Past event…

Event Ended

BNZ Partner Centre, Cameron Rd

For more info on upcoming
events & programs
visit your community's
new home on up.co

When?: 6,7,8 September 2013.

Register your interest by subscribing to the mailing list to start with and we’ll go from there. (Under our Facebook panel on the right hand side)

“What’s it all about then?”

Startup Weekend is where 4 types of people get together (if you are one of these 4 types come and join us):

  • Entrepreneurs who bring ideas to pitch
  • Do-ers who hear an idea they like and know what needs to be done to make it work (marketing, to-do lists etc)
  • Developers who can mash up technologies to create the magic
  • Designers who bring life and energy and colour into the projects

See yourself in one of those roles? Then come and build (or join) a team and form a new business in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun!  We welcome you whatever your skill level and we promise a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment.

“Can anyone pitch an idea?”

Yes! Anyone in any of those roles can pitch an idea. You don’t have to pitch though (but when the “final call” goes up, what’s the harm in jumping up for 60 seconds?)

“I’m not sure what role I fit in, I do a bit of everything”

Awesome, we’d be very glad to have you. Just choose a role you are leaning more towards.

“When does it all happen? What’s the timeline?”

The event starts on Friday evening 6 September 2013, with an icebreaker game and dinner (all 7 meals during the weekend are included), and then people pitch their businesses concepts to the crowd. 6-10 concepts will attract viable teams around them. By late Friday night, you will have sketched out your concept in some detail and everyone will have roles assigned and an inkling of how they’re going to achieve their goals over the weekend.

Saturday morning is all about market validation – you’ll be contacting potential customers and finding out if there’s really a market need for what you’re building. If not, you’ll need to pivot based on the information you’ve picked up by “getting out of the building” and talking to people. Meanwhile, your developers and designers will be furiously building your products (or mock-ups), and your team will be attracting partners, advisers, and customers.

On Sunday you’ll need to start preparing your 5-minute presentation. Your team will be pitching by dinner time. After that, prizes will be awarded to the best teams. Where you go from there is up to you. Many exciting businesses have come out of Startup Weekends.

“Success Stories?”

Plenty. In New Zealand, previous winners Tweaky.com,  TranscribeMe and Usnap.us have gone on to build thriving businesses which have launched in global markets within months of conception. Whether you just want to find out what the world of startups is like in a fun environment, you’re a developer or designer looking for the next big thing, or an entrepreneur looking for a team to turn your idea into reality, Startup Weekend is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and meet great people along the way.

“Alright, sounds cool. What’s next?”

Register your interest by subscribing to the mailing list to start with and we’ll go from there. (Under our Facebook panel on the right hand side)

You could walk into the room with an idea scribbled on a paper napkin and walk out 54 hours later with a start-up company. How cool is that!

Your ticket includes:

  • 7 Meals + Snacks + Drinks (Fri: Dinner; Sat: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; Sun: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • High Speed Wi-Fi
  • New friends
  • Awesomeness

Thank you to Our Premiere Sponsor:

kpmg_logo

National Sponsors
Facilitators

Bill Murphy

Executive Director at Enterprise Angels Tauranga, Director at Catalyst Management Services   |   LinkedIn

Bill has 25 years business experience gained in roles as a business owner, business investor, General Manager, CFO, accountant and business advisor in businesses in the US, UK and New Zealand.

Bill has worked in / advised businesses in many different sectors including manufacturing, building, IT, transport and export. He has a particular speciality advising on equity raising, business sales and purchases.

Bill is Executive Director at Enterprise Angels, the Bay of Plenty's Angel Investment Forum, which is now the second biggest Angel Investment group in New Zealand. In this role, Bill takes startup businesses and businesses requiring capital and prepares them for 'pitching' before Enterprise Angels members, a group of experienced and wealthy business owners and investors.

Mayor Stuart Crosby

Mayor of Tauranga City   |   LinkedIn

He has been an elected representative since 1986, serving as chairman on various committees and a period as Deputy Mayor. Mayor Crosby had a business background both in the electrical contracting and building industry. He now devotes all of his time to the position of Mayor both within Council and to the wider community.

His vision is for a “City of all ages” based on providing for today and planning for tomorrow.

Bronze Sponsors
Judges

Brett Roberts

Brett Roberts is the CEO of Tauranga-based web and software development company, Cucumber.   |   LinkedIn

His background includes being Director of New Technologies for the NZ subsidiary of Fortune 500 technology company, Pitney Bowes, co-founding business and technology strategy consultancy Business IQ Limited and 12 years with Microsoft New Zealand in a variety of senior management roles including OEM Director, Director of Platform Strategy, Director of Innovation and National Technology Officer. Brett started his career at Air New Zealand as an Avionics Engineer and during his time there moved into aircraft performance analysis, software development and IT management roles.

His areas of expertise include business and technology strategy, innovation, enterprise and government sales, B2B and B2C marketing, general management, government relations, communications and PR.

Brett has a Diploma in Business (IS) from the University of Auckland, is a former Chairman of the Auckland branch of the Institute of IT Professionals and is an Executive in Residence at the ICEHOUSE business incubator.

Cheryl Reynolds

CEO of SODA Inc   |   LinkedIn

Cheryl Reynolds is a creative entrepreneur and business leader with over twenty years experience at national and international levels across the creative digital and technology sectors.

Cheryl came to New Zealand in 2003 to take up the role of Creative Industries Director at Wintec where she has led the development of some innovative projects including SODA Inc. When SODA Inc opened its doors in 2009, Cheryl was invited to become its founding CEO, which she says has to be one of the best jobs in the world.

