. The team can make the difference between experiencing peak exhilaration and death.

Startup Health Tech Weekend is run with help from experienced mentors. When you jump in to this start up weekend, you will get feedback and insight from experienced players in tech, innovation and design. Mentors from Hills, Telstra, iLabs, Feros, Virtual Medical Office, Pitcher Partners and others have already stepped up to take part. Mentors will help to clear some of the guess work around your innovation, allowing you to accelerate your idea to MVP in record time.

Individuals or groups will arrive in the evening on Friday the 27th. Ideas folks will pitch their ideas and gain collaboration from others to get the game rolling.

Whether you have an idea you want to develop, would like the chance to contribute to innovation,or would like first hand experience of the canvas method of startup creation, Startup Health Tech Weekend is for you.

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The right conditions are lining up to provide thrill, exhilaration and life changing experience for those willing to get into the water. Get your ticket here.

Why you should participate in the Startup Weekend for Health

Australia's First Startup Weekend for Health

What is a Startup Weekend for Health?

From Friday evening 27th March to Sunday 29th March 2015, Brisbane will be hosting Australia’s very first 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. Check out a recent Sunshine Coast event here.


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 at an accelerating rate as evidenced by the $5B that has been invested in Health startups in the USA in 2014.
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 first 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.
Solve health problems with your ideas. Do you think that one of your idea can change your town or have a positive impact on the world? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.
Mentorship: Local health, tech and startup leaders participate and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, passionate entrepreneurs- like you!
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.
Have fun: During the weekend working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.
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! Click here to learn more about some of the offers our Global Sponsors provide during the event.
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..

Help us get the word out!

We are also looking for all channels to get the word out.  If you have a mailing list or a newsletter that you think can help us out, please let us know.  References to the weekend on your social media are also welcome.  We can send you information or reference links to the Health Startup Weekend.

Where do I sign up?       For more details and to purchase your ticket register here.register

Thanks for your consideration!

Health Startup Weekend Organising Committee


Sponsor Callout – Australia’s very first Startup Weekend for Health

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Queensland’s Health Entrepreneurs Need Your Help!  Now!

In February 2015, Brisbane will be hosting Australia’s very first 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.  If you are an organisation that values innovation in healthcare, then we need your support.

The Challenge?

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 etc. – are enabling new health service paradigms at an accelerating rate.   $5B is predicted to be invested in Health startups in the US in 2014.

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.

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon that has seen over 1000 events held in over 150 cities world wide.  At each Weekend, entrepreneurs, experts and builders come together for 54 hours to take an idea, form teams, validate and build a business, and pitch to judges.

Queensland has already hosted 8 Startup Weekends across the state.   Check out a recent Sunshine Coast event

This will be the first Startup Weekend solely focussed on Health in Australia!

  • We need sponsors
  • We need mentors, and
  • We need networks to spread the word
  • If you can help in any of the above, please contact:

Bernie Woodcroft,

Lead Organiser, Health Starup Weekend

0402 893 117

Startup Weekend Brisbane announces ‘’ as overall winning concept from the 54 hour battle.

Over 150 people gathered at River City Labs on Friday to watch 44 different ideas pitched on the launch night of Startup Weekend Brisbane 2014. Out of the 44 pitches, concepts were voted on culminating into 13 working startup teams. After 54 hours of planning, collaborating coding, eating and drinking, team emerged winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend 2014.  position themselves as ‘Car dealer’s worst nightmare’. They analyse listed prices from car websites across the country so that you can find the best deal.

Team lead Christopher Drake said “Our platform will change the way people look at pricing when buying or selling used cars. It will no longer be difficult to negotiate a discount with a used car dealers as their nationally listed prices  bring transparency to the industry.  We are providing useful easy to understand data for people that will remove power from traditional dealers which have monopolised the market for so long.” 

As winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend, the team took home a $4,000 business package from sponsor Hanrick Curran which will provide business support services for 12 months. The team of seven also received three months casual membership at River City Labs plus an XBOX One from Microsoft.

Runner up and the prize for overall execution went to Go Leaderboard founded by Brisbane game developer Glen Arrowsmith who also took home an XBOX One for the team.

