Startup Weekend Auckland

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Auckland

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Massey University, Albany Campus
5 University Avenue
Albany 0632
Auckland, New Zealand

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Friday November 20th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (Around about 1 AM Saturday morning)

Saturday November 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm

6:15 pm
1 minute update, check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Pitch Practice
First pitch practice to mentors.

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (Around about 1 AM Sunday morning)

Sunday November 22nd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:15 am
Pitch Practice

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Practice

3:00 pm
Tech check

5:00 pm
Final Presentations - Round 1

6:45 pm

7:30 pm
Final Presentations - Round 2

9:30 pm
Judging and awards
well done :-)

Event Judges

Sue de Bievre
CEO - Limited

Sue de Bievre is CEO of, a company dedicated to delivering a better way for business to get their accounts and tax work done. "We pick up from the end of the Xero file and prepare business accounts for small businesses, using custom built software and a client facing attitude."  The technology developed in this company has been supported by Callaghan Innovation and has been recognised as a finalist in the Excellence in Innovation category for the Auckland Business of the Year Awards. is one of NZ's fastest growing online accountants.

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

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.

Ed Hyde

Ed is currently CEO of Qrious, a Big Data and Analytics business which launched in March 2014 tasked with delivering value to customers through the better use of data. Qrious is part of Spark NZ Ltd – the largest Telecommunications business in NZ.Prior to this Ed has been responsible for the development of a number of startups in the data and mobile domain in both the UK and NZ and spent a number of years as GM of Mobile for Spark NZ LtdHe has a passion for digital, transformational technologies and disruptive business models and played a key role in the setup of Spark Ventures and new growth until specifically targeted at driving new revenue in the digital domain.He is a keen runner and cyclist with his most notable sporting achievement being 10th place in the 2010 Xterra World Trail running championships in Hawaii.

Matthew Cawte

As General Manager for Ixom New Zealand, Matthew runs New Zealand’s largest chemicals buisness and supports most of NZ’s most well-known primary and industrial markets. In 2014, Ixom NZ won Fonterra’s Global Vendor awards for solutions in Productivity and Sustainability, and in 2013 won the Quality award for their Food Safety Program. Matt has had various roles in Finance and Technology in NZ and Europe with Unilever, Oracle, Sony, Lion and Wellington Drive Technologies. He worked in Poland and France and helped launch the original PlayStation in Europe and rose to be European IT Director for his sins. He ran his own London based IT services company - Mediasoup -  for four years.
He has a BCom from the University of Auckland, an MBA from London Business School. He enjoys cricket, wine and misadventure and plays guitar in the rock phenomena that is The Doubtful Sounds (unsigned).

Coaches and Mentors

Alan Froggatt
Leadership & Venture Development

Alan founded Genratec, an Integral Leadership Development and Generative Coaching company. Genratec has developed its own proprietary methodology, a platform chosen by over 2600 individuals, leaders, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business owners & others in over 7 countries to develop their capacity for professional performance. He has founded/co-founded several other business, one of which generating over a $1.2M profit for investors within the first year of business.

Mahsa Marks
Leadership & Human Development Coach

Mahsa is an Associate with Genratec, an Integral Leadership Development and Generative Coaching company.
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! 

Mike Zeff
Startup Consultant & Mentor

Mike is passionate about working with people and technology to create and sustain cities as great places to live and work. Mike loves working with motivated individuals and teams as they bring innovative ideas to life and discover talents they never realised they had. Mike is a believer in creating high skilled, technology focused, jobs to grow both local and national economies.

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.

Janine Barr
Leadership & Human Development Coach

Creator, artist and business owner. Collaborator, innovator and devoted mother. Janine is passionate about design, people and the future.

When not frolicking at being a photographer for Startup Weekend New Zealand, Janine is proving her metal as an entrepreneur. Currently she is a Regional Partner with Genratec® - a global innovator in the field of generative coaching technologies. From foundations of excellence in personal and professional development, Genratec is both a programme provider and licensing body. The Genratec MasterLiving programme has created results for over 2600 individuals and their companies since it was first developed in 1996.

Together with business partners, Janine has been founder/co-founder for a number of start-ups, including one that generated over $1.2M profit for investors in its first year of operation.

Kenina Court
Principal at Crowe Horwath

Kenina Court joined Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited as a Principal in the Business Advisory division in 2011 following the sale of her own accounting firm (to Crowe Horwath) which she founded back in 2000.  Kenina has worked in both commercial and public practice at senior levels and has experience in a number of industries and areas including property, wholesale / retail, import / export, franchising, start-ups and professional services. She loves helping people to achieve their dreams and goals and particularly enjoys the areas of strategy, business modelling and entity structuring.

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!

Rick Shera
Partner at Lowndes Jordan

Rick has a Masters degree with first class honours in internet law from Auckland University. He heads up Lowndes Jordan's ( intellectual  property/information technology team, which acts for cloud service providers, telcos, ISPs, media companies, digital publishers and authors, webdesign houses, software developers and network providers/integrators, as well as providing IP and ICT advice to general business and corporate clients. If your start-up doesn’t fall within one of those categories, you’re probably in the wrong place so make the most of finding out from Rick about gnarly issues like IP protection, online legal issues, business structuring and commercialisation! 

Heath Milligan
Entrepreneur, Commercial adviser, Seed-stage investor

Heath is on a mission to commercialise kiwi technologies internationally to create jobs and wealth in New Zealand. The impact model Heath subscribes to says that employment and increasing household incomes has the biggest effect on a range of social issues (poverty, health, educational achievement), and he believes we need to be bringing income into the 'household' of Aotearoa by delivering value abroad. 

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. 

Sam Kidd
Co Founder at LawVu

Sam Kidd is co-founder of NZ based software company, 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 for seven years. Sam is also an investor director in the amazing New Zealand based online accountancy
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.

Hady Osman

Hady is a passion-driven developer who juggles multiple hats on a daily basis - frontend engineer, development team lead, coach and scrum master.

Hady helps organisations bring exciting ideas to life on the web. He also work closely with developers to optimise their code for people and not technology.

Specialties: Scalable front end architectures, full stack development, mentoring developers, agile facilitation and going over the call of duty to get things done and delivered

Colart Miles
Innovation Leader

Colart is a specialist in Business Model Disruption and New Ventures. A seasoned Agilist with a 20+ year track record of delivering outcomes and helping organisations become more effective and nimble. Colart has an active public profile, which includes; regular speaking engagements, blogging and organiser for events such as Start-up weekend Auckland and Tatau.

Colart's mentoring specialties include:

  • Business Design and Operational Modelling
  • Lean Startup Method and Customer Development
  • Lean Canvas and Value Proposition Design
  • Business Agility Coaching (SCRUM, LEAN & KANBAN)
  • Dynamic Governance

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Auckland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Richard
  • Rowan
  • Alan
  • Colart
  • Laura
  • Pauli
  • Mahsa
  • Rachael
  • David


Rowan Yeoman
SWNZ National Director

Rowan is an entrepreneur, startup adviser, investor and Startup Weekend global facilitator. He is passionate about the potential that entrepreneurship has to create transformation in people's lives and in the world. Having facilitated Startup Weekends both in New Zealand and internationally, he has seen firsthand the inspiration and capability that Startup Weekend can release in people. Inspiration and capability that these entrepreneurs can bend towards doing great things in the world.

Rowan works to help develop both entrepreneurs and the startup ecosystem as a whole.

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