And The Winner Is…

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After much deliberation the judges have made their decision – the winner of Wellington Startup Weekend February 2013 is… WagonShare.

Startup Weekend is a global initiative that combines networking with entrepreneurship education and turns it into a game held over the short space of a weekend. In Wellington over the weekend around 90 budding entrepreneurs set out on a 54 hour journey that, for some of them, will change their lives forever. Thirty initial idea pitches were whittled down to a dozen or so teams and then the hard work began as team members designed, strategised, validated and built software code, to bring their projects to life.

Wellington based Startup Weekend global facilitator and angel investor Dave Moskovitz said, “for many participants, Startup Weekend will be their first experience of entrepreneurship. For most it will be an intensely challenging and stimulating experience and those who survive first contact will very likely go on to start other ventures in the future – that can only be good for our economy”. He said there were already plans underway for another Wellington event this year, incorporating a social entrepreneurship theme.

Mr Moskovitz stressed that Startup Weekend would not be possible without generous sponsorship from local and global companies plus many hours of time contributed by volunteer organisers and mentors. In particular he pointed to Xero stepping up recently as a national sponsor and strong support from TradeMe, Microsoft and Google. Wellington Startup Weekend was held in the newly opened building at the College of Ctreative Arts on Massey University’s Capital campus.

The event judges reported that the calibre of final presentations exceeded expectations. Here’s a complete summary of Wellington Startup Weekend 2013 teams including web links, where available.

SmartMatch

Connects research, science and technology establishments with customers needing problems solved.

CommonPlace

A relevancy engine for your digital life that aggregates data from across all your apps.

WagonShare

P2P community for renting and letting motorhomes.

MySmartGrid

Helps you save on your power bill by modifying your consumption behaviours.

Plan The Move

Provides tailored services to assist people moving house.

STVA

Markeplace for digital art works. “The iTunes of the art world”.

3D Makers World

Helps designers and 3D printer owners connect.

FreshShare

Growing friends and reducing waste. Helps you share your vege garden surplus with others.

Arrangr

Online social site offering a fresh approach to arranged marriages in the Indian community.

BetterGiven

Disrupting the current system for donating to charities.

MeemoApp

Allows kids to convey emotional status and parents to better manage challenging behaviours.