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.
INTRODUCING 'THE 100 YEAR LIFE'
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 (incl. GST), Students - $55.00 (incl. GST)