Startup Weekend Auckland
Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
132 Halsey Street
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday June 12th
Saturday June 13th
Sunday June 14th
Lillian Grace is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, the first organisation globally to designate everyone as a user of data and to build the systems, software, language and trust required to deliver to this standard. Lillian is also on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence developing methods and approaches for transforming complex data about NZ into knowledge, tools, and insight. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.
Coaches and Mentors
Now, putting his passion and experience into a mix of start-up coaching and angel investing, NGO governance work and freelance SAP consulting.
Sue has been involved in numerous start ups over the past 20 years in different sectors and brings a wealth of business and technical knowledge with her. Recently featured as "The High Tech Accountant" in Acuity, the Australian/New Zealand Chartered Accountant's magazine, she continues to push the boundaries with her team at beany.biz.
Sue is also extensively involved in regional economic development, holding key governance roles in the Central North Island and advocating nationally for the entrepreneurial community.
Sam Kidd is co-founder of NZ based software company lawvu.com, which enables companies to improve communication and reduce costs when dealing with their lawyers. He returned to New Zealand from Ireland where his passion for start-up’s began. Self-employed since 1999, Sam has been involved in a diverse range of businesses from retail and food through to technology. He was part of the team at Teamwork.com for seven years. Sam is also an investor director in the amazing New Zealand based online accountancy Beany.com.Sam is no stranger to Startup events having mentored at over ten events throughout New Zealand. He is also an active member of the Enterprise Angels network as an early stage investor.
Jennie has a background in corporates like Telecom and Flight Centre, but these days spends her time with small and medium sized businesses, including in her role as a mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand.
AKLSW specialties: personas, strategic frameworks, testing.
Her career spans all major business functions including governance, finance, operations and international marketing. And her ability to identify the unique strengths of individuals has lead to her building high performing teams across many business functions.
Mahsa has been part of the New Zeland Startup Weekend family since the very first event held in May 2011, participating and mentoring at Startup Weekends around the country. She was a member of Garden Genie, the winner of Auckland Startup Weekend and the Global Startup Battle (2013).
Mahsa is an advocate for transforming lives and communities through entrepreneurship and education. She is passionate about unleashing human potential through experiential learning. Startup Weekends are just the place for that!
Having done Business Development, Sales and Marketing for startups in San Francisco, Europe, Auckland & Tokyo, Heath has lived and learnt from the good and bad of tech startup-land and brought home millions in bacon (gross margin $) for the teams he has worked with.
Heath is a strategic operator that brings clarity to value propositions, and bizdev drive to teams so that we can create the future -- translating ideas and strategies into reality quickly.
Richard brings a pragmatic ‘let’s get on with it’ approach built through 9 years service as a British Army officer. This pragmatism is coupled with a grasp of commercial realities developed as Richard served on the management and leadership teams of several organisations.
In recent years Richard has become one of a very few people worldwide to be both qualified and experienced in Holacracy (a form of enterprise wide agility and dynamic governance) combined with traditional agile methods/frameworks.
Mike has more than 25 years in technology related roles, including 10 years with Microsoft working with enterprises, Independent Software Vendors and technology startups. He still spends time mentoring startups through Incubators and Startup Weekend events.
One of Kenina’s mantras is ‘There must be another way to do it, I just haven’t found it yet’ which is an excellent example of her inexhaustible curiosity and inability to unthinkingly accept the status quo. Kenina also sits on the board of two charitable trusts which help meet her desire to contribute positively to her greater community. Outside of work, Kenina is very happily married with three boys (two of whom are teenagers!) who most certainly keep her on her toes!
At a young age Bhavesh's curiosity and imagination led him to see what a blue crayon masterpiece (potato like figure with legs, eyes and a smile) would look like on a white fence; more recently these same traits were in action to figure out how a cluster of old storage silos can become a mini-golf course.
Yes, there are many things he gets up to.
Fortunately, Bhavesh collaborates with many talented people in all his ventures. His holistic approach developed from applying his product design and design thinking knowledge across various projects allows him to bring vision and value to all endeavours and resourcefulness; whether it be through ideation, processes, materials, knowledge or networks. Bhavesh doesn't always have the answers – sometimes they don’t exist yet – but he does know how to go about achieving them alongside others.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Auckland team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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