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York Butter Factory

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!



Jun 13
  • 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


Jun 14
  • 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


Jun 15
  • 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!
Gold Sponsor

Gabrielle McMillan

CEO, Equiem   |   LinkedIn

Gabrielle is the CEO of Equiem, which offers a new generation approach to developing and enhancing signature buildings and precincts such as the Rialto precinct.

She has extensive experience across all facets of SME business management, with an impressive track record of success in delivering growth through innovation, development & leadership.

Dave Scheine

Director, Yelp Australia   |   LinkedIn

Dave is currently the Director for Yelp Australia.

Previously, he was Yelp's Director of European Operations. David also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA of Communications from Stanford University.

Nic Hodges

Head of Innovation & Technology, Mediacom   |   LinkedIn

I'm Head of Innovation & Technology at MediaCom Australia. When I'm there, and when I'm not there, I try to make rad stuff with technology.

Simon Holland

Co-founder, UX & Strategy Director, Papercloud   |   LinkedIn

Simon is the co-founder and UX & Strategy Director of Papercloud, a digital product development company.

His expertise includes digital product strategy, tech venture commercialisation, tech business development, digital product ideation, UX design, and UI art direction.

Silver Sponsors

Leni Mayo

Director, Flippa and Sitepoint. Founding Investor, 99Designs, Influx, Learnable.   |   LinkedIn

Leni is currently a director at Flippa, Sitepoint, and Elto. He is the founding investor for startups 99Designs, Learnable, Influx, and

He is also an advisory board member for the Melbourne Accelerator Program, and is the inaugural chairman for Startup Victoria.

Maia Bryant

Co-founder, LKBK   |   LinkedIn

Maia is the founder of a fashion e-commerce startup called LKBK that is transforming online fashion retail into an editorial inspirational experience

Edward Hooper

Co-founder, 121Cast/Omny   |   LinkedIn

Ed is the cofounder of 121Cast, which builds personalised radio products such as Omny and SoundGecko. He previously worked at Microsoft, and won the Global Microsoft Imagine Cup for his product SOAK.

Demi Markogiannaki

Co-founder, WeTeachMe   |   LinkedIn

Demi is the co-founder of WeTeachMe, which is a fun way to discover and book interesting real life classes and events. She also runs the Startup Sales Huddle and Classmasters101 meetups at York Butter Factory.

Leon Gouletsas

Marketing & Community Manager, Indiegogo   |   LinkedIn

Leon is leads crowdfunding website Indiegogo in Melbourne, and is the facilitator of educational and community events for developers and entrepreneurs such as Startup Weekend, the Google Developer Group, and SW NEXT.

Sam Stewart

CEO,   |   LinkedIn

Sam is the CEO of, which builds technical infrastructure to make the lives of medical software developers easy.

He previously co-founded another startup, and worked with the York Butter Factory and Adventure Capital.

Julie Billings-Nguyen

Co-founder, LKBK   |   LinkedIn

Julie is currently the Cofounder of fashion startup LKBK, a site that lets you shop the amazing closets of fashion insiders while discovering inspirational looks.

With a degree in marketing and management from the University of Melbourne, and extensive experience at early-stage start-ups, she brings an entrepreneurial and global mindset to the field of eCommerce and SAAS. She previously worked at Xero.

Rohan Workman

Director at RosterCloud   |   LinkedIn

Rohan is the Manager of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) at the University of Melbourne which is the first university-based start-up accelerator in Australia. He was responsible for establishing the day-to-day operation of the program and is tasked with a broader university initiative to increase the culture of entrepreneurship on campus.

Rohan is also a co-founder of RosterCloud which provides HR management software to events companies in Australia.

Sarah Todd

Director, FLUO   |   LinkedIn

Sarah is the Director of FLUO, a business-building consultancy that works with high-growth startups and SMB's to develop successful business growth strategy and confidence in selling. Prior to FLUO she was Country Manager, Australia & New Zealand for Mediafed. Sarah has significant experience helping to build new market entry and growth for a variety of companies across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Marc Harrison

Founder, Listium   |   LinkedIn

Marc is the founder of Listium, a startup currently in stealth mode.

He is also a non-executive director at Venuemob, and is a mentor and advisor for various other startups. Previously, Marc was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Alan Downie

Co-founder & CEO, Bugherd   |   LinkedIn

Highly experienced software developer, specialising in web technology and web-based gaming. Extensive experience in Intranet software development as the development lead for Intranet DASHBOARD.

Worked as an independant software developer and web technologies consultant for 2 years before developing UsabilityHub and FiveSecondTest. Currently developing BugHerd.

Will Dayble

Director & Co-founder, Squareweave   |   LinkedIn

Digitally, with extensive experience in web and mobile, Will is on various advisory boards, speaks internationally, is a featured writer on various mediums, and has a range of clients including Commonwealth Bank, headspace, the Victorian State Government and a lengthy list of not-for-profits.

Serial entrepreneurship includes: Squareweave, an agency that helps change-makers go digital

Christopher Kommatas

Founder, Startup HealthTech   |   LinkedIn

Chris is founder of Australia's fastest growing early-stage digital health community, StartUp HealthTech.
He is a healthcare industry veteran having worked in the US, UK and ANZ in various sales & marketing management roles for global companies such as GSK, Merck Serono, and Hospira.

Christopher Scott Price

Founder, Cityblis Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder responsible for daily operations relating to development of the Cityblis platform and related marketing activities. Developed back end technology and algorithms with a focus on consumer web and big data for the online consumer sector.

Chris has recently returned to Australia from San Francisco to build his next startup.

Rohit Bhargava

Cofounder and CEO, Stage Label   |   LinkedIn

Rohit is currently the Co- founder and CEO of StageLabel, a new online platform providing market validation, feedback and funding for fashion designers.

StageLabel was a runner-up in a previous Startup Weekend event, and has now become a fully-fledged business.

Contributing Sponsors
Darcy Naunton
Marina Paronetto
Samuel Birmingham
Jason Lim
Alexis Sydow
Bill Van Thillo
Madeleine Judge

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