Kāpiti Creative Startup Weekend

    Friday, July 27 - 29, 2018

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Kāpiti Creative Startup Weekend

Friday, July 27 - 29, 2018

Friday, July 27 - 29, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Whitireia Kapiti Campus
9 Milne Dr
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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Don't miss out on this great weekend event focused on fostering creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Build your network and learn.

A Startup Weekend allows you to create a startup in just 54 hours collaborating with a group of motivated individuals. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. You can pitch your idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ones and form teams with diverse skill sets.

Over the course of the weekend, you will have you need to explore your creativity and create a prototype of your MVP (minimum viable product) that fits the needs of your target customer.

We're a creative community here in Kāpiti, and if you are keen to get together with other creatives, then this Startup Weekend is for you!

Check out the video of last year's event here: https://youtu.be/Z8fCkl3tYZU 

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Kāpiti Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

We welcome both business ideas and social enterprise ideas (i.e ones that help your community, but are not-for-profit).

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

You may need to bring a laptop or smartphone, depending on the idea you choose to work on.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Your Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend.
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners and local sponsors.
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, entrepreneurs and general (and curious) people from the community eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at swkapiti@gmail.com or call Rebecca on 027 688 2117 and we will get back to you ASAP.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Kāpiti Startup Weekend movement!

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Friday July 27th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 (12am midnight)

Saturday July 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Check in
Teams 1 minute update

12:00 pm
Grab some lunch and mingle with other teams

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

4:00 pm
Pitch practice
Mentors give teams a first run through and feedback on their pitches.

6:30 pm
Time for dinner and we are bringing in one of the fabulous food trucks from Kapiti

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, ask for help (if you need it)

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (12am midnight)

Sunday July 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee. Waffles and healthy smoothies!

10:00 am
Pitch practice
Second pitch practice for teams, chance to polish your presentations.

12:00 pm
Grab a sandwich to power through the next few hours of excitement!

12:30 pm
Check in
1 minute updates from teams

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Pitches begin
Each team gets 5 mins to pitch their startup weekend idea

6:30 pm
Time to relax and celebrate your achievements!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Awards are presented to every team who participated, and we get to see who is crowned the winner of Kapiti Startup Weekend 2018!

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home!
Thank your team mates, swap numbers to keep in touch, and think about joining the organising crew next year!

9:00 pm
Crew cleanup
The crew will be undertaking clean up of the venue, ready for classes on Monday. Time for all participants to go home!


Sam Parkin
Software Developer, Social Entrepreneur

Born in New Plymouth, raised in Raglan and currently living in Wellington, Sam is an experienced analyst developer and founder of multiple startups. Specialising in early stage tech solutions and lean methodologies he has over 30 years programming experience, and is passionate about community empowerment provided through platforms such as Wellington’s PHP programming language and Linux user groups.
Sam is a Foundation member of Enspiral http://www.enspiral.com - a bold experiment to create a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work. This decentralised network of social entrepreneurs is finding the balance of autonomy and collaboration, and innovating new processes and tools in business, technology, and social change.
A self selected geek his outside interests usually revolve around technology: hardware hacking with his 3D printer and the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms although he also claims to own more guitars than the number of songs he knows how to play on them.

Coaches and Mentors

Craig Ironside

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Kāpiti Creative Startup Weekend 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 Kapiti is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • David
  • Helen
  • Rebbeca
  • Tobias

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