Just spent an amazing weekend down at SpaceCubed in the city with 100 start up crazies, various organisers, mentors, pitch coaches and sundry other folk. Even the Lord Mayor was there at the outset on Friday night wishing us well.
Yes, StartUp Weekend Perth 2 has just concluded, 6 months after the first ever attempt at this full-on entrepreneurial frenzy. I was blown away then, and again this time round. The sheer range of ideas, code cracking, designing and business thought, all condensed into a frenetic 3 nights and 2 days… amazing to behold.
As ever, I come away humble at teams of 7 or 8 folks who’d not met before Friday night, had not worked on the business idea before, yet turned a 1 minute pitch into working website, customer research, apps and fully worked through business models and in some cases, revenues by Sunday evening. When I consider how long projects take me, it’s jaw dropping. But it’s not just the speed, it’s the quality of the design, the UX, the thought, the effort and execution that impresses.
Its unfair to pick one or a few, so let’s name then all: Squidee (allows you to show changes to design between client, manager & designers/programmers; Air Tutor (using up unused tutor time with students); GetontheList (getting you into that nightclub); Virality (predicting the next viral video and selling this as a service to business); Maileo (using connections within your near networks to connect you); Raffle Rabbit (making raffles easy for school fund raising); Styleable (trying on clothes online before you buy); WhatSportsWhere (you never miss you favourite sports action); ZeroDay (augmented zombie game); HandUp (making it easier for women to find part time work); OpShopin.co (Op Shops online); Naughty 3D (3D printing for adult products), iConnect Catering (gets you food/drink at events to your seat) and NinjaVest (making it easier to invest).
I spent some time with NinjaVest, Virality & Maileo. I was especially impressed by Squidee, iConnect & Raffle Rabbit. In my humble opinion, these have a real chance of making a go of it.
And the winner is (judges panel choice):
1st – iConnect
2nd – Naughty 3D
3rd – Squidee
… so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad 🙂
Last time, 3 or 4 businesses kicked on. I wonder which of these will…
for more on StartUp Weekend: http://perth.startupweekend.org/