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Startup Weekend Melbourne Women - (Limited tickets for sale!)

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Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne are one of the hosts for this event. There are only 30 tickets available. Please purchase your early bird tickets over at

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About Startup Weekend
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.

About Startup Weekend Melbourne Women:

Women have a unique and fresh take on design, development and creation, which we feel is vital to the growth and evolution of startup companies. We know that the women of Melbourne are full of creative and entrepreneurial talent, and in a safe environment that inspires risk taking and innovation we know they will create something amazing. In the past, women have represented a small percentage of SWMelbourne attendees – that is about to change.

We are a passionate group of female entrepreneurs who decided to come together and design a new experience to welcome and empower creative, talented and curious women. We have built the experience from the ground up through a series of workshops and design sessions with women and men at the beating heart of the startup Melbourne ecosystem, to make sure that we understand the current challenges and opportunities. This event is the prototype of our insights and research, and we could not be more excited to share it with you!

The main organisers are Marina Paronetto (, current main organiser for the Melbourne Startup Weekend ( and Tammy Butow ( recently organised #Shehacks ( Marina and Tammy are working with an amazing group of women to make this dream a reality!



6:00pm — Guest Registration & Welcome
7:00pm — Teams Form & Dinner
8:00 — Meditation
9:30pm — Yoga
10:00pm — Doors Close


9:00am — Doors Open
9:30am — Breakfast
11:00am — Morning Tea
12:30pm — Lunch
2:00pm — Meditation
3:00pm — Afternoon Tea
7:00pm — Dinner
9:30pm — Yoga
10:00pm — Doors close


9:00am — Doors Open
9:30am — Breakfast
11:00am — Morning Tea
12:30pm — Lunch
2:30pm — Afternoon Tea
3:00pm — Presentations & Feedback
6:00pm — The end of Startup Weekend Women Melbourne

How is Startup Weekend Melbourne Women different:

Learning Skills

A free workshop one week prior to the event to get you confident and excited. Access to fantastic mentors who will help your ideas take off

Networking & Team Building

Meet women with similar interests and passions. Pitch your ideas before the event and find women interested in collaborating with you


Participate in an Innovation Lab where you learn from other teams at SWMW. Build long-lasting relationships.

Compelling Facts…

Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to health care - ( (

“At successful companies, the median proportion of female executives was 7.1%; at unsuccessful companies, 3.1%. -

Ready to be part of something big?

Join us: we’re assembling 30 women for a very special edition of Startup Weekend on May 16-18 2014.

Get ready to build something exciting!

We are currently looking for sponsors, please get in touch with the SWMW organising team at

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 cost?
We are asking for each participant to pay $99 which will help us cover some of the catering costs.

Is it possible to get a ticket to attend the presentation session at the end of the weekend?
Yes, we will be selling tickets to the presentations. 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.

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

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 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).

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.