Startup Weekend Kapiti

    Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Kapiti

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Whitireia Polytechnic - Kapiti Campus
9 Milne Dr
Paraparaumu, New Zealand

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Let's kickstart Kapiti with Startup Weekend!

What can you do in 54 hours? Well, in Kapiti you can share ideas, meet a team, and be mentored by the industry's finest at our first ever Startup Weekend Kapiti event. You’ll find the tools to design and build a new product, service or business in the space of a single, fast-paced weekend. 

Tap into Kapiti’s startup community for a high-energy weekend you won’t forget. Check out the video for more info.

Registrations open now. Sign up to startup.


Friday July 22nd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and grab your name tag!

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

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
For those who have come with the inking of an idea, now is your time to do a 60 second pitch!

8:30 pm
Pick your teams
All participants vote for the top pitches, and start forming into teams.

9:00 pm
Start Work
Brainstorm how your idea might work, and start thinking about your customers.

Saturday July 23rd

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee. Lots of coffee.

10:30 am
Customer Validation
It's time to get on the phone, or get out of the building! Go find customers, and learn what they want.

12:00 pm
Grab something to eat, and hear from other teams about how they are going.

6:00 pm
Take time out to grab a bite to eat while you are hard at work! Catch up on what other teams are up to.

7:00 pm
Pitch Practice
Have a go at seeing how your pitch is shaping up, and get feedback from the pitch coaches.

Sunday July 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Ask questions, ask for help. From here on in mentors are paired with teams for the final stretch through to pitch time.

12:00 pm
Grab food on-the-go and keep working on those ideas.

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, and do a tech-check of your presentation so that everything will work properly for your team's pitch.

5:00 pm
Tools down, and time to relax and socialise over dinner before the pitches begin.

6:00 pm
Pitch presentations from teams
All teams present their pitch in order, including q&a with the judges.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners announced, and the awarding of prizes, including special prizes for each team.

8:00 pm
Go Home!
After an exciting, exhilarating and exhausting weekend, you get to go home...a few days older, and a whole lot wiser!


Dave Moskovitz
Professional Geek

First and foremost, Dave is a dad and husband, but most of the time he describes himself as a professional geek.

Dave is passionate about a lot of things, especially the things that enable his family to develop and thrive, as well as the communities of which he is a part of. Dave is involved with WebFund and Ligntning Lab where he launches online startups, and Think Tank Consulting where he helps clients with governance, strategy, sensible exploitation of IT, and lexicography.  Dave is an active member of AngelHQ, Wellington’s Angel Investment Club, and is a director in a number of companies including The Appreciation EngineDomain Name Commission LimitedPublons, and Starup New Zealand Limited. Dave is on the InterentNZ Council, and a strong supporter of Open Source software. Dave thinks that software patents are stupid.  He's also a Councillor (director) at Open Polytechnic because he thinks distance learning is about to completely disrupt tertiary education, and he believes OP’s non-MOOC blended model is a winner for delivering vocational education in New Zealand and around the world.

Event Judges

Liz Koh

Liz established her financial planning company—Moneymax—in 1999, after a successful career in management. Her practical, common-sense advice has led to a flourishing business. She has built a profile locally and nationally through publishing a book  (Your Money Personality: Unlock the Secret to a Rich and Happy Life, Awa Press, 2008) and writing articles for newspapers, magazines and websites.   Liz has a Master’s degree in Economics. She is an Authorised Financial Adviser, a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She is a volunteer mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand, a past President of Rotary Club of Kapiti and is on the Wellington panel of the J. R. McKenzie Trust. Liz is Deputy Chair of the Nikau Foundation and was recently the Chair of the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Angela Buswell

Angela currently has 2 footwear retail stores, Levin and Greytown. After finishing her apprenticeship in General footwear manufacture she then went on to gain a Footwear Design and Technology Diploma in the UK.  Returning to NZ to buy the family's footwear factory in Waikanae with sister Cushla.  A couple of years later the Minx Footwear brand was created and manufactured in Kapiti until 2005. Over the years in retail, customer service has been the key to success and driving the business, recognised in winning local and national awards. Angela has this year joined the board of Business Kapiti Horowhenua who facilitate the Electra Business Awards and enjoyed sharing her business experiences with several networking groups. Also a member of the Retail Association and Kapiti Chamber of Commerce. 

