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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Not just Startup Weekend but a FinTech Edition Startup Weekend!

Financial Technology, also known as FinTech, is a line of business based on using software to provide financial services.  This will be the first FinTech themed Startup Weekend and anyone with a passion for financial technology is welcome!



Mar 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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SWMELB #4 Wrap-Up

by dineshgeorge

Congratulations to all the participants at #SWMELB. We saw some great pitches! We would also like to thank all the […]

A Mega Thank You

by dineshgeorge

Startup Weekend Melbourne was a huge success! You guys killed it with your presentations and your entrepreneurship spirit that was […]

And the winner is…

by dineshgeorge

Congratulations to all participants. You guys have truly impressed us with your enthusiasm and awesome presentations. Here are the winners: […]

Judging criteria

by dineshgeorge

Alright teams, we have listed the judging criteria for the Sunday presentation. You should be working towards achieving these to […]

#SWMELB Pre-party!

by dineshgeorge

That’s right! In light of the upcoming Startup Weekend Melbourne we are having a pre-party for you to meet fellow […]