Startup Weekend Pasifika (Porirua, Wellington)

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

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Startup Weekend Pasifika (Porirua, Wellington)

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Whitireia Polytechnic
3 Wi Neera Drive
Porirua, Wellington 5022

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Launch your Pasifika (P.I. / Māori) startup in this weekend-long entrepreneurship journey

Pasifika in Porirua - a Startup Weekend like no other! 

If you have Pacific Island or Māori heritage or have a strong connection to the Māori or Pacific Island community, and want to try your hand at a startup, then this event is for you!

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54 hour events where designers, developers, ideas folk and doers get together to see if they have the ideas and the drive to work together, solve problems and start a business.

They are fast paced weekends that combine elements of lean startup, customer and idea validation, marketing hustle, team work and MVPs to culminate in Sunday night pitches to a panel of judges and a group of your peers.

See if you've got what it takes - sign up to startup!

What are the perks?

A Startup Weekend is an experience that you remember.

Meet likeminded people, build networks, learn about yourself and others, grow new skills and take the steps towards launching a business.

From Friday evening right through to Sunday evening, we feed you, water you, and hype you up. Our expert team of mentors works with you over the weekend, to help you tackle and overcome hurdles.

Find out if you have what it takes - sign up to startup up!

Is this you? 

Do you have technical or design skills, or are you the sort of person who likes to pitch in, solve problems and try new things? Do you have an idea that would solve a problem for you or others, or that might be the basis for a good business? Do you want to learn more about what it takes to launch a startup? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this could be the weekend for you. Startup Weekend Pacifika is where people like you get together and make magic happen - sign up to startup! 

Who are Startup Weekend Wellington? 

A team of Wellington based volunteers who have been running startup for more than five years, using the Techstars programme. Come along to a Startup Weekend and meet the crew! 

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Friday November 3rd

5:00 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.

10:30 pm
Fill in a lean canvas, list your assumptions, plan out how you'll validate them, and sketch out your minimum viable product (MVP)

11:55 pm
Go home
Get some rest in preparation for Saturday's busy schedule

Saturday November 4th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Get ready to validate your idea, build your product, and launch your business

9:30 am
Get out of the building, and find out what people really think about your product

12:00 pm

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

1:00 pm
Build and integrate
Build your product, and pull all the pieces together to create your business

6:30 pm

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

9:00 pm
Pitch coaching
Start practicing your pitch for the final presentation on Sunday afternoon

11:55 pm
Finished for the day. Get ready for the last big push on Sunday!

Sunday November 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Pitch coaching
Continue practicing your pitch with coaches

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

4:30 pm
Down tools
Finish up, and tidy up the venue ready for the final presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Pasifika (Porirua, 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Eteuati
  • Dave
  • David
  • Emily
  • Lingy
  • Max
  • Rhueben
  • Samantha
  • Sarah
  • Shalen
  • Sulu
  • Zaharah


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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