Over 100 people gathered at River City Labs on Friday to watch 31 different ideas pitched on the launch night of Startup Weekend Brisbane. Out of the 31 pitches, concepts were voted on culminating into 9 working startup teams. After 54 hours of planning, collaborating coding, eating and drinking, team ‘Qrate.tv emerged winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend 2013.
Qrate.tv is democratising TV networks. It enables users to collaborate with their community and build a Q of videos in real-time that anyone can share and follow. “Now anyone can be a TV network” said co-founder Nick Drewe.
“The best thing about Startup Weekend is that we all learnt a lot. We formed a great team, received really constructive feedback form the judges and even some interest for investment. What we have to do now is stays focussed and make it a real business.” Nick said.
As winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend, each team member of the Qrate.tv team will receive a share in the $5,000 cash prize pool donated by River City Labs Founder Steve Baxter.
“Traditionally Startup Weekends do not award cash prizes, but I wanted to give them something that all early stage Startups need, right now that’s cash.” Steve Said.
The second prize winning team ‘SnapLotto’ created a tool to ‘Snap to Randoms’. Snap Lotto allows users to anonymously send ‘snap chat’ type media to up to 50 random users across the globe immediately. The team managed to get over 20,000 Youtube views of their promo clip in just 24 hours. The Snap Lotto team was awarded a group membership at River City Labs for 3 months.
The third place winners ‘Inductly’ who created and online induction platform, picked up $1,000 credit from Amazon Web Services.
Startup Weekend Brisbane was an intense 54 hour event where a community of local entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, web and software developers, designers, marketing gurus came together to launch 9 different startups. Tweets across the weekend can be found by tracking the official @swbne account and #swbne13 hashtag. All official photos are located on Dave Dris’s flikr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedri/sets/72157636707562173/
Team Photo: Qrate.tv
About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. No talk, all action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.
Visit brisbane.startupweekend.org For more details and sponsorship support.