4 july 2019 – 28 august 2019

> Ignite your passion for ideas
> See innovative businesses
> Exhibit your startup
> Invest in the next big idea
> Hear our inspirational keynote speaker
> Learn valuable skills at our expert workshops
> Participate in the pitch competition


“I’m a big believer that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you have the world at your feet if you have a high-speed wifi connection.” Jessica Wilson, creator of Stashd App.

27-year-old born and bred local Jess Wilson is an entrepreneur who has taken herself from paddock party-planner to being named as Forbes Magazine’s ‘one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in 50 years’ through her shopping app – despite being told she ‘didn’t have it in her’ to have a career in the fashion industry.

“I am so excited to be sharing my experience and key learnings at StartUp Coffs Coast! I started my first business in Coffs Harbour when I was 16, just over 10 years ago now – so it’s exciting to come back after building a business and working all around the world to share skills which can be applied from any laptop anywhere in the world to start a startup.”

Jess will be at StartUp Coffs Coast to inspire entrepreneurs and ‘big thinkers’ of all ages, right across the Coffs Coast – don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to meet her! Register now to attend this FREE event – you’ll hear Jess’s amazing story, get to ask her questions at the Q&A session, and meet her afterwards over refreshments. 

24 July @ 5pm, C.ex Coffs Harbour – Rainbow Room

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StartUp Coffs Coast 2019 will feature 3 separate workshops led by industry experts. All three will all be hosted simultaneously – between 9:30 am and 1 pm at C.ex, so pick your favourite! This year’s topics are:

  1. Intellectual Property for StartUps
  2. eCommerce 101 Training
  3. App Development for StartUps – Strategies from Idea to Launch


The Ideation Session will help you refine your innovative business idea in order to enter the big StartUp Coffs Coast Pitch Competition which this year is open to aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages! It is designed to sharpen your creativity through various ideation techniques and guide you through the process of generating, developing and communicating new ideas and solutions.


the 2019 finalists are:

  • ‘Real Time Learning’ (Kempsey Adventist School): The ‘Real-time Learning’ project is based on two mobile apps that the students have designed, built and prototyped. They capture the readiness of students to learn before each lesson and help the teacher to tailor the day’s classroom techniques from that information to improve overall learning outcomes.
  • ‘G-PetS’ (Evanezer Gebremedhin): ‘G-PetS’ is a fitness activity and GPS tracker for animals and pets. The technology allows you to locate your pet wherever they are, monitor their activity, record adventures on a smartphone or computer, receive ambient temperature alerts, and much more.
  • ‘Happy Scrunchies’ (Sophie Hallam): ‘Happy Scrunchies’ is a local business and brand which sells hair accessories made from recycled materials. All accessories are carefully designed and handmade in Australia.
  • ‘Soil Search’ (Alisa Bryce): State and Local Government, water utilities, agribusiness, environmental consultancies and property developers use Desktop Soil Assessments for better land management. ‘Soil Search’ generates automated Desktop Soil Assessment reports with all relevant data for the chosen parcel of land and presents it in the standard industry format at a significantly reduced cost.
  • ‘Neanderthoil’ (Gavin Ball): A problem with growing a luxurious beard led Gavin to experiment with creating his own care products for men. He now produces a range of products using natural ingredients and essential oils to help men find their ‘inner Neanderthal’.
  • YoungYogis’ Coffs Harbour (Rebecca Wilson): Through the power of yoga and meditation, empowering children to love and connect with themselves and to love and connect with others.
  • ‘Vesticam’ (Suzanne Douglas): Vesticam is a mid-north coast company developing an innovative and accessible device to help with the diagnosis of causes of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. Vesticam evolved from the clinical need for simple, portable and affordable infrared video goggles to record eye movements during oculomotor tests.  It is an innovative modification of existing trialled and tested equipment, to make it portable and accessible for widespread use.
  • ‘aideMate’ (Markus Ganser): ‘aideMate’ is an app to help and support those who are struggling to keep track of their daily tasks. The idea was born through the struggle Markus saw with his in-laws and other elderly people. The core function is to prompt the users to do their daily tasks like taking their medicine, eating their food and drink enough water, keeping track of their appointments and many others.
Continue reading “PITCH COMPETITION | 28 AUGUST”



Wander the stands in Startup Alley to uncover the up and coming businesses of the region.

Hear their elevator pitch, test their product, discuss their market, share your feedback and help make them the next local success.

Businesses are jumping on board every day to be in the Alley, this was definitely one of the highlights of last year’s events and not to be missed.

Are you a Coffs Coast Startup? We want your company to be the next local success story. As a participant in the Startup Alley, you get a spot to display your company/product for one day during the show for two company representatives. Not only you will expose your brand to a large audience, but you will also have the opportunity to receive direct feedback from your target market or to test your product. 

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WHEN: 4 JULY 2019 – 28 AUGUST 2019

1 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour

COST:       FREE


4 July | Launch with StartUp Grind and Steve 

24 July | Keynote – Jessica Wilson, Creator of Stashd

25 July | Entrepreneurship Workshop

31 July | Pitch Competition Preparation: Ideation Workshop

7 August | Workshop Day

16 August | Submission Deadline for Pitch Competition

28 August | StartUp Alley and Pitch Competition Finals