We recently caught up with SpareHarvest founder Helen Andrews to reflect on her experience at Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast and the impact the experience has had on her since in growing her business.
What year did you participate?
I shared Spare Harvest to the public at the 2015 Startup Weekend held at the Innovation Centre.
How did your team perform?
We were well received at our initial pitch receiving the most audience votes. Unfortunately, we did not win the event but we gained so much.
How did you grow over the weekend?
The weekend gave me the opportunity to meet other people and grow my network. I had little to no skills, just a great idea and I needed to surround myself with people who could make my idea a reality. Although we were not able to produce an MVP, we were able to refine our business model and get further clarity around what Spare Harvest was.
What impact has the weekend had for you since?
My network grew substantially over the weekend. I still catchup with many that were on the Spare Harvest team. I gathered new skills by understanding better what I had to learn. The learning journey started on that weekend and continues today.
What would you say to someone thinking of registering for startup weekend SC 2019?
If you have an idea and not sure what to do or where to go, then share your idea at a Startup Weekend. To build a startup you need to surround you with people who share your vision and can add value to help you grow your idea. The Startup Weekend experience will be a valuable one, so join a community of people who can grow your idea.