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Got a great idea for a new business or interested in seeing how a complete, new business can be built in just a weekend?

Delivered online, this will be high energy learning and creating in a team environment. Open to individuals and teams, experts, coaches and mentors will provide support including coding and design if required.

This event will run from 6pm Friday 15 October through to 6pm Sunday 17 October 2021.

Closing date for registrations: 13 October 2021


The Hackathon will be open to both individuals (16 years +) and teams from central Victoria.

Creating a complete and transacting business is possible in a weekend and a mix of key skills gives a team the best chance of achieving that outcome.

Business experience and customer perspective, skills in marketing and digital channel management, design, both visual and industrial, web and coding experience and operations management are the key elements of building and launching a new business.

Individual participants will be encouraged to declare their strengths in any of these areas, to help form up teams with a range of skills or to complement existing but incomplete teams.


Friday 15 October 6-9pm
Saturday 16 October 8am-6pm
Sunday 17 October 8am-6pm

Starting after work on the Friday evening and concluding with a showcase of new businesses on the Sunday afternoon, this Hackathon promises to be a high energy weekend of learning and creating with new friends.


In an everchanging COVID world, we aim for this to be a hybrid event with both in person and online activities. Information sessions and challenges will be delivered via Zoom. Teams will utilise breakout rooms on Zoom or, if restrictions permit, meet in a physical place.

NB: A strong internet connection is essential. If required and restrictions allow, access can be arranged to collaborative meeting places across the region with Wi-Fi access.


There will be a combination of information sessions and challenges, on your way to proudly pitching your new business after 48 hours of intense activity.

Experts, coaches and mentors will support all the teams and there will be a wealth of resources available, including help with coding and design if you need it.

Any teams wanting to push on after the weekend will have the chance to qualify for ongoing mentoring and our Accelerator Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs and support talent to form or join teams to explore a new business idea for the Central Victoria region. You can be from any industry.

This event will be focussed on the Campaspe, Central Goldfields, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges or Mount Alexander local government areas.

Participants must be 16 years and over.

NB: Team members between 16 and 18 years of age participating in a team need to be under the supervision
of a parent or adult with Working with Children accreditation.

This is an intensive weekend of online high energy learning. The Hackathon will run from 6pm on the Friday evening until 6pm on the Sunday (15-17 October 2021).

Facilitation will be between 6-9+pm Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday

By the end of the weekend you will understand how a complete, new business can be built using a collaborative approach.

You will connect with fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, designers, developers and other industry experts.

NB: Applicants to the Accelerator Program are strongly encouraged to also participate in the Hackathon.

The City of Greater Bendigo is managing Startup Central Victoria with funding received from Regional Development Victoria.

La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship and their partners have been engaged to deliver the coaching and training. Within their range of programs, they have supported over 111 start-ups over the past three years and counting. La Trobe University is a key partner to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Victoria.

No. Collaboration is highly encouraged; however, you can enter as either an individual or as a team.

Yes. If this is an issue for you or your team, there may be an opportunity to access a suitable space. Please contact us.

There is no fee to participate in this program. However, business initiation and participation (ie. travel /internet) expenses incurred will be your responsibility

Register by 13 October via Eventbrite

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The StartUp Central Victoria project is funded by Regional Development Victoria, led by the City of Greater Bendigo, and resourced by La Trobe University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship team and partners