Startup Weekend Pasifika (Porirua, Wellington)

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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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

If you don't, but you are open to learning new skills and getting of your comfort zone, then get in quick for our limited non Pasifika tickets. 

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. But it doesn't matter what your specialty is - if you are willing to try new things and give it your all there are opportunities for every skill set. 

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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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 3rd


5:00 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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
Plan
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
Breakfast
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
Validate
Get out of the building, and find out what people really think about your product


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
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
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. Get ready for the last big push on Sunday!

Sunday November 5th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner
Food!


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Eteuati Ete

Ete is an actor and comedian best known as one half of the Samoan duo Laughing Samoans. He was one of the first Pacific Islanders to attend the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and one of the founding members of New Zealand’s first Pacific Island theatre group Taotahi.


Dave Moskovitz
Director

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.


Event Judges


Mike Tana

Mike Tana is the Mayor of Porirua City. He was elected in 2016 for a term of three years. Say kia ora when you spot him. He is always available for a quick korero but make sure you book in 3 weeks in advanced.


Rebecca Tayler

Rebecca is a public servant by day, and a startup enthusiast at any other time (not to mention a Startup Weekend junkie!). She is the proud owner of quite-a-bit of fabric, and one day dreams of owning her own pillow emporium.  So far, the only progress she has made is making pillows for all her friends.


Sulu Fiti

Sulu has a range of experience in the startup world, co-founding his own startup in the Kiwibank Fintech accelerator Liberac, to now working at Mahuki's accelerator programme as the outreach manager.


Mele Wendt

Mele is a Board Director and Consultant at Mele Wendt Consulting & Scholarship Services Aotearoa. She has considerable governance experience on a range of governance bodies, and is a proven and respected leader in the education and not-for-profit sectors. Of Samoan-pakeha heritage, she has a range of skills, knowledge and experiences that add value to any board.


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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Eteuati
    Ete
  • Dave
    Moskovitz
  • David
    Wilson
  • Emily
    Grinter
  • Jenny
    Taotua
  • Lingy
    Au
  • Mais
    Lufti
  • Max
    Bessone
  • Natalia
    Fareti
  • Paul
    Retimanu
  • Samantha
    Ryan
  • Sarah
    Day
  • Sulu
    Fiti
  • Zaharah
    Idris

Facilitators


Dave Moskovitz
Director

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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