Business blitz of Startup ideas

Cindy Gillbert, Liam Cottle, Dayna Chaffey, Mark Clinton and Aroha Knowles are team Go Hustle, pictured with one of the organisers Renee Raroa (standing). Their business idea is an odd job finder and seeker application, where people can list jobs and be matched up with those looking for work. It would also allow users to set savings goals that they could lock in until they reach a target and it would raise household income in the community, said group presenter Dayna Chaffey. “This is an app for people who are time-poor but need odd jobs done,” she said. Picture by Liam Clayton

From tourism enterprises to hemp products, a comprehensive range of businesses were conceived in an intensive 54-hour startup weekend, the first held in Gisborne.

Experience Hinerupe, which would market a unique cultural experience of staying on the East Coast marae, won first prize in Startup Weekend Tairawhiti.

Second place went to 1:4 Community, a cost:effective child-minding strategy for school holidays.

Third place went to Snugtech, which was looking to develop an eco-friendly hemp and wool insulation product.

Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact saw 60 participants get their business ideas off the ground by first pitching the ideas, then working in teams to research and develop the potential businesses over the course of the weekend.

At the end of the weekend, 10 teams had five minutes to pitch their ideas to the judges, who were able to ask questions at the end of each pitch.

The judges were Matanuku Mahuika, Kiri Allan, Jasper Holdsworth and Kate Frykberg, who each brought different business and community experience to the table.

One thing they had in common was a passion to see this community thrive.

Mrs Frykberg said Gisborne was an untapped jewel.

“The only thing that can unlock the best of the place is the people,” she said.

Chief organiser Cain Kerehoma said he had seen people blossom over the course of the weekend.

“It has been creative chaos, with lots of awesome mahi (work) done.”

General manager of Activate Tairawhiti Steve Breen said he was impressed with the quality of the business ideas pitched and said Activate would sponsor the event again.

“It was a stand-out success.

“The organisation was first class, as were the volunteers who brought it all together.”

All the lead-up events were part of the overall success, as were the high-calibre mentors and facilitators he said.

“It was a very inclusive weekend and everyone received that Tairawhiti welcome.”

Activate will work with all the teams and the winners are eligible for a $50,000 support package that includes a business mentoring programme.

One facilitator, Lenz Gschwendtner, said he had worked at more than 50 Startup weekends around the country and thought this event had been the best.

Mr Kerehoma said it was great to see people energised and engaged, and he felt the weekend had created a network of like-minded people who would continue to work together.

From tourism enterprises to hemp products, a comprehensive range of businesses were conceived in an intensive 54-hour startup weekend, the first held in Gisborne.

Experience Hinerupe, which would market a unique cultural experience of staying on the East Coast marae, won first prize in Startup Weekend Tairawhiti.

Second place went to 1:4 Community, a cost:effective child-minding strategy for school holidays.

Third place went to Snugtech, which was looking to develop an eco-friendly hemp and wool insulation product.

Startup Weekend Tairawhiti: Impact saw 60 participants get their business ideas off the ground by first pitching the ideas, then working in teams to research and develop the potential businesses over the course of the weekend.

At the end of the weekend, 10 teams had five minutes to pitch their ideas to the judges, who were able to ask questions at the end of each pitch.

The judges were Matanuku Mahuika, Kiri Allan, Jasper Holdsworth and Kate Frykberg, who each brought different business and community experience to the table.

One thing they had in common was a passion to see this community thrive.

Mrs Frykberg said Gisborne was an untapped jewel.

“The only thing that can unlock the best of the place is the people,” she said.

Chief organiser Cain Kerehoma said he had seen people blossom over the course of the weekend.

“It has been creative chaos, with lots of awesome mahi (work) done.”

General manager of Activate Tairawhiti Steve Breen said he was impressed with the quality of the business ideas pitched and said Activate would sponsor the event again.

“It was a stand-out success.

“The organisation was first class, as were the volunteers who brought it all together.”

All the lead-up events were part of the overall success, as were the high-calibre mentors and facilitators he said.

“It was a very inclusive weekend and everyone received that Tairawhiti welcome.”

Activate will work with all the teams and the winners are eligible for a $50,000 support package that includes a business mentoring programme.

One facilitator, Lenz Gschwendtner, said he had worked at more than 50 Startup weekends around the country and thought this event had been the best.

Mr Kerehoma said it was great to see people energised and engaged, and he felt the weekend had created a network of like-minded people who would continue to work together.

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