It’s business time at this speed dating night

'There's a growing startup community emerging in the district': SWT organiser Renay Charteris

'There's a growing startup community emerging in the district': SWT organiser Renay Charteris

A business speed dating night is being planned by Startup Weekend Tairawhiti (SWT) to build relationships and boost trade over the winter months.

Just like speed dating, participants only have a few minutes to work out if there is a mutual connection or benefit that they would like to explore further with the other person before moving on to the next, says SWT organiser Renay Charteris.

A growing startup community is emerging in the district and the business speed dating evening should help keep up momentum, Mrs Charteris says.

“We’ve heard from some business owners and the startup community that winter is a bit slow and dreary for trading, so we thought this would not only be something different and fun, but also beneficial for seeking new opportunities.”

It is a sure way to meet everyone in the room and if there is a ‘hit’, people can exchange business cards and arrange a follow-up meeting.

“We’re excited to see how it goes.”

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

The top three teams all attracted funding to continue building their business model.

These included a marae-based cultural tourism experience on the East Coast, the development of an eco-friendly hemp and wool insulation product, and an affordable child-minding service for school holidays.

  • The Startup Weekend Tairawhiti business speed dating night will be held on Friday, August 24, at 5.30pm to 8pm at The Works. Entry is by koha. See the Startup Weekend Tairawhiti Facebook page for more details.

A business speed dating night is being planned by Startup Weekend Tairawhiti (SWT) to build relationships and boost trade over the winter months.

Just like speed dating, participants only have a few minutes to work out if there is a mutual connection or benefit that they would like to explore further with the other person before moving on to the next, says SWT organiser Renay Charteris.

A growing startup community is emerging in the district and the business speed dating evening should help keep up momentum, Mrs Charteris says.

“We’ve heard from some business owners and the startup community that winter is a bit slow and dreary for trading, so we thought this would not only be something different and fun, but also beneficial for seeking new opportunities.”

It is a sure way to meet everyone in the room and if there is a ‘hit’, people can exchange business cards and arrange a follow-up meeting.

“We’re excited to see how it goes.”

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

The top three teams all attracted funding to continue building their business model.

These included a marae-based cultural tourism experience on the East Coast, the development of an eco-friendly hemp and wool insulation product, and an affordable child-minding service for school holidays.

  • The Startup Weekend Tairawhiti business speed dating night will be held on Friday, August 24, at 5.30pm to 8pm at The Works. Entry is by koha. See the Startup Weekend Tairawhiti Facebook page for more details.
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