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We’re like Outward Bound for entrepreneurs

Doors open 5.30pm for 6.30pm start, Friday 21 February.

 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.

The event starts on Friday evening 21 Feburary, 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.


Register for Startup Weekend Wellington 21-24 February 2014 on Eventbrite >>


Startup Weekend Wellington August 2013

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


Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Rowan Yeoman

Rowan is an entrepreneur, startup adviser, investor and Startup Weekend global facilitator. He is passionate about the potential that entrepreneurship has to create transformation in people's lives and in the world. Having facilitated Startup Weekends both in New Zealand and internationally, he has seen firsthand the inspiration and capability that Startup Weekend can release in people. Inspiration and capability that these entrepreneurs can bend towards doing great things in the world. Rowan works to help develop both entrepreneurs and the start-up ecosystem as a whole.

Helen Baxter

Helen Baxter is Managing Director of Mohawk Media, sits on the advisory boards of Creative Commons Aotearoa, DigitalNZ, and judges the Yahoo!NZ Digital Strategy Awards. She is a creative columnist in the MsBehaviour Files at the Big Idea, and
is currently writing 'Dance at Work: the creative business toolkit.' Helen is a regular mentor at Wellington Startup Weekend.

Blair Scott

Blair has been helping companies to make better use of technology for over 15 years. Working in-house and as a consultant, he has made clever happen for startups through to ASX and NZX institutions

Silver Sponsors

Alan Froggatt (lead)

Alan founded Genratec, an Integral Leadership Development and Generative Coaching company. Genratec has developed its own proprietary methodology, a platform chosen by over 2600 individuals, leaders, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business owners & others in over 7 countries to develop their capacity for professional performance. He has founded/co-founded several other business, one of which generating over a $1.2M profit for investors within the first year of business.

Anna Brown

Anna Brown is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University Design School as well as Director of Open Lab, a professional design studio based within Massey University's College of Creative Arts. Anna's expertise lie within Design and Business, Design and Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, Graphic Design and Typography.

Dan Khan

Dan has a background as a serial web technology entrepreneur. After exiting a $US100m social network venture in the UK as a lead software engineer in 2000, he’s since co-founded six further ventures and is now the Programme Director at the Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s only Accelerator programme. Dan has a wealth of experience in building and scaling high-growth web technology ventures. His core skills are ideation and commercialisation of online and mobile products, and early-stage startup execution using lean and customer-driven methodologies.

Sam Kidd

Co-founder of TeamWorkPM.

Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Molecular Biotechnology and minoring in Management at the University of Otago. She is continuing her study and currently completing her Masters in Entreprenurship. Emily is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in several successful startup businesses, such as Stampede and Femstoria. In March 2013 Emily participated in the Dunedin Startup Weekend which launched her most recent startup Formed, which combines two of her passions, Microbiology and Jewellery, to form living pendants.

Lenz Gschwendtner

Co-founder of iwantmyname. A Perl and PHP hacker from way back, Lenz emerged from the European domain registrar industry intent on starting his own registrar business, whilst enjoying the Kiwi lifestyle. He is also involved in the open source scene and hangs out at most of the cool tech meetups around town.

Sam Bonney

Sam's been involved in a number of start-ups in the past and is currently programme manager at venture accelerator Lightning Lab.

Leonie Gordon

Leonie has a long history of business consulting to service sector corporates and deep insights into where innovative new companies fit into traditional business ecosystem.

Anne O'Driscoll

Legal specialist from our friends at Duncan Cotterill.

Silvia Zuur

Mentor, organiser and entrepreneur. Silvia is a lifelong learner/educator and an renowned organiser of
educational events. She has taught in West Africa and USA in addition to
designing & organising conference/workshops in Europe and USA on
innovative education methods. Now back in Wellington she works full time as the CEO,
Co-Founder of chalkle°.

Aurynn Shaw

Aurynn Shaw has 10 years experience as a Senior Developer working with businesses such as Command Prompt Inc, Weta Digital and currently Catalyst IT. Aurynn summarises her experience and skills with Python server development, using threaded Python and Twisted for single-process systems for reducing IO issues. She is an opinionated database developer, constantly recommending Postgres and proper normal form. She has worked with Cassandra and understands the case for NoSQL and sharded systems. Aurynn has worked extensively with Twisted Python and Tornado, and has a strong understanding of IO-loop-centric design patterns.

Geoff Nixon

Expert in financial and business modelling with 27 years in the US in finance and investing industry, and for the last six years running his own web-based business.

Dave Allison

Business strategist and Creative HQ and manager of Wellington's angel investor network Angel HQ.

Chris Toynbee

Chris Toynbee is an experienced web developer with over 10 years experience in Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Project Management, Content Management Systems, Testing processes. His primary focus is Ruby on Rails develelopment but prior to this work in conjunction with Enspiral, Chris has had a variety of experience with clients such as Vodafone, Volkswagen and Cable & Wireless. Chris excels in Agile project management, source control, web application testing, content management systems and analysis of web based business requirements.

Paul Spence

Co-founder & COO at global domain name registrar iwantmyname. Curator NZ Startup Digest. Veteran of 9 Startup Weekends.

David Clearwater
Dave Moskovitz
Kath Field
Paul Spence
Jill McCarthy
Nick Churchouse
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