River City Labs founder and active startup investor Steve Baxter said the talent in the room at this event was the best he had seen in the past three years of hosting Startup Weekend events at River City Labs.

“Out of the 80 participants we had 20 registered developers which is an encouraging sign for Brisbane. Normally we have less than that so technical talent is stretched across teams. This year we had a great mix of tech, designers and business people proving more people are engaging in the Startup sector and wanting to get involved. It is very encouraging. “Steve said.

Local sponsor Microsoft offered a prize to the best team who developed on Azure which went to team ‘CaterMe’ – a digital solution for storing, managing and tracking dietary requirements for event attendees.   Team leader Jo Keong is a member of Student Entrepreneurial society Idea Network. The team took home two Lumia 930 phones.

Other teams worthy of mention include Judges’ favourite “AreYouChicken”, “MovieApe” and ‘EatCheat’ which won spirit of Startup Weekend Award for their energy, enthusiasm and futuristic thinking.  Lunch on the Saturday was ordered and delivered via EatCheat and delivered by drone.

The tagline was “You choose the meals and we source the cheapest ingredients and deliver it via drone.” Currently the drones are of human kind with robotic versions coming soon.

Startup Weekend Brisbane is an intense 54 hour event where a community of local entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, web and software developers, designers, marketing gurus came together to launch 13 different startups.  Tweets across the weekend can be found by tracking the official @swbne account and #swbne14 hashtag. All official photos are located on here:

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Team TeamBrisbane

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs hosting over 1068 events across 478 cities that have created over 8,000, Startups through 100,000 highly motivated entrepreneurs. No talk, all action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

Visit  for more details  on Sponsors, Mentors, Organisers, Facilitators and the full weekend program.

Contact Details:

Media Contact: Peta Ellis E: M: 0420 374 733

30 down 24 to go, what Startup Weekend looks like on Saturday night #SWBNE14

Startup Weekend Brisbane October 24th, 2014

River City Labs has hosted three Startup Weekends in the past three years. Each year at around 8pm on Saturday night the participants struggle.  They are tired and wonder what made them sign up to do this event in the first place – heck, it’s Saturday night and everyone is sitting at their computer still.

Most people only get a few hours sleep after the first Friday night full of energetic   pitches. Saturday morning everyone is keen to  return to meetup with their new found team members and start fleshing out their ideas.

Lunchtime comes around really fast on the Saturday as teams are still working out what they are doing, establishing who their potential customers may be, who is having the problem they thought needed solving and if they can do what they said they wanted to do in Friday’s pitch.

Like saints, the Mentors arrive and help  teams work through any issues and help steer them back on track and share their experience and knowledge in the areas needed. Working on a Startup is hard at the best of times yet with a brand new team,  new found problem to solve and different personalities to deal with, it can be a challenge.

Saturday afternoon is pivot time. Nothing makes you decide what to do quicker  than the looming deadline of less than 24 hours to go. Some stick to their guns and keep on building. Others decide to ditch their original idea and pick a whole new problem to work with. Better late than never and invalid assumptions make it easier to get rid of things that aren’t working.

After being fed and watered again at dinner, the lack of sleep and too much coffee and sugar starts to take its toll.  It’s not uncommon to feel battered, bruised and brain fried at Startup Weekend.

8pm is dark hour.

I have seen it three times now at all 3 Startup Weekends here at River City Labs. Chocolate, cakes, lollies, tea and coffee help. With the highs come the lows and vise versa. 8pm is low and 9pm is high. The sugar kicks in and gives everyone a boost to keep going. Something happens around 10pm, tonight we had some high fives and big wins with teams seeing sign ups and real (new) customer interaction.

Each time I run a Startup Weekend I almost forget how tiring it is and I’m only the organiser, I am not even building a Startup. Everyone feels it,  some thrive and some crumble, but by Sunday night all the lows are forgotten and people want to know when the next event is.

This is what keeps us all going,  contagious energy.

Take a look at the photos so far.

We will live stream our Startup Weekend Brisbane final pitches on YouTube here.

Full winners details will be posted here after Sunday night October 26th.


Lead Organiser, Startup Weekend Brisbane