John Austin

An International Talent Management Executive with a proven record of establishing, leading, growing, and selling profitable Human Capital SaaS businesses, In 2007, his Australia-based Talent assessment and consulting company, Talent Technologies, was acquired by US-based PreVisor, and John moved to Atlanta to become Director of international product management. A New Zealand native, John previously founded SHL NZ Ltd, in 1993, and continued to work in senior management roles for the SHL global organisation in the UK, Europe and the US until 2001.  In 2011, he founded Talegent - Providing International Organisations with intuitive, world-class talent measurement solutions incorporating dynamic 3D simulations and games for selection with 200+ clients including Deloitte, Accenture, Commonwealth Bank, Fisher & Paykel and Air New Zealand amongst others.  Talegent is present in 10+ countries internationally.

Coaches and Mentors

Dan Khan

Dan's entrepreneurial exploits are vast. After exiting a US$100M social network venture in the UK in 2000 as a lead software engineer, he has since co-founded six further ventures over the last 12 years. In 2010, Dan helped launch Startup Weekend NZ, and in 2012 designed and led Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s top startup accelerator. His many projects have included developing social networks, freight forwarding systems, web development and design services, mentoring marketplace, jewellery design, charity guidance, and a clothing company. He speaks nationally on early stage startup execution and lean startup methodologies; mentors early stage startups, and helped Auckland’s early-stage startup ecosystem with regular startup-focused events. Dan is passionate about connecting people through technology and innovation, with a goal to building a sustainable early-stage web/mobile startup ecosystem in New Zealand. He is currently the Director of ZeroPoint Ventures, a new type of accelerator supporting companies in New Zealand.

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.

Adam Shand
Independent Consultant

Adam has been working in a mixture of technology, management and business since the early 90s. He co-founded one of the early internet providers in New Zealand and spent years working for US startups during the dotcom bubble.  When the bubble crumbled he co-founded a volunteer based nonprofit which worked with local businesses to provide free wireless internet for their neighbourhoods. Returning home he worked as a system administrator and manager on “Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar”.  He has been working as an independent consultant in Kāpiti and Wellington since 2012.  His current passion is regenerative agriculture.

George Rybin

George is the Director of Webcorner, a full-service web design company. He enjoys providing client-based solutions across a range of IT requirements.With a passion for technology, he has experience in website design, development and online learning solutions as well as working behind the scenes in networking, problem solving and client support.

Jane Treadwell-Hoye

Jane is known for her passion for new ideas, people, technology and challenging the status quo.   She is in continual learning mode and encourages curiosity. 

Jane established epifani, a consultancy specialising in strategic approaches to client-centric engagement through organisational transformation, after 25 years working in professional services firms and large corporate environments. Working closely with her clients she strives to ensure that every client applies a customer lens to their strategies, enabling them to be truly customer-inspired in their approach to business. She partners with them to use customer insights, disruptive thinking and agile approaches to develop new ways of engaging customers.
 Prior to starting epifani, Jane headed up the Customer Experience Design team at Spark, a team tasked with creating and designing a more customer-inspired company culture delivering amazing experiences for customers as the company transitioned from old Telecom to new Spark. She previously lived and worked in London and Singapore for more than 8 years and mentored a number of small businesses, and start ups, during that time.  Before heading overseas, Jane founded and ran her own NZ business information and knowledge management consultancy, Knowwhere Consulting, growing it to 14 staff, with clients in NZ, Australia, Asia and the UK from a range of industry sectors including government, local authority, tertiary education, professional services - legal, accounting, architectural and engineering, and manufacturing.  

Jane has previously worked with, and mentored business owners, in Auckland, Dunedin and Melbourne.

Susan Handisides
Business Consultant

Susan has a wealth of experience working with businesses and corporates to improve their people, cashflow, results and processes and enhance their work life balance through working smarter not harder. She is a chartered accountant, soft skills trainer, and career practitioner with considerable knowledge and expertise to enable people and businesses to improve their practices, relationships and profitability. Susan rounds out a capable and experienced Business Buddy team.
Susan has held a range of roles - from self employed to large corporates, and been involved with not for profit organisations and the state sector.
A long time Kapiti Coast resident Susan lives with her husband Steve, 3 teenagers and 3 cats, so gets the challenge of juggling work life balance. When she’s not working you’ll find her at the gym, hanging out with family and friends or involved in local community events.

