Startup Weekend Christchurch 2018

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Christchurch 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

146A Lichfield Street
Christchurch, New Zealand

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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 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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Friday May 4th

5:30 pm
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 5th

9:00 am
Doors open
You can arrive and get back to work

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

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 6th

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

8:30 am
Breakfast & coffee

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

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

12:00 pm

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

3:30 pm
Tech Check
Tech-check at presentation venue

4:30 pm
Tools Down

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Rachel Wright
Operations Director at UC Centre for Entrepreneurship

Operations Director at UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE). Rachel has managed the UCE Summer Startup Programme (formerly UC Innovators) since its inception in 2013. As such, she has extensive experience supporting and mentoring students with their own commercial and social enterprises.

Jason Bishop
CEO of Sourced

CEO of Sourced.

Michael Durie
Founder Durie Hill & Associates

Founder Durie Hill & Associates, 1:1 marketing, sales and growing your business.

Coaches and Mentors

Anya Anderson

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, 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 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."

Paul Spence
Director, cofounder, COO

Early stage tech venture development. Business project management. Technology sector facilitation and collaboration. Virtual communities. Geosciences. Aviation industry.

Specialties: Domain registrar industry software development. New venture development.
Technology event project management. Innovation commentator / blogger. Social media marketing. Commercial pilot and flight instructor. Geologist & Meteorologist. Quality management, ISO 9000 auditor. 

Renea Mackie

Renea is the founder of Creative Forest.

Rob Lawrence
Regional Business Partners

Rob knows everything there is to know about Callaghan Innovation.

Raphael Nolden
Co-founder and CEO - Osnova

Raphael began his career in the field of education and reserach, been a lecture for over 3 years at the University of Canterbury. He also has a background in medical physics where he co-developed a patent in the health tech sector.

Currently He is CEO and Founder of Osnova, the creators of Amy an Artificial Intelligence based private tutoring system for maths. He has been previously well associated with many startup weekends in New Zealand and TedX

Bex De Prospo

Founder at Anteater.

N/A Rivett

Kendall Flutey

CEO and co-founder of Banqer.

Louis Go
xone Coordinator

xone Coordinator

Nick Burns
Sales Guru

Sales Guru.

Geoff Brash
CEO GBJ Innovation

Advisor, investor and director for high-growth startups.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Christchurch 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Sam
  • Geoff
  • Erica
  • Wendy
  • Jade
  • Bex
    De Prospo
  • Bex
    De Prospo
  • Gina


Geoff Brash
CEO GBJ Innovation

Advisor, investor and director for high-growth startups.

Event Staff

Wendy Rockhouse
Business Innovation Partner

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