Summer Park rounds up the best of the month on the start-up scene.
The first-ever Lean Start-up methodology conference in New Zealand. Curated by Creative HQ – Wellington-based founder incubator – and powered by Callaghan Innovation, Deloitte, Revera and others, this 3-day event attracted over 300 private and public sector delegates from around the world. LEAN 15 successfully united everyone through powerful and practical programmes with world renowned speakers, collaborative workshops, and interactive discussions.
Where is the “love” (you know, the capital)?
Having been immersed in the start-up space for a couple of months, two main themes became apparent: a general lack of capital for early stage tech start-ups, and the investors’ hunt for quality deal flow. Important note: we are improving to close this gap at an enormous rate. Recently New Zealand’s innovation sector has attracted love calls from various international early stage investors ranging from Australasia, China, North America, South East Asia and more. Watch this space for further updates.
- Spark $100k Challenge 2015
Entrepreneurship – innate or acquired? Regardless of the answer to this question, students at The University of Auckland are exposed to plenty of this rebellion through the entrepreneurial challenge, Spark.
Fifteen finalists in this year’s programme eagerly awaited the results of the $100k Challenge at the Grand Prizegiving on Thursday last week. Guest speakers included Spark alumni Fady Mishriki, CEO and Co-founder of PowerbyProxi, Jiao Xie, CEO and Co-founder of Future Insight who also participated in Lightning Lab Auckland 2015, and Hamish Elmslie, CEO of Wine Grenade and start-up resident at The Icehouse.
eCentre Sprint Workshop
Sprint is the signature programme of this founder incubator located at the North Shore campus of Massey University. Designed for early stage businesses and/or those with great ideas, its name reflects the short, sharp and top-speed nature of the programme. In last week’s session we connected with various bright minds ranging from an ex in-house developer for EY now running 3 digital start-ups, the team behind an intricate English-as-a-second-language software tool, to a novel food delivery service start-up.
Asian Business Angel Forum
The summit provided an amazing opportunity for local and international attendees representing both private and public sectors to discuss the future of early stage investment and network while enjoying the fabulous Queenstown backdrop.
Of the 65 applications, 23 teams have been shortlisted for the Sprout Agritech Accelerator based on the entrepreneurial capabilities, product and market opportunities.
Here is a great Idealog cover on Lightning Lab Manufacturing, and keep your eye on media releases for the Lightning Lab Christchurch Demo Day happening next week! And, if that weren’t enough, there’s a Lightning Lab Manufacturing/C-PRIZE demo double-header in Lower Hutt in November.