Under the guidance of business mentors Cam Sinclair, Chloe Constantinides, Miles Burke and many others, over 75 participants from diverse backgrounds formed teams to pitch, create and launch a new business venture. Through engaging with the startup process, teams produce a product that will attempt to solve an existing real world problem. 10 diverse teams worked as one throughout the weekend, presenting their ideas on Sunday night’s final pitch session, with many of them having built a functional, ready for market product.
“Startup Weekend is a bit like Christmas,” says judge and mentor, Cam Sinclair. “With over 54 wonderful hours, startup founders, developers, designers and entrepreneurs experience the magical highs and disappointing lows of trying to turn an idea into a validated business.”
Created by the winning team of the weekend, Appollo is a premium service providing patrons with the ability to pay a surcharge for quick entry into industry events. Designed for the hospitality niche, the app provides a better experience for patrons and increased revenue for venues.
Other businesses formed during the weekend include:
Co-Workshop, a dedicated coworking space for manufacturing startups
Grain Worx, an online farming cooperation with elected board members to ensure transparency and accountability
Mokkjob, an app which simulates future job interviews to provide job seeks with the confidence to succeed
Monchy, a healthy lunchtime delivery service for school children
My Home Chef, an app which brings the community closer through authentic home cooked food
Simply CD, a visual concept tool that helps bands and musicians in the entertainment industry bring their artistic vision to life
Mirror Mirror, an online ecommerce platform that provides women the opportunity to see items on real models
Why Wait, Walk More, an online platform that combines walking tracks and times with the public transport system, allowing you to reach your end destination without the wait
Fuelerz, anon-demand fuel service that delivers straight to your vehicle