Judges announced for Australia’s only creative tech startup weekend

February 22, 2018 – A judging panel with a combined total of over 80 years business, startup and investment experience has been announced for Australia’s only creative tech Startup Weekend (SW) on March 2-4.

Startup Weekend Facilitator and Programs Manager for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) Philippe Ceulen said this year’s panel is the most senior in the event’s three-year history.

“With this panel, participants can expect some of the best feedback in the industry for the businesses they develop over the weekend,” Ceulen said.

“They will greatly complement our impressive roster of mentors from around Australia who will be supporting participants to explore and validate their ideas.”

The panel includes:

Brett Chenoweth, Chairman of QUT CEA, Chairman of Madman Entertainment
Professor Margaret Sheil AO, QUT Vice-Chancellor
Garry Visontay, Partner at Right Click Capital
Cole Wilkinson, Partner at Pitcher Partners
Michelle Eastwell, Partner at HopgoodGamin Lawyers

Michelle Eastwell, Partner at legal firm HopgoodGanim Lawyers said: “I’m continually amazed by the ingenuity of participants. I’ll be looking out for great teams with well thought out business cases and a basic understanding of risks.”

Partner at Right Click Capital Garry Visontay added: “At Right Click, we look for businesses with scaleable, unique ideas and the right team to execute on them. At Startup Weekend, I’m interested in creative solutions and business models with global potential.”

Now in its third year, SW will see entrepreneurs, mentors and investors travel from across Australia to attend the event which will take place over a 54-hour period.

Hackers, hustlers and hipsters from both creative and tech will come together over the course of the weekend to turn their business ideas into something more.

The Brisbane event culminates with a final pitch session that will celebrate the most innovative creative tech startups.

Startup Weekend will run from Friday March 2 until Sunday March 4. Tickets are now on sale for the event and can be purchased at qutcea.com/startupweekend

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