Catherine (Kate) Pearce
Senior Security Consultant

Kate is with one of the world’s largest technology companies, and helps companies make better technology and security decisions. In pursuit of this she performs security testing, assists designers and builders, and works with decision makers on strategy and tradeoffs.
Kate has worked with companies in many different industries, from nearly every continent, and has spoken at many events and conferences. Kate was based in the USA for several years, and moved back to NZ in 2015, and now bases herself in Wellington.
Kate’s passion is connecting different levels of problem solving together into a compelling solution – from transistors through to the boardroom. Kate recently got 200 hackers to sing in chorus at a conference in Australia, and still isn’t sure how.

Hannah Delaney
PR Consultant

As managing Director of DelaneyPR, Founder of Kapiti Collective and PR & Communications Manager for the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, Hannah Delaney is an engaged and active player in the Kapiti Coast business community.Hannah has both corporate and local experience in marketing, communication and public relations and is able to provide strategic PR planning as well as tactical activity to take ideas, products, and services to market, building brand awareness, increasing sales and stakeholder engagement.Hannah is an active member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, was a student of Public Relations at Massey University from 2008-2012, and holds a certificate in Change Management from the University of Sydney.

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 - 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.

Dave Craig
Community Manager

Skilled in marketing and design, management and IT, Dave loves to dive into brand creation and social media. He’s responsible for the BCC’s marketing strategies and is at the helm for Innovate and YES.  Dave is also one of the lead organisers for Startup Weekend Palmerston North.

Craig Ironside

Angela Hobden

I have been a chartered accountant for many years and have had my own accounting practices in the Far North. Work has also seen me employed by local government, manufacturing businesses and other types of small business. Through preparation, auditing and liquidations, I have an excellent knowledge of what makes a business tick. My passion is to promote and help develop successful business in New Zealand.

Jose Mathias

Jose Mathias entered the startup scene in New Zealand with a blog about entrepreneurs, where he spoke to hundreds of men and women who had created profitable businesses from the problems they saw around them. Later he joined a startup in their marketing team and participated in growing their online presence exponentially. He now works with businesses around New Zealand to achieve similar goals.

Brendon King
Serial Entrepreneur

Brendon has been the driving force behind Kapiti-based Creative Coast since its launch in 2008. He has been involved in both the promotion & development of digital creative services and content.
He was the executive producer of 2012 independent NZ feature length film 'Eternity'​, and now is focused on VR technology with his company Immersify.  He has been a featured speaker with Spark Ventures, and has spent time with Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey, and others in Silicon Valley. Passionate about business acceleration, and realising Kapiti's potential, Brendon has skills in startup, business, investment and marketing - as well as several years as a Saatchi and Saachi digital advertising creative.

Brad Milne

Brad is the CEO of Avali Payments & MD of Symbiant Systems. He is passionate, driven and loves to see people thrive to their potential, in whatever arena. With a science education, a history of direct sales, and broad IT experience from multinationals, small companies, and government agencies, he brings a collection of skills and outside perspectives to each situation.
Brad cofounded Symbiant Systems in 2009 which provides essential software for airports and air industry providers, including Flight Information Display Systems seen at many NZ airports.
Avali Payments is in a soft launch stage and works to simplify payments while at the same time making it cheaper and more secure.
Brad loves life on the Kapiti Coast where he's a dedicated member of his church, and proud husband and father to 4 kids.

Stephen McPhail

Stephen has extensive experience in the business and investment world, from managing an investment portfolio to co-founding, running and listing an Inner Mongolian gold exploration company. Stephen uses his knowledge to coordinate angel investors and advise start-ups on valuation and growth management. He been on the board of several technology companies.

Ben Fellows
Head of Dev Ops

Ben Fellows has been a serial entrepreneur for over 15 years and provided software and web consulting services across NZ, Australia, Europe and USA. He now leads the development of software products at Teem where they are innovating on top of Amazon Web Services $10bn+ Public Cloud platform. His personal goal and advice is to simplify wherever you can and focus on the one problem your business solves for people.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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

  • Ben
  • Sarah
  • Angela
  • Robin
  • George
  • Rebbeca
  • Ben
  • Craig
  • Amie
  • David


Dave Moskovitz

I organise and facilitate Startup Weekends because I believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives, and take the NZ and world economies to the next level.

My day job is helping clients with governance, innovation, strategy, mentoring, facilitation, and lexicography IT. My LinkedIn profile provides a good overview of my credentials and colleagues. I’m an active member of AngelHQ, Wellington’s Angel Investment Club, and am a director in a number of companies including The Appreciation Engine, and the Domain Name Commission Limited. I’m on the InternetNZ Council, and a strong supporter of Open Source software. I think that software patents are stupid. I’m also a Member of the Council (director) at Open Polytechnic.

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