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River City Labs invites women to come launch their start-up in 54 hours at their first ever Startup Weekend Brisbane Women


Startup hub and co-working community River City Labs has announced that registrations to partake in their first ever Startup Weekend Women event (9-11 October) are now open, with female techs, disruptors, marketers and innovators encouraged to join the expansive cohort of entrepreneurs participating in the global brand movement, Startup Weekend.

Following on from the success of River City Lab’s Startup Weekend Brisbane in June, which saw a record-number of 200 people attend the opening night, this female-focused event is aimed at empowering, fostering and mentoring female startup companies in a collaborative environment and inspiring them to take risks and develop innovative thinking.

Marina Paronetto, Founder and CEO of Powerhousehq, commented: “Startup Weekend Brisbane Women is a win-win opportunity for all parties involved.”

“Not only does it help in building a bridge for those women who might not ordinarily feel comfortable partaking in a startup event, the startup community itself benefits as its been found that having women and men working together on a startup actually yields better results and higher chances of success.”

Startup Weekend Brisbane June 2015 Photo courtesy of Michael Tucker of Michael Tucker Productions
Startup Weekend Brisbane June 2015 (Photo courtesy of Michael Tucker of Michael Tucker Productions)

What does Startup Weekend Brisbane Women have to offer?

Startup Weekend Brisbane Women will offer participants the opportunity to engage in all stages of the startup experience, from pre-pitching their own startup, to collaboratively working in teams to design and launch a final product, to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their startup with local entrepreneurial leaders.

Peta Ellis (pictured), General Manager of River City Labs, said, “We are really excited to be launching our first startup event tailored to women. We are certainly not discouraging men’s involvement by any means – the overarching goal however is to empower women to have a go and to unleash their skills and ideas around design, development and creation in order to better facilitate their startup growth.”

An expert panel of entrepreneurial leaders will judge the final pitches, with prize packages being awarded to the standout startups. Live tweets across the weekend can be found by following the official @swbne account and the #SWBNEwomen hashtag.

To access the Startup Weekend Brisbane Women schedule, head here.