Startup Weekend Wellington // July 2019

    Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Wellington // July 2019

Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Victoria University of Wellington – Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay
Wellington, New Zealand 6011

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Create a startup in 54 hours.

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?

Startup Weekend gives you the opportunity to find a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business concept, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. All in one weekend!

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on your favourite 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.

Important: 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 all issues eg. social, educational, financial, environmental. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP (minimum viable product) that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, recapitulate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! 

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 meals over the course of the weekend (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who are, like you, eager to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  • Branded drink bottle

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Friday July 12th

5:00 pm
Check-in opens
Arrive, check in, meet other participants.

6:00 pm
Introduction to Startup Weekend, "half-baked" pitch icebreaker.

7:00 pm
Dinner is served
Eat, share ideas, practice pitches. The agenda and coaches will be introduced.

7:45 pm
Pitches begin
Deliver your pitch (optional). Attendees vote on top pitches.

8:30 pm
Form teams
Start forming teams (of ~four) and discussing ideas.

11:55 pm
Building closes
If you're still working, time to pack up and get some rest until tomorrow.

Saturday July 13th

9:00 am
Doors open, breakfast is served

9:30 am
Start working
Set up your team workspace, sign up for coaches, and start bringing your idea to life! (Continues for rest of day.)

12:00 pm
Lunch is served

12:30 pm
Status reports and calls for help.

6:30 pm
Dinner is served

7:00 pm
Status reports and calls for help.

9:00 pm
Pitch practice

11:55 pm
Building closes
If you're still working, time to pack up and get some rest until tomorrow.

Sunday July 14th

9:00 am
Doors open, breakfast is served

9:30 am
Start working
Crunch time is approaching...

12:00 pm
Lunch is served

1:00 pm
Pitch practice
Final touches, tech-checks.

5:00 pm
Final pitch presentations
12 minutes each.

6:30 pm

6:45 pm
Final pitch presentations
12 minutes each.

7:45 pm
Dinner is served

8:30 pm
Winners announced

9:00 pm
You did it!

Coaches and Mentors

Dan Khan

Dan's entrepreneurial exploits are vast. After exiting a US$100M social network venture in the UK in 2000 as a lead software engineer, he has since co-founded six further ventures over the last 12 years. In 2010, Dan helped launch Startup Weekend NZ, and in 2012 designed and led Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s top startup accelerator. His many projects have included developing social networks, freight forwarding systems, web development and design services, mentoring marketplace, jewellery design, charity guidance, and a clothing company. He speaks nationally on early stage startup execution and lean startup methodologies; mentors early stage startups, and helped Auckland’s early-stage startup ecosystem with regular startup-focused events. Dan is passionate about connecting people through technology and innovation, with a goal to building a sustainable early-stage web/mobile startup ecosystem in New Zealand. He is currently the Director of ZeroPoint Ventures, a new type of accelerator supporting companies in New Zealand.

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.

David Clearwater
Regional Director at the Ākina Foundation

David has been participating, running and facilitating Startup Weekends since 2011.

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.

Jen Young
Intentional Generations Founder

Kia ora, I'm Jen. I'm a recovering-admitted-lawyer-turned-Mindfulness-Educator, NeuroLeadership Institute trained Coach, Facilitator, Accredited Mental Health First Aider, Youth Leadership Development Advisor and Writer. People work with me to make change and impact without burning out and elevate them to their definitions of deeply fulfilling and deeply impactful lives.

Louise Holloway

I am currently working as an in-house Graphic Designer at Inland Revenue, focusing a lot on layout design with reports and data visualisation with infographics. I am also the City Host for Wellington's branch of The Design Kids, organising events for students or recent graduates in the design field.

Emilie Fetscher
Entrepreneur | Strategist | Designer


Lisa Maathuis
Marketing Director

Results oriented marketer with successful results in brand, digital and marketing strategy and initiatives at global andlocal level for B2B and B2C segments. 

Keith Shering
Business Solutions Consultant

I'm an adaptable, entrepreneurial consultant with 23 years of experience of supporting business leaders and teams to improve their organisations through clearer purpose, creative solutions and smoother processes.

Hamish Mitchell
Customer Manager, Digital

Passionate about shaping focused NZ startup businesses and pioneering revenue driving initiatives. 

Marc McHardy
Digital product designer.

I'm co-founder and all-round designer at Banqer. My strengths lie in UI and UX design, and I enjoy delving into branding, marketing design, as well as copy editing. I'm an enthusiastic front-end programmer and taking an idea from design to code to live is a great feeling.

My background is in interactive design, problem solving and ideation, helping businesses understand their audiences and how to communicate with them effectively. I've designed websites, touchscreen experiences and other digital products across the spectrum, from the tech industry, government, culture and heritage, food and wine, to education. 

Michael Watson
Managing Director

Finalist for 'Young Business Person of the Year 2018' at the Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards. Michael is the Co-founder and Managing Director of social enterprise, StudySpy, as well as the design and digital agency, Obvious.

Elizabeth Pittman
Team Leader

Experienced Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the secondary education industry. Skilled in Research, Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Classroom Management, and Teaching. Strong education professional with a Master's degree focused in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Completed a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching research grant in Wellington, New Zealand in 2016. Currently working as a Team Leader in New Zealand, managing and developing staff in the Privacy and Official Information sector. 

Kelly Keating
Web Developer

Skilled in React, Redux, Jest, Unit Testing, Mentoring, Java and JavaScript. Graduate of Enspiral Dev Academy.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Wellington // July 2019 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

  • Ryan
  • Lingy
  • Travis
  • Brandon
  • Michaela
  • Georgia
  • Max
  • Lilia


Travis Cornwall

Consultant at EY

Event Staff

Rebbeca 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.

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