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Take the next step at these upcoming start-up events

Monday, 15 July 2013 | By Rose Powell

Whether you’re planning a start-up, juggling a freshly launched one or still dreaming up the perfect idea, there are events happening all over Australia this month that will enable you to take the next step in your start-up journey.


Gold Coast, QLD: Startup Weekend Gold Coast: 19 – 21 July


The Gold Coast edition of the international Startup Weekend program is set to take place later this week.


Hosted by co-working space and incubator Silicon Lakes, developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs pitch ideas, form teams around the most popular ones and develop and launch start-ups within the three days.


The final day is a pitch day, and the winning start-up receives ongoing support to develop their idea.


Tickets for the weekend are $99, and there is a discount for students. You can find out more information and book here.


Sydney, NSW: Launch48 Weekend: 19 – 21 July


Similar to the Startup Weekend program, attendees at this event pitch and build start-ups during the weekend.


There is also a strong education and mentoring focus, including Paul Slezak, the founder of RecruitLoop; and software developer Christopher Saunders from BlackBerry.


This is the first time the event has been run in Sydney. Tickets cost $125. You can find out more information and book your ticket here.


Wollongong, NSW: Hackagong: 20 – 21 July


The team at this hackathon weekend, where teams come together to “build something innovative from start to finish in 30 hours”, are expecting over 150 attendees at this event, after 2012 saw 90 competitors and 27 teams.


While many hackathons focus on creating apps or software, this event also caters to physical design, with seven 3D printers ready to go on the day.


Tickets are $20. You can find out more information and book here.


Melbourne, VIC: Start It Up Melbourne: 10 August


This one-day event includes a series of targeted, practical panels and an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs who will be sharing their experience.


There will be a range of panel discussions and interactive workshops including Noah Kagan from Appsumo on making your “first startup dollar”, and Martin Hosking from Red Bubble on lean start-up principles.


A/B testing, growth and funding will also be covered.


Tickets are $89.95. You can find out more information and book here.