Techstars Startup Weekend Queenstown Lakes

    Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Queenstown Lakes

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Queenstown Memorial Centre
1 Memorial Street
Queenstown, New Zealand 9300

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Learn the skills necessary to launch a new business idea faster and smarter

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?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. We're hosting 60 passionate people in Queenstown, New Zealand and want to see you!

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.

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.

Techstars 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
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
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


Need Accommodation?

Jucy Snooze is sponsoring Startup Weekend Queenstown Lakes by offering discounted rates for participants. 
  • $40 per night for Jucy Snooze Pod
  • $125 per night for Jucy Snooze Private Room w/Double Bed 
To secure your spot, head along to the JUCY Website and enter the promo code 999901 to receive the above rates.

If you have questions, please email us.


Why Attend?

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.

  • 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 Dunedin. 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!).
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! 
The price of your ticket almost covers the cost of your food and drinks; if you work out how much six meals + 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, it's probably the best $99 you'll ever spend. 
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. 

We still have sponsorship packages available for Startup Weekend. Bronze ($500), Silver ($2000) and Gold ($3000).
Please contact for full details.

Techstars terms
Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. By Participating at the event, you grant Techstars Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world. By submitting your information above you agree to the Techstars website's Privacy Policy, and you consent to receive email communication from Techstars and its programs about events and updates that may interest you.

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Friday October 18th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Anyone who wants to pitch a problem or an idea for a solution can do so. You'll have 1 minute!

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Team locate a work area and get to validating.

11:00 pm
Venue Closes
Go get a good nights sleep. Tomorrow is a big day to understand the problem better and begin to validate a solution.

Saturday October 19th

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 October 20th

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!

Organizing Team

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

  • Josie
  • James
  • Peter


Nick Churchouse
Head of Customer Engagement at Creative HQ

Nick is a national facilitator for Startup Weekend NZ and has been since early days of Startup Weekend in NZ. With the most events per head of capita of anywhere in the world, New Zealand has a deep and connected Startup Weekend community.

Nick leads a team at Creative HQ which is intrinsically engaged with numerous events championing the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem, and is most interested in bringing the power of startup methodology into other parts of the community - sciences, indigenous business, youth to name a few. 

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