Trent Mankelow

Chief Product Officer at Vend   |   LinkedIn

Trent Mankelow is the Chief Product Officer for Vend, a cloud-based point-of-sale system. He coordinates the day-to-day activities of the wider product team, including development, design and QA, and ensures the team is delivering an exceptional product.

Trent is also a co-founder and director of Optimal Experience (formerly Optimal Usability), Australasia's leading user experience consultancy. Since 2002 Optimal has observed over 6,000 people interacting with websites, software, cellphones, automated phone systems and consumer electronics for 200+ clients in 20 industries such as Trade Me, Vodafone, F&P Healthcare, Westpac, Yahoo!, ACC and many others.

Trent has a computer science degree from Waikato University and is (relatively) fluent in Spanish.

Chirag Ahuja

Marketing Manager (WorkflowMax) at Xero   |   LinkedIn

Chirag is the marketing manager for Workflow Max (now a company of Xero).

There are 3 things he is passionate about:

1. Helping other people achieve their goals using his network, skills and knowledge. Thats what gets him going every morning.

2. Intersection of business & technology to develop environmentally and socially sustainable business models for lasting change.

3. Early stage product/service development in a start-up environment that challenges the status quo and solve real world problems.

Gold Sponsors
Mentors

Nick Churchouse

Venture Manager at Creative HQ   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Working with startups and founders, I bring a content-driven mindset to business growth, and focuson bringing storytelling to the fore.

I work in a dynamic space

Bill Murphy

Executive Director at Enterprise Angels Tauranga, Director at Catalyst Management Services   |   LinkedIn

Bill has 25 years business experience gained in roles as a business owner, business investor, General Manager, CFO, accountant and business advisor in businesses in the US, UK and New Zealand.

Bill has worked in / advised businesses in many different sectors including manufacturing, building, IT, transport and export. He has a particular speciality advising on equity raising, business sales and purchases.

Bill is Executive Director at Enterprise Angels, the Bay of Plenty's Angel Investment Forum, which is now the second biggest Angel Investment group in New Zealand. In this role, Bill takes startup businesses and businesses requiring capital and prepares them for 'pitching' before Enterprise Angels members, a group of experienced and wealthy business owners and investors.

Tim Bell

Corporate Partner at Bank of New Zealand   |   LinkedIn

Specialties: Business Strategy, Financial Analysis, Due Diligence, Business Planning, Finance and Strategic Planning

Alistair McMahon

Business growth accelerator   |   LinkedIn

I get a real buzz out of seeing businesses grow - by developing smarter sales strategies, helping people gain new skills and pushing the boundaries of performance.

I've spent most of my working life in various marketing and sales roles - everything from business development right through to running businesses - but basically I've been finding ways to engage customers, solve problems and make sales. I get a real kick out of this selling stuff and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my time focussed on it nearly every day.

Specialties: Sales, Business Development, Branding, Marketing, Communications, People Management, Learning and Development.

Jo Allum

Co-founder, CCO at The Purple Box Limited, Creative Director of yojoDESIGN   |   LinkedIn

Jo is a Co-founder of The Purple Box Limited a relationship enabling organisation who's products include OneGratis the smart-phone reward card app for shopkeepers and their customers.

She is also Creative Director of NZ based yojoDESIGN, employing 'Design Thinking' to the development of creative, design and marketing solutions for SME's in NZ, Australia and the UK.

Jo is an entrepreneur who has been involved in or co-founded a number of ventures (including her most important to date - her son and daughter!) and has been instrumental in the successful start-up and expansion of client businesses, using her creative, content and marketing skills.

Tim Uckun

Coach   |   LinkedIn

Tim is a technology consultant in New Zealand. Tim has experience consulting in diversified roles, but specialises in product development, business strategy, infrastructure and software development processes. Tim has clients in the US, UK, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

Sam Kidd

Teamwork Project Manager   |   LinkedIn

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Project Management, E-commerce, Business Development, Online Advertising, Start-ups, Social Media and SEO.

Darren Twiss

Managing Director at Overair Group   |   LinkedIn

Darren has a unique mix of technical and business skills.

He founded Overair Group in 2009 to pursue the huge opportunities that mobile technology can bring to business. Particularly, businesses that have mobile workforces and a wide spread customer base. Visit: overair.co.nz

He is also the creator of jobsapp.co.nz which is a job dispatch product that helps businesses run more profitable mobile workforces that keep their customers coming back.

Luke Stewart

Associate at Holland Beckett   |   LinkedIn

At Holland Beckett, Luke is practicing mainly in Property, Commercial and Employment Law

Mark Shingleton

UX / UI Designer / Developer / Motion Graphics guy   |   LinkedIn

Working as a freelancer and moving into the fields of motion graphics and digital imagery as well as keeping up to date with the latest techniques and news in the web design & development world.

Currently I'm working on a contractor basis with the fine folk at Cucumber while also working on a some freelance UX and Motion Graphics projects.

Silver Sponsors
Organisers
Sheldon Nesdale
Tina Jennen
Stacey Jones
Clare Swallow
Lisa Martin-Payne
Kristy Hoare
Heidi Seal
Michelle Herrick
Blog

Saasu, a very kind sponsor

by Ana Vieira

Tauranga Startup Weekend welcomes another sponsor to the event: Saasu. Saasu is a cloud-based, online accounting software to meet the needs […]

Upcoming Events

© Copyright 2017, Startup Weekend. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy