Startup Weekend Wellington
Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017
Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017
Event starts at 5:15 pm
115 Tory Sreet
Startup Weekend 2017 is here! Bring your ideas along to Startup Weekend Wellington!
Tap into Wellington’s startup community for a high-energy weekend you won’t forget.
Registrations open now. Sign up to startup
What is a Startup Weekend?
Who should come to a Startup Weekend?
There are three ticket types for this Startup Weekend:
- "Developer" tickets for the people who can do clever things with code and technology.
- "Designer" tickets for those who can make things and experiences beautiful.
- "Non-technical" tickets for those who can bring a business alive through business models, marketing, or other entrepreneurial voodoo.
Why do a Startup Weekend?
- Learn how to startup a business through doing it instead of just reading about it.
- Build your network by spending a weekend with Wellington’s doers and makers.
- Meet potential co-founders, there’s no better way to find people you want to work with – Founders from three out of the six finalists at Webstock Startup Alley 2015 had been through a Startup Weekend.
- Step outside of your comfort zone – Try your hand at something new.
- Actually launch a business – Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.
- Work on an idea that could actually help people.
- Get face time with local tech and startup leaders who come along as coaches and judges.
- Join a global community of over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
How do Startup Weekends work?
No, but really how do they work?
Team forming will be an amazing whirling of people out of which around 10-15 teams emerge. Teams will find a place to set-up base and will spend the rest of Friday night forming a plan of attack. Some teams will get started straight-away, others will go home and be ready to start the next day.
Saturday will be about validation and building your product and business. Validation means getting out and talking to customers. You will find out if your idea is something people want, and if it's not what they want, how can you pivot your idea and solution to find a market. You'll keep on validating all weekend - who are your customers? How much will they pay? Do they like what you're building? Are they willing to buy? You will be using these insights to build your product and your business model, which will be key ingredients for your pitch.
The pitch is what Sunday will be about. On Sunday by dinner time someone (or a few someones) from your team will be doing a 5 minute presentation which tells the judges about your business - what you've built, who you intend to sell to, and what you plan to do next. The best teams win prizes, and everyone will eat, drink and be merry and go home buzzing from the experience.
What happens after Startup Weekend?
So who is it for again?
Hmm...maybe, I'm not sure.... Read some of our blog posts, ask a question, or come to one of our free warm-up events beforehand.
The last few Startup Weekends in Wellington have sold out, so make sure you get in early! There may be door sales at the event itself but this will be considered on a case by case basis.
Friday May 26th
Saturday May 27th
Sunday May 28th
Goat Ventures is small group of award winning NZ investors and exited entrepreneurs that shifted in 2017 to invest in the future of big business by creating it. The latest is a $2M co-investment with MinterEllisonRuddWatts (NZ Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards), to jointly form and oversee a new Legal Artificial Intelligence business, where the team includes 6 AI PhDs ex Microsoft, Spark, Xero, PwC, IBM, etc.
Shaveer also serves on the board of Rush Digital, a team of 50 hi-tech creators executing technology stretches across Oceania and The Americas, for organisations including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Disney, and ExxonMobil. Previously at Wooga in Germany, a startup turned 300 employees, which raised $24M from major VCs. Engagements include various mentor/advisory roles at the Lightning Lab Accelerator, Vodafone Xone Incubator, addressing Chancellor Angela Merkel on her startup tour of Berlin, and many more.
Coaches and Mentors
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 Engine, Domain Name Commission Limited, Publons, 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.
James has a broad background as a management consultant spanning strategy, marketing, process improvement, product development and finance.
Saud’s research has focused on investigating entrepreneurial teams within high-tech business incubators.
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.
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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Wellington 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Wellington is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
His day job is growing social enterprise at Ākina Foundation, and his passion is where business meets technology meets social impact.
David is a commercial guy who loves building businesses, teams, products and people.