Startup Weekend: What's Next?

With the new year upon us, you’re likely thinking about what’s next for your startup idea and team.  In reality, you may well find your team changing from the one formed at Startup Weekend as the focus, priorities and even the idea itself changes.

If you’ve not had a chance to chat with your team since Townsville Startup Weekend 2015, now’s a perfect time to have that discussion.  For those forming new teams from bigger teams, we strongly encourage you to have an open and honest talk with all in your original group about the future of your idea.  You never know how people might help you in the long run!  We can’t stress the importance of this tough but crucial conversation.

You’ll earn the respect of others by being upfront and open about what you want to do and who you want to work with.  You can engage former group mates as long term supporters, even if they aren’t continuing as team members.  Doing this will help you get the best outcomes for your concepts.

If you’ve left your team or your former team decides to proceed without you, don’t take it personally; focus on your opportunities going forward!  You can even pursue your original Startup Weekend idea or something similar with a brand new team.  If you’re looking for people to work with, post on our Facebook group, join in the regular Meetups (next one is Wednesday 20 Jan 2016) and talk to others from Startup Weekend and wider startup community.  The 2015 organising team are across all of these platforms, but if you’ve got specific questions, you can also email David, Lauren or John at townsville@startupweekend.org.

For more thoughts, check out The “What Next Monster”, a great post by Nick Stevens regarding what comes next after a Startup Weekend, and helps explain the road ahead.

As a community, we want you to have an awesome experience and help build a strong startup community.  Communities talk, so get the conversations happening – you never know where it’ll lead you!








Townsville is Collectively Starting Something Creative

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You need a great team when building a startup, and between team members many hats are worn.  One common skillset in startups is creative work – from creating effective online platform formats for tech-based products, to designing products and packaging, to advertisements and more.

So who in the North is at hand to add their creative expertise?  And who in the Northern Australian creative industries is tapping into the region’s growing startup community, understanding its needs as the concepts grow?  These are the questions that led to a great ‘cross-sector mingle’ event between Startup Townsville and the Creative Industries Sector at JCU City Campus recently.

As luck would have it, both groups had arranged events in the same building on the same night.  This was too good an opportunity to miss!

Over a few drinks and nibbles, techies and entrepreneurs met graphic artists, film makers and more.  We talked about the creative process, the benefits of talking early when developing a concept, and some of the common challenges faced by both sectors here in the North.  But what was clear is there is strength in collaboration, and these two sectors are a great match to support, inspire, share and grow together here in the North.

The  Startup Townsville Community would like to extend our thanks to Eileen Larsen and Alex Christopher from JCU’s School of Creative Arts for opening the doors to our yearling community group and we look forward to working together more in the future…to create something great!

Did you miss the last Startup Townsville event?  Don’t fear!  We will be holding another one on 7 October, at JCU City Campus with a focus on idea generation in preparation for this year’s Townsville Startup Weekend on 20-22 November.  Head over to www.meetup.com/TownsvilleStartupsMeetup  for more info.

Until then….stay creative

Lauren Heritage-Brand

Co-organiser, Townsville Startup Weekend 2015








Event Pics – Townsville Startup Weekend 2014

Guest Post by Roslyn Budd, check original version here.

Startup Weekend Townsville
November 21st, 2014

I was intrigued to find out more about the Startup Group in Townsville so I went along to an info session a couple of months ago at James Cook University.  When I heard that there was going to be a Startup Weekend I volunteered my time to go along and photograph and video the event.   As I wasn’t going to be available the entire time I collaborated with another local photographer/designer, Elisabeth Collier, and together we covered the event for the 54 hour frenzy of activity where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch new and exciting startups.  With guest speakers, live streaming with Cairns and Gold Coast Startup weekends, and a room full of enthusiasm and energy, the event was hailed an overwhelming success.  The event would not be possible without the group of sponsors and the hard work of the organisers. Well done to all involved and I look forward to seeing the progression of future initiatives.

Check all the pics at: buddphotography.com.au/townsville-startup-weekend








Partnership: Startup Weekend and Festival of Innovation and Creativity

Hi all,

Townsville Startup Weekend and the Festival of Innovation and Creativity are excited to announce a partnership in which the teams with the best performances during the weekend will be invited to present their ideas during the Festival in the following topics:

  • Finance
  • Food
  • Fuel

We have also invited key participants of the Festival to be present on Sunday’s pitches, so we can promote an even greater knowledge exchange between the audiences of the two events.

Festival Schedule

Festival Keynote Speakers:

1. Dr John Hewson will be a special panellist in our Second Energy Futures Roundtable. He is among other things the Chair of the global Asset Owners Disclosures Project, which is heavily involved in issues related to the financial risks of climate change, and how to manage them.

2. Dr Steve Mark AM, the retired Legal Services Commissioner of NSW and former President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission, and a seriously “big brain” when it comes of social organisation, governance and public value and creative public policy development. He was for example a key player in the development of social bonds in NSW as a way of funding “non economic” public policy initiatives. He is a recipient of an Order of Australia for services to the community.

3. Dr Pradeep Taneja, Fellow (Regional Relationships) at the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne who is a global expert in China and India economic development policies and trajectories. He’ll help us better understand just where the region stands when it comes to how India and China are planning on meeting their energy needs into the future.

4. Professor Kerry Brown, all the way from Curtin University in WA,  is an internationally recognized expert on regional economic development and the role of clusters and networks. If we need a bit of inspiration about ways in which we can “reshape” how we go about things, Kerry will be able to show us the way.

5. Associate Professor Martin Blake, from the UK, who is a world-recognised leader in corporate and social sustainability. He is prolific and global. Just “Google” him!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get great exposure for your business!








Townsville Festival of Innovation and Creativity

You’re invited to the Innovation Festival!

When we look at Innovation we look past the traditional areas of the creative arts and industrial design. Innovation is about asking questions and finding new answers. And the questions can come from anywhere.

Over 3.5 jam-packed days, it aims to harness the creative energies of local and visitors from far and wide, to promote a culture that recognises that innovation is pivotal to future prosperity and resilience, and embed innovative practice as part and parcel of everyday life.

We’ll do this by tackling three broad themes: food, finance and fuel. The Festival will therefore incorporate an Energy Futures Roundtable as a specific focal area on how regional Australia (especially here in the North) is to fuel itself into the decades ahead.

Places are limited, but tickets are free! You can book directly from this site. Venue size is a constraint for starters, and we also wanted to ensure an intimate conversational atmosphere rather than run another “stand and deliver” conference. So … scroll down and register. You can also find links to some interesting “homework”, and we’ll progressively add more stuff here. A detailed program with who’s appearing at what panels and when can be downloaded.

Check out the full schedule: http://goo.gl/FXeb53

See you there!

Festival of Innovation and Creativity