Startup Weekend is coming to your city!

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Start Weekend Melbourne Women is a nurturing and welcoming space for women to:

  • Get inspired
  • Improve skills
  • Build your network
  • Test some ideas

…….to give your dreams a chance!

About Startup Weekend
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement across 450+ cities where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups – all in just one weekend.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: Teams of hustlers, hipsters and hackers are formed 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 an opportunity for feedback.

Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to health care –http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/01/24/the-top-30-stats-you-need-to-know-when-marketing-to-women/

“At successful companies, the median proportion of female executives was 7.1%; at unsuccessful companies, 3.1%. – http://www.forbes.com/sites/womenintech/2012/10/09/do-women-make-startups-more-successful-if-so-how/

How is Startup Weekend Melbourne Women different:
Learning Skills

  • Workshop prior to the event (dates)
  • Every team will have access to fantastic mentors

Networking & Team Building

  • Group by interest
  • Pitch your ideas before the event and find women interested in collaborating with you

Collaboration

  • Participate in an Innovation Lab where you learn from other teams at SWMW
  • Meet 100 amazing women and build long-lasting relationships

Ready to be part of something big?
Join us: we’re assembling 90 of the most talented  women for a very special edition of Startup Weekend on May 16-18 2014.

Get ready to build something exciting!

FAQ
What is a Startup Weekend?
An event in which a people meet to work together to create a startup in 54 hours.

Why a women-focused Startup Weekend?
The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Melbourne is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it.

Is there a theme for the event? 
No, you can create whatever you like!

How big are the teams? 
Teams of 2 to 5 women should be formed.

What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? 
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. We will help everyone form and there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

How much does Startup Weekend Women Melbourne ? 
We are asking for a $20 donation from all participants which will go to One Girl – because EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education. One Girl is a non-profit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. We want to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities. http://www.onegirl.org.au/

Will there be coffee and food? 
We are working on finding sponsors to cover catering

Who is this aimed at? 
Women of any age with programming, design, user experience, business or project management skills.

I can’t code, can I still attend? 
Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what we would like to see (Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business – growth hacker).

What do I need to bring? 
A laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Can men attend? 
Yes, but you need to be accompanied by a female. Given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to female applicants.

What language can I code in? 
Anything you desire!

Who owns the code that I write? 
You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.

I have an idea, can I pitch it? 
Yes, we will be having time to pitch your ideas both before the event using Hacker League and on the Friday night.