Quality and Ambitious Ideas

Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Mentor and Judge for Teen Start-Up 2015

Everyone was passionate about solving real problems and making the world a better place.


Teaching young people to think outside the box!

Roslyn Clark, Parent

Teen Start-Up is beneficial for young people to attend as it encourages them, and indeed teaches them, to think outside the box.

It also gives them more experience in working in a group environment with short time limits, which is what they will face as they leave school and enter into Uni and workplaces.



Tarshia Weldon, Finance Manager – Australian Tax Office at Lockheed Martin,
ACT, Australia, 19 June 2013.

I came in with an open mind and no expectations! Left with knowledge about the process, teamwork, challenge & most of all – I learned a lot about myself and what I want!

I enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to progressing our idea! Also great to see the varied levels of experience and expertise. Maybe the next wave of start-ups will be created by Generation XYZ!

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Stimulating, challenging and inspirational!

Suzanne Barnes, 
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 19 June 2013.

I registered for Start-Up Camp Canberra because I was interested in seeing “behind the scenes” of what goes into planning and starting a business. Although I have a business I run from home, being a mum with two young children means that I normally mainly meet other mums. I was keen to network amongst a completely different crowd of people and move the “grey matter” out of the playroom and into the boardroom.

Start-Up Camp Canberra provided all that for me and much more. I admit to having been completely terrified on the Friday afternoon, I’m always up for a challenge, but was plagued by thoughts of “what if I’m not tech-y enough?” or “am I too old for this?” I soon learned that we all had an important role to play, and over the course of the weekend I think that validating myself in my own eyes was the most powerful thing I walked away with.

Moving out of my comfort zone was absolutely what I needed to advance my existing business. And now I am part of a dynamic and driven team with a fantastic start-up idea, who knows where this will take us!

I’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to all those involved in putting this event together, yes it was worth all your time and effort!

Finally, I would also like to congratulate all the teams for their inspirational ideas over the course of the weekend. I loved seeing all of the of pitches on the Sunday afternoon and can’t believe how well our international friends in particular did with their presentations.


Enlightening exposure to the world where ideas are born!

Pirra Elford, ICT Administrator at Australian National University,
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 19 June 2013.

This one night, two-day crash-course in entrepreneurship gave me an amazing insight into the world of development: the importance of knowing your customer, and how much we need a network of people to compliment our own skills & interests. I strongly recommend attending events like this one if you have ideas, and want to bring them to life!


Great experience!

Sajj Shahrabi,
Forde, Norway, 18 June 2013.

The weekend showed me that if you are among the right people and focus on an idea, implementing it does not seem as challenging as it would when you are trying to tackle the idea on your own. It also definitely gave me a better understanding on where to start working on start-up ideas. I found the speeches given extremely useful too!


Absolutely Brilliant!

Tara M, Photographer, Videographer, Image Editor, Desktop Publisher, Big Ideas Generator, Advice Giver, Councillor, Occassional Traveller & All round awesome chick!
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, 18 June 2013.

Start Up Camp – Brilliant! Great networking, lectures / seminars. food, & it’s affordable! I was if & are-ing if I should spend th$50 to go, since I’m down to my last $100 – $200, but I’m sooo glad I did, it was sooo worth it! I had a great time, learnt sooo much, met wonderful people to network with, gathered a few leads and people to work with on this & potentially other projects, all the lectures / seminars, staff & organizers were brilliant, & even the catering & snacks were great & really helped to keep us going! Can I do it again next year too?! I really hope to keep working with many of the people I met, on current or other projects in the future – both from my team & others. Thank you so much Lighthouse! Also if anyone reading this requires photography, videography or customizable business / flyer templates – I’m available – shameless plug.


It needs to have a part 2!

Amar Shah, at Australian National University,
Canberra, 18 June 2013.

There were lots of support by industry masters and mentors and I am now inspired to continue my own entrepreneurial thinking.


You don’t have to attend a Start-Up Camp to start, but if you do, you are less likely to bullshit it.

Huizhi (Elly) Liang,
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 18 June 2013.

Learnt a lot! Passion is the only reason to explain why people spend the whole weekend there. It’s not enough to just have an idea. Working very hard on it is the only way to make the idea become real. Thanks for this event.


Lots of experienced people around.

Joseph Ting, Sustainability Project Officer at Australian National University,
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 18 June 2013.

There were plenty of people who have gone through the process and those who have much to share on start-ups. It was a good chance to understand the start-up scene better.


Great event for anyone interested in start-ups or starting up!

Torsten Herbst, at coseats.com,
Canberra, 18 June 2013.

It was a great event and an awesome place to meet like minded people. Create, share & discuss ideas over two full on, but rewarding days. I highly recommend Start-Up Camp to anyone who’s interested in start-ups or thinking about starting a business. More important than the ideas discussed over the weekend are the connections you make with the people you meet.