Best-selling author and Entrepreneur Dan Norris Joins the Judging Panel at Startup Weekend Gold Coast

It’s not just the opportunity to turn an idea into reality that makes Startup Weekend’s so awesome – it’s the people you have the chance to connect with over the weekend too!

The community driven movement attracts some of the best entrepreneurs and experts in the country to lend support and provide mentoring and assistance as teams race to create a viable business in 54 hours. The mentors and judges that are volunteering their time for the first Global Startup Weekend event at the Gold Coast Hub’s new Burleigh Heads premises are second to none.  You can check out the full line up of mentors over at the official event page, and read more here about our fantastic panel of judges.

[fancy_header type=”3″]Dan Norris[/fancy_header]

Dan Norris is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning content marketer, international speaker and the author of 4 number 1 Amazon best selling business books.

In June 2013 after failing at entrepreneurship for 7 years, he founded wpcurve.com, a worldwide team of WordPress developers, providing unlimited small fixes and support, 24 / 7 for a low monthly fee. After becoming profitable in 23 days, WP Curve grew to a team of 40, 850+ customers and passed an annual run rate of over $1m AUD within 2 years and a year later was sold to GoDaddy.  

With over 65,000 copies sold, Dan’s books have been translated into 13 languages and inspired thousands of people around the world to launch their businesses, with may resulting in 6 and even 7 figure businesses.  

Dan is also the co-founder of Black Hops Brewing, a craft beer brewery located on the Gold Coast, Australia. In 2015 Black Hops brewed the world’s first beer for the biggest entertainment franchise on earth, Call of Duty.

Dan is passionate about helping people launch entrepreneurial projects. He has a paid 7 Day Startup group as well as a free Facebook group with over 12,000 members.

[fancy_header type=”3″]Armin Weiner[/fancy_header]

Armin Weiner is a global industry leader in Healthcare systems and has both strong analytical skills along with extensive experience in providing next-generation Information System solutions to complex clinical / information / workflow problems.
Armin’s experience is based on involvement in the early years of IT development in the 1980s and the subsequent 30 years of professional life spent in different cultures – including 10 years in Israel, 10 in Europe and 10 years in Silicon Valley.

European experience includes Microsoft, France Telecom and the Dutch PTT in developing communication drivers for the Windows Server Operating System, followed by the company Scitex, the pioneer in digital pre-press imaging where revolutionary publishing methods were designed and implemented.

Moving to the USA, he co-founded RealTimeImage, an innovator in the field of medical imaging. Armin and his company invented new streaming technology to view medical image sets, dramatically improving the quality of patient care which introduced a new paradigm in the rural areas of the world, along with easing the management of medical images in data centres.

After the company was successfully sold to GE/IDX, Armin returned to Israel where he researched and developed new technologies in the image processing market for both the Healthcare and Security & Intelligence markets.

After moving to Australia in 2010 – he held Architectural and strategic positions within Queensland health and SA Health as well as heading the development of the state-wide Tuberculosis Information System (Under the QH Chief Health Officer branch) .

‘My goal is to revolutionise the way in which clinicians in Australia gain access to patients’ image data.’

[fancy_header type=”3″]Meryl Johnson[/fancy_header]

Meryl is the founder and CEO of Bean Ninjas.

Bean Ninjas is a productised service which helps e-commerce stores / freelancers / digital agencies / coaches and consultants to stay on top of their business finances using Xero.

The business started in 2015 and in just 2 years has built a global team servicing customers in Australia, US and United Kingdom.

Meryl is a Chartered Accountant and prior to Bean Ninjas she ran a consulting firm, worked at international accounting firm BDO and lectured in accounting at Central Queensland University.


Tickets to attend Global Startup Weekend Gold Coast are still available.  Use promo code GCHUB for a 10% discount.

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