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



Jessica Wilson grew up on a farm in Karangi, starting her first business at 16 years old – running formal after parties for students on the farm land she grew up on, utilising different paddocks as venues. From there she grew and scaled this business to cover 16ths, 18ths, and 21st and made enough money to put herself through her first year of university. She then dropped out of University after a careers advisor told her she ‘didn’t have it in her’ to have a career in the fashion industry due to her lack of contacts and small-town roots.

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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 StartUp Coffs Coast Pitch Competition is designed to inspire budding entrepreneurs and innovators to pitch their innovative business solution and provide them with the prize money and support they need to make it happen. For the first time, StartUp Coffs Coast will be open to two categories: Youth (ages 13 to 24) and Open (ages 25 and up).

A selection of the best entries in each category will take the stage on 28 August 2019 to pitch their innovative business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, students, as well as business and community leaders.

Each finalist will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea followed by 3 minutes of Q&A in front of a panel of expert judges. Your pitch must include a product or process innovation. It is open to any type of business solution or market need. For example, it can be a B2B solution, consumer application or a social enterprise.

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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