Startup weekend a first for Gisborne innovation

Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact.

Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact.

A weekend workshop focused on innovation and entrepreneurship is coming to Gisborne in the form of Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact.

It is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists, aspiring entrepreneurs and more, pitch ideas for new startup companies.

It has been put together by a group of like-minded individuals from various professional backgrounds such as banking, education and business.

It promises a weekend of networking, brainstorming and innovating, where ideas are pitched and teams formed to test them.

Startup Weekend takes place around the world and in our main cities, but it is now in the regions, says one of the organisers Cain Kerehoma.

60 seconds to pitch best idea

Beginning on Friday April 27, participants will have 60 seconds to pitch their best idea and inspire others to join their team.

The crowd will vote on their favourite pitches and teams will form around these ideas, which will become the startup ideas to be worked on over the weekend.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, validating ideas, practising startup methodologies and building a viable product.

Teams are supported throughout the weekend to develop their business models and pitches by experienced facilitators and mentors.

On the Sunday evening teams will demonstrate their prototypes to a panel of potential investors and judges who will provide feedback.

There will be a winning team at the end of the weekend.

The theme of the Startup Weekend is creating social, environmental and economic impact.

“This means that in addition to coming up with a strong business model, teams will also need to demonstrate how their businesses will create positive impact in Tairawhiti,” Mr Kerehoma said.

“It’s about empowering our community to have the skills, tools and experiences to create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Activate Tairawhiti is the platinum sponsor. Other sponsors are Air New Zealand, Gisborne Holdings Ltd, Akina Foundation, Eastland Community Trust and Campion College, providing the venue at their new innovative learning space.

  • There will be an information evening this Friday at Digital Accounting 3/152 Ormond Road and the Startup Weekend team will be there to answer questions and talk more about what is involved.
  • One-hour information sessions are on Wednesday March 21, 10am at Tolaga Inn, Tolaga Bay; 4pm at Hati Nati Cafe, Ruatoria and Thursday March 22, 10am at Te Puna Manaaki, Hicks Bay, and 1pm at Te Araroa (venue tbc).

A weekend workshop focused on innovation and entrepreneurship is coming to Gisborne in the form of Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact.

It is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists, aspiring entrepreneurs and more, pitch ideas for new startup companies.

It has been put together by a group of like-minded individuals from various professional backgrounds such as banking, education and business.

It promises a weekend of networking, brainstorming and innovating, where ideas are pitched and teams formed to test them.

Startup Weekend takes place around the world and in our main cities, but it is now in the regions, says one of the organisers Cain Kerehoma.

60 seconds to pitch best idea

Beginning on Friday April 27, participants will have 60 seconds to pitch their best idea and inspire others to join their team.

The crowd will vote on their favourite pitches and teams will form around these ideas, which will become the startup ideas to be worked on over the weekend.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, validating ideas, practising startup methodologies and building a viable product.

Teams are supported throughout the weekend to develop their business models and pitches by experienced facilitators and mentors.

On the Sunday evening teams will demonstrate their prototypes to a panel of potential investors and judges who will provide feedback.

There will be a winning team at the end of the weekend.

The theme of the Startup Weekend is creating social, environmental and economic impact.

“This means that in addition to coming up with a strong business model, teams will also need to demonstrate how their businesses will create positive impact in Tairawhiti,” Mr Kerehoma said.

“It’s about empowering our community to have the skills, tools and experiences to create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Activate Tairawhiti is the platinum sponsor. Other sponsors are Air New Zealand, Gisborne Holdings Ltd, Akina Foundation, Eastland Community Trust and Campion College, providing the venue at their new innovative learning space.

  • There will be an information evening this Friday at Digital Accounting 3/152 Ormond Road and the Startup Weekend team will be there to answer questions and talk more about what is involved.
  • One-hour information sessions are on Wednesday March 21, 10am at Tolaga Inn, Tolaga Bay; 4pm at Hati Nati Cafe, Ruatoria and Thursday March 22, 10am at Te Puna Manaaki, Hicks Bay, and 1pm at Te Araroa (venue tbc).

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