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Here's how it will work...

Pitch an Idea

We will begin with introductions, an overview of the event and some light entertainment. We will then invite those with an idea to pitch to the room - you only have one minute!

Build a Team

Whether it's your idea or someone else’s, you'll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Learn from the Best

Our amazing team of local mentors and event organisers will be available throughout the weekend to help coach you through the hard problems or support in any technical issues

Get to Work

You'll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product...all within 54 hours! We've got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time.

Present in Front of Panel Judges

The culmination of the weekend. You'll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the audience and a panel of experts.

Time to Celebrate

After presentations it's time to celebrate with new friends and team mates! Startup Weekend is about experiencing what it is like to be in a Startup but it is also about connecting and having fun.

Tickets $159 inc GST.


The hardest part of starting up is starting out.

At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

What Attendees are Saying

An amazing learning experience - like you’ve never had before

  • Meet potential new co-founders and make some great friends.
  • Have a FUN time - make some great memories with passionate, energetic people.
  • Learn from the best - engage with mentors who will keep you going and foster your entrepreneurial spirit.


How Does It Work?

We begin on Friday night with open-mic "elevator pitches", where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd, then all participants get to vote for their favorite concepts. Teams (of 5 people minimum) then form around the most exciting ideas, and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. This may mean you may not be working on your own idea, but rest assured it will be a gun idea! The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your Minimal Viable Product (MVP).

The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their MVP to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. At the end, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks - a chance to network before saying goodbye!

Not Ready to Share Your Idea Just Yet?

Startup Weekend (SUW)  is an educational game to help you grow your entrepreneurial skills and team collaboration. All ideas and concepts developed in SUW are not owned by anyone at the weekend.  If you have a particularly valuable idea that you wish to retain the intellectual property (IP) rights to, we kindly recommend refraining from pitching it at the beginning of the event, as there will be up to 80 people in attendance.

Why Do I Have to Pay?

The price of your ticket almost covers the cost of your food and drinks; if you work out how much five meals + coffee + tea + healthy snacks will cost, you could more than break even just by showing up and eating*! On top of all the grub, all participants get heaps of goodies.

Not to mention free coaching and guidance from some of the best mentors around. All in all, its probably the best $159 you'll ever spend.

*We understand the importance of catering for everyone's dietary needs during the event, but due to logistical constraints and costs, we regret to inform you that we may not be able to provide a wide range of dietary options. If you have specific dietary requirements, we kindly suggest considering the option of self-catering to ensure your needs are met. Luckily Queenstown has an abundance of cafe's and supermarkets nearby for your convenience.

But I'm Not An Entrepreneur...

You don't have to be! At every Startup Weekend, participants come from all walks of life, ranging from students to educators, bankers to doctors, even retirees!

Worried you don't have the skills? That is why we have experienced mentors here to guide you (and Startup Weekends are about learning anyway). Too young/old? We have had participants as young as 16 and as old as 70, so if you fall within 0-100 years old, you're sweet!

Get off that fence, join us, and get ready for the ride of your life.

Is my ticket refundable?

All tickets are 100% refundable within 14 days of the event. Tickets are transferable. To request a refund, please contact

Tickets $159 inc GST.


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