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Jul 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Half-Baked Game
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Go home and try to get some sleep


Jul 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Guerilla Market Validation
  • Working on your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Go home and try to get some sleep


Jul 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner break
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Dave Moskovitz
Nick Churchouse
Katherine Field
Paul Spence

Michael Koziarski

Partner at Southgate Labs   |   LinkedIn

Marie-Claire Andrews

CEO at SmartShow   |   LinkedIn

Steve O'Connor

CEO at CreativeHQ   |   LinkedIn

Elyssa Pallai

Founder at Pocket.Jobs   |   LinkedIn

Joseph Stuart

Advisor at Ministry of Science and Innovation   |   LinkedIn

Mike DelPrete

Strategy Manager, TradeMe   |   LinkedIn


Alan Froggatt

Principal Genratec   |   LinkedIn

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 businesses, including generating over a $1.2M profit for investors within the first year of business.

Stefan Korn

Principal, Webfund   |   LinkedIn

Stefan is keenly involved in Startup Weekend New Zealand, bringing a Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence to the table, not to forget extensive experience in building transactional web-based businesses. Stefan founded Wellington tech investment fund WebFund to help leverage his own experience to help take web-based Kiwi startups to the world. He is one of the founding team behind, and teaches at a local community college. He also admits to producing his own music and videos.

Amanda Santos

Startup advisor and investor   |   LinkedIn

She describes herself as a “turnaround” chief executive for companies that demands significant business/revenue growth. Amanda is a passionate, energetic facilitator of change and accelerator of sales with extensive sales and marketing experience. She backs several Wellington startups as an advisor and is a key player in the early stage business community, bringing her experience consulting to a number of private, SME and start-ups.

Joshua Vial

Founder, Enspiral   |   LinkedIn

One of Wellington’s well-known startup entrepreneurs Josh has a passion for business, technology and social change. He is co-founder of BuckyBox, a recent startup getting international press already and was one of the founders of Enspiral, a local co-working startup consultancy. His background is in web programming (rails, php) but claims social change is his real passion, spending a lot of his time trying to change the world for the better.

John Moore

Head Honcho, *experience   |   LinkedIn

John is the co-founder of *experience, Wellington’s leading digital design outfit. His focus is on leading the creative development of digital solutions, and he runs the coffee machine there too. He has extensive experience in brand, conceptual frameworks, user experience design and strategy.

Vanessa O'Neill

CEO, Accelerate Business   |   LinkedIn

Vanessa is a business mentor from the Canterbury plains, and was integral in running Christchurch Startup Weekend. She is a former ventures partner at Christchurch’s business incubator PowerHouse and still works one on one with emerging businesses in her company Accelerate Business. She knows everything from business models to branding to market research.

David ten Have

CEO and Founder, Ponoko   |   LinkedIn

Dave is the founder of Ponoko and is also a legendary trail blazer in the Wellington startup community. He’s an advisor to 77 Pieces. He also sits on the board for the MBA Programme at Victoria University talks the real deal whenever asked. Dave is brutally honest about what it takes to build a start-up and take it global, and he is still living it too.

Bowen Pan

Global Starter Upper   |   LinkedIn

Both a Start-up founder and advisor, Bowen describes himself as a "tech startup guy", which is easier than listing his startup accolades. Last year he co-founded, before jetting off to chime in with China startup MyLuxBox, all ahead of his upcoming year stint in the MBA class at Stanford. Previously he helped Trade Me to launch Treat Me, which is a grownup startup. Bowen is well qualified to attend Wellington Startup Weekend and he flew in specially so we just couldn?t say no

Rory Ford

Organiser, Lean Startup Circle – Canberra   |   LinkedIn

Over a career of product development, management and marketing, Rory has worked from concept to commercialization, managing people, processes and investment. As the organiser of the Lean Startup gig in Canberra, Australia he is a devout lean startup disciple, and previously managed customer acquisition at Sydney business incubator Pollenizer. He is building momentum with his own startup around a solution for boomerangs that don’t come back.

Sam Birmingham

Organiser Startup Weekend Perth, and Product Manager – iiNet   |   LinkedIn

Sam is from the most remote city in the world and is still an edgy startup practitioner. Founder of and Just1LinkDotCom and a trained business analyst he is forging the Startup Weekend movement in Western Australia, specialising in apps for miners. He likes Fat Freddys Drop so has a lifetime Wellington passport.

Rochelle Furneaux

Enspiral Law   |   LinkedIn

The Lawyer. Brilliance in many areas including commercial IP and IT law, start-up structure, business relationship documents, trademarks, copyright and general business law. Rochelle is the principal at Enspiral Law, the pinstriped side of startup consulting community Enspiral.

Rowan Yeoman


Rowan is interested in technology and innovation that is going to impact the world positively. He has a passion for working with and creating high performing teams of inspired and committed individuals. His background includes experience with practice methodologies that allow groups of individuals to consistently deliver great results on things that matter.

Mike Zeff


Mike loves software, what it can do and how it can contribute to national economies (particularly New Zealand). He is constantly amazed by the creativity of software developers (including all disciplines covered by that very broad term) as they solve problems, create new experiences or just help get stuff done. He wrote this profile in the first person and we changed it.

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