Workshop chance to pitch startup ideas

Brainstorming weekend initiative returns.

Brainstorming weekend initiative returns.

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Organisers are excited about bringing Startup Weekend back to the region.

The weekend workshop focusses on innovation and entrepreneurship and will be held on April 26-28 at Campion College.

The 54-hour weekend event provides an opportunity for a broad range of people, from developers, business managers, teachers, startup enthusiasts, health workers, small business owners, marketing gurus, graphic artists and aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch ideas for new startup companies.

It has been put together by a volunteer group of like-minded individuals from different professional backgrounds such as education, small business, finance and public policy.

Startup Weekend is an international event and takes place around the world and in New Zealand’s main cities, but it was now starting to happen in the regions, said one of the organisers, Cain Kerehoma.

A success story from last year’s Startup Weekend Tairawhiti event is Gisborne-based Awhi Tree, a parent-run school holiday programme supported by local schools and sponsored by employers, aimed at reducing the cost of holiday childcare.

Awhi Tree has gone from prototyping their idea to attracting $10,000 seed investment, and running trial holiday programmes over term three and the summer holiday period.

On Friday, April 26, the workshop will being with participants taking 60 seconds to pitch their best idea (if they want to) and inspire others to join their team.

Next, participants will vote on their favourite pitches and teams will form around these ideas which will become the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.

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

Activate Tairawhiti is the main sponsor for the event.

Other sponsors are Launch Co-Working, Air New Zealand, Spitfire, PledgeMe and Campion College.

An information evening is being held tomorrow at Launch Coworking Space, 41 The Esplanade, above The Works Bar and Restaurant.

Information sessions are also being held on Thursday March 28, from 10am to 11am at Tolaga Bay Inn; 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Hatea-a-Rangi School, Tokomaru Bay; 6pm to 7pm at Hati Nati Café, Ruatoria and Friday March 29 from 10am to 11am at Te Puna Manaaki, Hicks Bay and 12noon to 1pm at Te Araroa Progressive, Te Araroa.

For more information email swtairawhiti@gmail.com or call Cain on 022 021 5606.

Organisers are excited about bringing Startup Weekend back to the region.

The weekend workshop focusses on innovation and entrepreneurship and will be held on April 26-28 at Campion College.

The 54-hour weekend event provides an opportunity for a broad range of people, from developers, business managers, teachers, startup enthusiasts, health workers, small business owners, marketing gurus, graphic artists and aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch ideas for new startup companies.

It has been put together by a volunteer group of like-minded individuals from different professional backgrounds such as education, small business, finance and public policy.

Startup Weekend is an international event and takes place around the world and in New Zealand’s main cities, but it was now starting to happen in the regions, said one of the organisers, Cain Kerehoma.

A success story from last year’s Startup Weekend Tairawhiti event is Gisborne-based Awhi Tree, a parent-run school holiday programme supported by local schools and sponsored by employers, aimed at reducing the cost of holiday childcare.

Awhi Tree has gone from prototyping their idea to attracting $10,000 seed investment, and running trial holiday programmes over term three and the summer holiday period.

On Friday, April 26, the workshop will being with participants taking 60 seconds to pitch their best idea (if they want to) and inspire others to join their team.

Next, participants will vote on their favourite pitches and teams will form around these ideas which will become the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.

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

Activate Tairawhiti is the main sponsor for the event.

Other sponsors are Launch Co-Working, Air New Zealand, Spitfire, PledgeMe and Campion College.

An information evening is being held tomorrow at Launch Coworking Space, 41 The Esplanade, above The Works Bar and Restaurant.

Information sessions are also being held on Thursday March 28, from 10am to 11am at Tolaga Bay Inn; 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Hatea-a-Rangi School, Tokomaru Bay; 6pm to 7pm at Hati Nati Café, Ruatoria and Friday March 29 from 10am to 11am at Te Puna Manaaki, Hicks Bay and 12noon to 1pm at Te Araroa Progressive, Te Araroa.

For more information email swtairawhiti@gmail.com or call Cain on 022 021 5606.

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Idea Minr - 3 months ago
Startup Weekends are always exciting, although only a small fraction of startup founders continue to develop their startups after the initial weekend enthusiasm.

Maraea Hoerara, Newlands - 3 months ago
A small fraction is great, it's a start . . .

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