Startup Hackathon Weekend

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Build your entrepreneurial skills and mindset


If you are passionate about solving problems but aren’t sure where to start, SPARK Deakin’s Startup Hackathon is for you. We’ll help you find your feet in the world of entrepreneurship, equipping you with the skills for startup methodology to design thinking and pitching ideas.

If you don’t have an idea, don’t stress! Curiosity and an interest in problem solving means you’re well suited for the Hackathon.

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Meet and spend time with people just like you


You’ll also be surrounded by like-minded, entrepreneurial thinkers who are committed to challenging themselves to think about the startup space in new and exciting ways. 

Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn over the weekend:

  • Conducting customer interviews to identify problems
  • Understanding who they are with user personas
  • Planning your startup using the lean canvas
  • Moving fast with agile project management
  • Improving quickly using test cards and assumption validation
  • Finding and converting your first customers

What you need to know to get started


Who can apply?

Deakin students, staff and alumni are welcome to apply. You may be looking to start a new business, grow an existing one, or still be studying.

When and where is the event?

The Startup Weekend takes place at our Deakin University's Burwood Campus from Friday April 27th, to Sunday April 29th.

What is the cost?

The weekend costs $50 (Deakin staff'alumni) and $25 (Deakin students) + plus booking fee. If you are a member of the public, the weekend costs $300. Catering and beverages are provided however travel and accommodation are not included.

What is the application process?

A simple application process will determine who will be selected. You should be a pro-active, passionate and innovative change-maker who is willing to learn.

When are the application dates?

Applications open on February 28, 2018, and close on April 11, 2018


Startup Weekend really helped us to evaluate and refine our business model, so I can build a sustainable business into the future.

Josh Baila, Weights For Mates


Let's start your entrepreneurial journey