Startups in a weekend.
Friends for life.
3-5 April 2020
Startups in a weekend.
We ran the first all-women hackathon in the world.
In 2014 we ran the first all-women hackathon in the world. Afterwards, we wanted to find other women who had run all-women hackathons so we could be their friends.
But we looked and looked – then we realised no-one had run one before! We then thought “if no-one has done this very basic level of work, what about the hard stuff?” And that’s when we founded Girl Geek Academy as a company and a movement.
What is #SheHacks?
#SheHacks is the largest all-women hackathon in the world! This is an 18+ event where you make new friends and build a startup together in a weekend. You will find cofounders and build an MVP – a Minimum Viable Product. You don’t have to be technical, but you do have to want to be awesome.
I’m keen, but is it for me?
Do you want to learn how to build a great business? Do you like making new friends? Are cupcakes and really good tea your idea of a good time? #SheHacks was created especially for you.
At #SheHacks you’ll eat awesome food, spend quality time getting to know other women doing amazing things with technology, and work together to bring something new to life. If you’re over 18, you’re invited!
Oh cool! How do I get started?
You are invited to learn new skills, test new business ideas and meet new people to build the internet with. Kicking off on Friday night, you will be placed into teams of 3-4 and your ideas will come from those teams.
So work out whether you’re a hipster (designer), hacker (developer) or a hustler (marketer / communications / sales) and sign up for #SheHacks!
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinners included, and we are currently aiming to provide childcare.
This is a heavily subsidised event and tickets are $99 for individuals.
Want to register a corporate team? Check out our partnerships!
Register now so you don’t miss out!
#SheHacks is more than your average hackathon. We find our cofounders. We build our MVP. We’re hungry, confident and ready to grow.
What happens next to make sure our startup succeeds?
#SheHacks Incubator FAQs
Who is it for?
The #SheHacks Incubator powered by Startup Onramp is for aspiring startup founders and anyone who has recently formed their first startup but is struggling to know what to do next.
If you’re stuck in a corporate job, recently left the corporate world or returning from maternity leave, and have an idea for a startup, the #SheHacks Incubator program could be just what you need to get from idea to execution.
What do you mean by “startup”?
By “startup” we mean a high-growth, scalable company that is addressing a large, global market using the internet. These businesses are commonly referred to as “tech startups” or “software startups”.
The course content focuses specifically on tech startups. If you have an idea for a tech startup, we’d like to hear from you.
If you’re interested in starting some other kind of business, this isn’t the course for you.
Why should I take the course?
By investing a small amount of time and money at the beginning of your startup journey we believe you can greatly increase your chances of success.
More than 90% of all startups fail, many of them by making predictable mistakes. By showing you what actions have consistently led to success in other startups, and what have led to failure, we aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to “un-fail” your startup by avoiding costly mistakes and successfully navigating the first year.
Do I need to have a startup idea?
Yes, we want you to have an idea to work on. However, we recognise that most startup ideas change over time, so don’t be too stressed if your idea isn’t well-formed or you have doubts about its potential.
Did you know that YouTube started out as a video dating site, and Flickr started out as an online role-playing game? Enough said.
Do I need to be a programmer?
No, the course is open to anyone regardless of their technical skills. If a lack of technical expertise is holding you back from pursuing your startup we can help you to identify reputable developers and potential technical co-founders.
Do I need a team?
The course is open to individuals or teams of up to three. If you are a sole founder we will encourage you to find suitable co-founders, as being a single founder of a startup is one of the strongest predictors of failure. Why?
What does it cost?
Registration is usually $3500, but this is 100% subsidised for Victorian residents.
Do I have to give up equity in my business?
Absolutely not. We want you to be successful but we don’t believe you should have to give up equity in return for knowledge.
What do I get?
The program comprises a one-hour workshop each week, community support via Facebook and Slack community channels, team mentoring sessions and the #SheHacks Showcase in September when a number of teams will pitch their startup to the Victorian startup community.
#SheHacks incubator is powered by Startup Onramp and includes a range of workshops delivered both face-to-face and remotely:
- Lean startup primer and how to “unfail” your startup
- Customer acquisition and metrics for startups.
- HR basics for startup teams, how to establish culture, build a cohesive team.
- Brand, marketing and PR basics for startups.
- Finance basics for Startups.
- Legal basics for Startups.
- Pitching workshop and pitch feedback.
- Raising money from investors, what investors expect and how to find the right one
What is the format?
Each one-hour workshop session comprises a facilitator-led discussion and group discussion over Facebook and Slack. The sessions are structured to follow a logical progression from idea validation to product development, customer acquisition and growth. Several of the sessions will include a guest presenter who will lead a deep-dive discussion on a specific topic.
Weekly mentoring sessions are available at agreed times to ensure you keep making progress between the weekly workshop sessions.
What if I can’t make it to all of the workshop sessions?
We’re OK with participants missing a small number of workshop sessions if this is unavoidable, and will be using Facebook Live to enable remote participation. However, you will definitely get more value from the program by being available during the livestreams and face-to-face events.
Will I have to pitch my startup idea?
Yes! We believe great startup founders should always be pitching. You need to be adept at selling your vision – whether it’s to co-founders, employees, investors or customers. Don’t be scared, though – we’re here to make you a great pitcher!
Where and when are workshop sessions held?
The current program runs from July 23 to September 23 and is weekly livestream workshop sessions are every Monday from 7pm to 8pm. There is also a check-in event on August 13 and a showcase event at the end of September.
What happens at the end?
By the end of the program we expect every participant to have built and launched a startup.
The program culminates in the #SheHacks Showcase – an opportunity for the startup community in Victoria to celebrate the inclusion of women in the tech ecosystem. The #SheHacks Showcase is an important milestone and an opportunity to gain valuable attention for your startup. It is not an investor pitching event, although if you’re ready to pitch to investors we can offer plenty of guidance on how and where to find the right investor.
After completing the #SheHacks Incubator powered by Startup Onramp we expect you to be ready to commit to working on your startup either part-time or preferably full-time. JFDI!
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Meet the team
Girl Geek Academy is a global movement encouraging women to learn technology, create startups and build more of the internet.
With aims of teaching 1 million women and girls to build the internet by 2025, this group of hipsters, hackers and hustlers are skilled digital professionals wanting to increase the number of women with successful STEM careers. This girl-gang work with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of woman in the digital and entrepreneurial landscape.
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