Startup Weekend Christchurch 2017

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017


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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Christchurch 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017



Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

EPIC
100 Manchester Street
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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Launch a startup in 54 hours.


A high-energy weekend filled with aspiring and proven entrepreneurs.

Startup Weekend is the place to launch an idea, meet co-founders, and grow your networks within the startup ecosystem! It’s Outward Bound for entrepreneurs!

Startup Weekend Christchurch is held once a year in EPIC in the heart of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct. Developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 19th


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


6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Event Starts
Kick off

Saturday May 20th


8:00 am
Doors open
You can arrive and get back to work


8:30 am
Breakfast
Breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Check-in
check-in, status reports, call for help


11:30 am
Check-in
check-in, status reports, call for help


12:00 pm
Lunch


6:00 pm
Check-In
check-in, status reports, call for help


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:00 pm
Pitch Practice 1
Run through of 5 minute pitch with slides


11:55 pm
Event closed
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 1am

Sunday May 21st


8:00 am
Doors Open
You can arrive and get back to work


8:30 am
Breakfast
Breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Check-In


9:30 am
Pitch Practice 2
Run through of 5 minute pitch with slides


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:45 pm
Pitch Practice 3
Run through of 5 minute pitch with slides - final practice


3:30 pm
Tech Check
Tech-check.at ARA


4:30 pm
Tools Down


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Dinner


8:30 pm
Judging & Awards


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up


9:30 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Rachel Wright



Steve Wakefield
Partner - Deloitte



Garth Wynne



Coaches and Mentors


Chris Elles

Chris has over 20 years of diverse experience in tech manufacturing, ecommerce, marketing, sales, leadership, human capital development, and capacity building for brands like Amazon.com, Harley-Davidson, and the NZ Army.

Chris received his degree from FSU, studied at the U of Penn's Wharton School of Business Evening Program, and will be attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in 2016.

As an entrepreneur, early stage employee of Amazon.com and a key stakeholder in the NZ Army's Aumangea Assessment Programme Chris views problem solving as his profession and is dedicated to helping others to "Think Better, Faster."


Ben Reid



Kendall Flutey
CEO



Paul Spence
Co-founder of Iwantmyname

Paul is a co-founder of iwantmyname a Wellington based domain name registrar that serves around 100,000 customers globally. He has also been involved in 18 Startup Weekend events as a participant, organiser, mentor, sponsor or judge, including a recent guest spot as an international judge at Bali Startup Weekend: Social Innovation. Paul is also the New Zealand editor for Startup Digest, a weekly newsletter of all the coolest startup, tech and innovation related events. You can reach him @GeniusNet on Twitter.


Anna Guenther
Chief Bubble Blower, PledgeMe

A super supporter of Startup Weekend, generous with her time and energy, Anna is a crowdfunding marvel and has developed her own successful startup into a successful crowdfunding platform, with close to $9 million being raised. And if you aren't following her on twitter, you are missing out!


Anya Anderson
CEO



Martyn Rivett

An  independent consultant and tech advisor, Martyn is all about solving problems and creating real world value. He bring strategy, analysis, sales and execution expertise  from around the globe and from sectors as diverse as logistics, telecoms, energy, industry, legal, finance and government.

His real passion is technology, and he spends an inordinate amount of time learning and tinkering with software and IoT things. Martyn views his experience on the sharp end at SWCHCH2016 as one of the most rewarding and challenging of his business life, and he feels totally privileged to contribute as a mentor this time around.



Daniel Wallace
General Manager - Civil & Environmental



Robert Lawrence
Technology Regional Business Partner



Christina Minamizawa



Geoff Brash
Co-Founder SLI Systems



Raphael Nolden
Co-founder and CEO of Osnova

Raphael has a background in medical physics where he co-developed a patent in the health tech sector. He is currently working as a lecturer for the international college at the University of Canterbury and is the co-founder of Osnova, a startup which is developing an adaptive learning system that delivers customised teaching using its understanding of the student.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Christchurch 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Geoff
    Brash
  • Alex
    Procter
  • Erica
    Austin
  • Wendy
    Rockhouse
  • Raphael
    Nolden
  • Sam
    Ragnarsson

Facilitators


Geoff Brash
Co-Founder SLI Systems



Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of SW Lex 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, KY; small stint in Charlotte, NC
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 13+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1


Event Staff


Wendy Rockhouse
Business Innovation Partner



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