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Creative HQ, Level 1, 7 Dixon Street, Wellington


We’re like Outward Bound for entrepreneurs

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2015 at Creative HQ in Wellington

Startup Weekend is where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun! We attract people with all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment.

Why attend a Startup Weekend?

  • Learn how to startup through doing it instead of just reading about it
  • Build your network by spending a weekend with Wellington’s doers and makers
  • Meet potential co-founders, there’s no better way to find people you want to work with  founders from three out of the six finalists at Webstock Startup Alley 2015 had been through Startup Weekend
  • Step outside of your comfort zone – Try your hand at something new
  • Actually launch a business – Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months
  • Get face time with local tech and startup leaders as coaches and judges
  • Join a global community of over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world

Notable startups that were born at Startup Weekends in NZ are: Banqer, Orientation Aotearoa, TranscribeMe, Twingl, and many more. But the real value you’ll get from the weekend are taking an idea through to execution in 54 hours using Lean tactics, and working closely under high pressure with the best startup people Wellington has to offer.

Want more reasons to come?

10 reasons for developers to come to Startup WeekendWhy designers and creatives love Startup WeekendPhoto gallery from our Startup Weekend in August 2013

What happens at Startup Weekend?

The event starts on Friday evening 10 April, with an icebreaker game and dinner, and then people pitch their businesses concepts to the crowd. 10-15 concepts will attract viable teams around them. By late Friday night, you will have sketched out your concept in some detail and everyone will have roles assigned and an inkling of how they’re going to achieve their goals over the weekend.

Saturday morning is all about validation – you’ll be contacting potential customers and finding out if there’s really a market need for what you’re building. If not, you’ll need to pivot based on the information you’ve picked up by “getting out of the building” and talking to people. Meanwhile, your developers and designers will be furiously building your products (or mock-ups), and your team will be attracting partners, advisers, and customers. You’ll need to start preparing your final 5-minute presentation on Sunday morning, because your team will need to pitch it by dinner time. After that, prizes will be awarded to the best teams.

Where you go from there is up to you. Exciting businesses have come out of Startup Weekends, but the real value is in the skills, new friends, and access to resources you require.

Whether you are just want to find out what the world of startups is like in a fun environment, you’re a developer or designer looking for the next big thing, or an entrepreneur l0oking for a team to turn your idea into reality, Startup Weekend is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and meet great people along the way.

The last few Startup Weekends in Wellington have sold out, so get in early.

If your ticket class has already gone, we encourage you to join the waiting list. There’s always a few cancellations, and those on the waiting list get first swing at tickets for the event following.



Startup Weekend Wellington August 2013

More photos from Startup Weekend Wellington August 2013 courtesy the wonderful Mark Tantrum




Apr 10
  • Doors open & registration starts
  • Welcome + intro
  • Dinner
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalise teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 11
  • Doors open, breakfast
  • 1 minute updates - then get out of the building and meet some customers!
  • 1 minute updates + lunch
  • Keep building, keep learning. Pivot your model?
  • 1 minute updates + lunch
  • First practice pitches
  • Venue closes


Apr 12
  • Doors open, breakfast & coffee
  • Last 1 minute update
  • Lunch
  • Clear the desks and get ready for pitching
  • Item
  • Pitches kick off
  • Dinner
  • Prize giving and wrap up
  • Chill with a drink and celebrate
  • Go home!
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