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At Start-Up Camp Canberra, smart and passionate people with diverse interests and experience, come together to get a taste of what it's like to start a business. The event condenses the whole experience into a weekend.

Start-Up Camp is first and foremost an ideas competition and is open to problem-solvers, creative thinkers and ideas people from all over Canberra. The 'campers,' most of whom have never met before, get together on the Friday night, teams are formed as they try to come up with an innovative online solution such as a website or an app around the event theme - 'The 100-Year Life'.

Inspired by the 'Start-up Weekend' events organised around the world, Start-Up Camp Canberra takes participants from idea generation, business concept formation to pitching to a panel of judges.

On the Sunday, teams present their business concept to the world at a special launch event and are critiqued by a high-profile panel of judges consisting of web technology investors, experts in commercialisation, successful entrepreneurs, and industry specialists.

The weekend is aided by workshops covering topics such as problem identification, idea generation, understanding business models, as well as a crash course in how to do the perfect pitch.

While there is plenty of technology involved in the event, the focus is on idea identification, development and validation.



This Start-Up Camp will tackle the challenges and innovation opportunities faced by society as we live increasingly longer. Previous generations have followed the traditional path of getting an education, going to work and then retiring, but this will not be the case for the current or generations to come. This path is already being challenged by rising life expectancy, pensions being eroded by economic changes, the rapidly disappearing 'job for life' and the changing definition of 'fully employed'.

The theme is about understanding how some of the forces that will shape the future such as technology and globalisation can be harnessed to create the changes we will need to survive and prosper in the Age of Longevity.

Start-Up Camp Canberra is open to anyone interested in the entrepreneurial process – students, creatives, designers, web developers, marketers, business thinkers... High school students accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend. Required – enthusiasm. Not required – prior skills or knowledge.


Dates:           Friday 28 April, 5:30pm – 9:00pm

                       Saturday 29 April, 8:30am – 9:00pm

                       Sunday 30 April, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Cost:             General Admission - $165.00, Students - $55.00

                     *Early Bird tickets for General Admission - $75.00, Early Bird tickets for Students - $25.00*

Register:      https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-up-camp-canberra-2017-tickets-32939159914  



Event Program:

Day 1: Friday 28 April

(5:30pm - 9:00pm)

Day 2: Saturday 29 April

(9:00am - 9:00pm)

Day 3: Sunday 30 April

(9:00am - 4:00pm)


Welcome & Introduction
to 'The 100 Year Life'

Panel Discussion + Q&A

Networking & Dinner

1-minute Problem Pitches

Close of Day 1


Welcome to Day 2 + What You Need to Achieve

Development Time

(Problem Identification, Idea Generation
& Validation, Business Model,

Unique Selling Proposition, How to Pitch)

Development Time

Close of Day 2


Development Time
(Presentations due at 12:30pm)

Pitching Session (1:00pm)

Judges Deliberation

Winners Announced

Close of SUCC



 1st Place:

 2nd Place:

 3rd Place:

6x vouchers for BizLab
(Business Diagnostic Tool)
courtesy of Lighthouse

3 month, full time membership
for up to 3 team members
courtesy of Entry29 Co-working Space

Team Voucher for
Business Foundations Program
– 12-week tailored, business building program
delivered by Lighthouse

Prize package valued at $6500

6x vouchers for BizLab
(Business Diagnostic Tool)
courtesy of Lighthouse

Team Voucher for
Marketing Mentoring Program
delivered by Lighthouse

6x tickets to a Presentation Skills
Workshop delivered by Lighthouse

Prize packaged valued at $3700

6x vouchers for BizLab
(Business Diagnostic Tool)
courtesy of Lighthouse

6x tickets to a Lean Start-up
Workshop delivered by
CBR Innovation Network

6x tickets to Festival of Ambitious
Ideas: Female Founders
courtesy of Lighthouse

Prize packaged valued at $2700


CATIC Category Winner:

$1500 sponsorship for team to join a delegation trip to China for an aged care conference courtesy of China Australia Trade and Investment Council.


Event Sponsors:

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