Startup Weekend Wellington 2018

    Friday, July 20 - 22, 2018

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Startup Weekend Wellington 2018

Friday, July 20 - 22, 2018

Friday, July 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Victoria University of Wellington
Pipitea Campus
23 Lambton Quay Pipitea
Wellington, New Zealand 6011

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SWWLG - Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) 2018

Launch your HADR startup in this weekend-long entrepreneurship journey...

A Startup Weekend with a twist! 

Are you driven, wanting to try your hand in the entrepreneurship world, have a burning desire to help out with the Humanitarian Assistance or Disaster Relief sector and want to try your hand at a startup?? Then this event is for you! 

What is a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, ideas folk and do-ers 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 speciality is - if you are willing to try new things and give it your all, there are opportunities for every skill set. 

Startup Weekends is a fast-paced experience that combines elements of lean startup, customer and idea validation, marketing hustle, teamwork and potentially creations of Minimum Viable Products that culminate in Sunday night pitches to a panel of judges and all of your peers that participate on the weekend itself. 

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

What are the perks?
A Startup Weekend is an experience that you will remember. Meet like-minded people, build networks, learn about yourself and others, grow new skills and take the steps towards launching a business. There are even prizes to the winning teams with the best pitch and business idea!

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 for 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 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 are passionate about problem-solving, community development and having fun. Come along to a Startup Weekend and meet the crew! 

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Friday July 20th

5:30 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in/ meet other participants.

6:00 pm
Welcome & Intros
Introduction to speakers, mentors, and community leaders & review agenda for the weekend.

7:15 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form teams/ Begin working
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

11:30 pm
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work until 11.30pm. The venue will be closed midnight sharp!

Saturday July 21st

9:00 am
Venue opens
Venue will open, arrive, breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm
Lunch served with 1 minute pitch update from each team.

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

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 11.30pm. The venue will be closed midnight sharp!

Sunday July 22nd

9:00 am
Venue opens
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

1:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Pitch Begins

7:30 pm

8:15 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Home Time

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Wellington 2018 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

  • Samantha
  • Lingy
  • Mais
  • Max
  • Anita
  • Travis


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