Start-up highlights March 2016


On Thursday March 17th Sprout companies presented to a handpicked group of investors and agribusiness leaders at the 2016 New Zealand Agribusiness Investment showcase in Palmerston North. This was part of the wider New Zealand Agri Investment Week designed with a focus on problem solving and innovation in agritech.


Photo: @NZTEnews


Lightning Lab XX

Lightning Lab XX was officially launched on International Women’s Day (March 8th) in Wellington. Read more on the highlights including sessions by Annette Presley (Co-Founder of Slingshot), a screening of Code in celebration of International Women’s Day and the meet and greet with Lightning Lab XX mentors. Here’s a great article about Lightning Lab XX written by The New Zealand Herald.


Shiobhan Bulfin of Melon Health kicked off the first day of the programme


Lightning Lab Auckland

For Lightning Lab Auckland the past week has seen teams work on customer validation and initial branding. “Speed dating” sessions have been underway, where over 30 mentors met with the companies on the 16th and 23rd of March. A key feature was a presentation on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform by Vishesh Oberoi.



Start-up Digest

Coming up during May 9th – 11th in New York is the highly anticipated TechCrunch Disrupt conference.  Entrepreneurs, investors and influencers come together to discuss hot tech topics, and be part of the Start-up Battlefield competition. Other past events included the Entrepreneurs Unleashed event on the 29th of March in Auckland and the Wellington PHP Meetup also on the 29th at the Bizdojo.


Wintec Innes48 Competition

The 2016 Wintec Innes48 Competition powered by Soda Inc and sponsored by Wintec and Gallagher will soon go ahead in an action packed weekend during April 8th – 10th in Hamilton. The competition is an opportunity for up to 15 teams innovate and create a business within 48 hours – the top 6 teams will pitch their newly created business to a panel of judges and an audience of 300 people. Applications for teams are now open, with the chance to win over $10k in cash while competing in New Zealand’s largest 48hour business start-up competition.





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