Startup Weekend Kāpiti 2019

    Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

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Startup Weekend Kāpiti 2019

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019

Friday, May 24 - 26, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Kapiti Community Centre
15 Ngahina Street,
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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Techweek // Startup Weekend Kāpiti

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

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams are mentored by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education.


Date: 24th, 25th, 26th May 2019
5.30 pm Friday, Doors open registration
5:00 pm Sunday, Final Pitch/Celebration night begins
Venue: Kāpiti Community Center. 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu
Pitch/ Celebration: KCDC Chambers, Rimu Road.

Why Attend a Startup Weekend?

Many people want to try entrepreneurship, but can't find time around their study/work/family commitments. Startup Weekends are a high-impact/low-commitment vehicle for you to test your ideas and see if entrepreneurship is for you. Even if you aren't looking to start something new, this experience will equip you with entrepreneurial thinking, that you can bring into your existing work.Not everyone can spare 3 months, but everyone can spare a weekend.

What Do I Get Out Of It?

  • You will get a taste of the startup world, and gain first-hand experience about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine).
  • You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a multi-million dollar startup, be it on this weekend or down the road.
  • You will get a chance to network and mingle with some of the top brass in the New Zealand entrepreneurship/investing communities - individuals that would otherwise be very hard to reach - and ask them questions to your heart's content.
  • You will greatly expand your network and build lasting relationships with the most innovative, creative and motivated people in Kāpiti. This could mean a new client, employer, business partner, new employee, investor or even a friend!
  • Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!).

How Does It Work?

We begin on Friday night with open-mic "elevator pitches", where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room! Teams then form around the most exciting ideas and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your Minimal Viable Product (MVP). The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their MVP to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. In the end, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks - a chance to network before saying goodbye!Check Out Last Years Video

Why Do I Have to Pay?

The price of your ticket almost covers the cost of your food and drinks; if you work out how much six meals + free beer + unlimited coffee will cost, you could more than break even just by showing up and eating! On top of all the grub, all participants get heaps of exclusive goodies including free domain names, web services and more. Not to mention free coaching and guidance from some of the best mentors around. All in all, its probably the best money you'll ever spend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most exciting 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.

But I'm Not An Entrepreneur...

You don't have to be! At every Startup Weekend, participants come from all walks of life, ranging from students to educators, bankers to doctors, even retirees! Worried you don't have the skills? That is why we have experienced mentors here to guide you (and Startup Weekends are about learning anyway). Too young/old? We have had participants as young as 12 and as old as 70, so if you fall within 0-100 years old, you're sweet!Get off that fence, join us, and get ready for the ride of your life.Still, have questions, feel free to reach us at or @swkapitiDon’t wait any longer and join the Kāpiti Startup Weekend movement!

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Friday May 24th

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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

Saturday May 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Nick Harley
Marketing Director

Nick is Director of Marketing at Raygun - A Wellington based company selling products that help software teams detect and diagnose issues in their code.

Having spent the last 15 years in and around startup businesses, including several of his own, he is no stranger to the successes and failures that come with building upon an idea from the ground up.

Joining at its infancy, Raygun is now one of New Zealand’s fastest growing tech companies, recently announcing plans to invest $15M and create 70+ new jobs in the Wellington region to support their rapid growth.

Between the company HQ on Courtenay Place and Seattle offices, the company supports thousands of customers over 100 countries, including Coca-Cola, Dominos Pizza, Samsung and Microsoft.

Originally from the UK, Nick now calls the beautiful Kapiti Coast home with his partner and two daughters.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Kāpiti 2019 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Ross
  • Rebbeca
  • Lingy


Lingy Au
Programme Director

Programme Director at Creative HQ

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