Start-up highlights May 2016

  1. Tech Innovation Showcase at Astrolab

Hosted by the Auckland-based Technology Incubator Astrolab, the Tech Innovation Showcase was a unique addition to Tech Week Akl. Guests were warmly welcomed with canapes and drinks, after which new and prospective ventures commercialising NZ-sourced science and technology based at various incubators, universities and other research institutes were showcased.

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Michael Lonsdale, CEO of Moxion presents the proprietary end-to-end collaborative film editing technology. Moxion is incubated at Astrolab. Source: Elena Higgison.


  1. ArcAngels Investment Evening

Opened by the new Chair Cecilia Tarrant, this first ArcAngels event of the year saw 5 women-led start-ups pitching for investment. Fuel50 and Acuite updated the investors on their progress since the last investment round, whilst presenting their business strategies for the upcoming months. Presentations from SeekStock, The Baby Bag and Little Bird, were also followed by sharp questions and robust investment discussions.

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Cecilia Tarrant, new Chair of ArcAngels opens the investment evening. Source: @SummerParkSees


  1. Founders Angels Forum

As part of the process of evaluating acceleration programmes that have been running in NZ for the last three years and their impact on the start-up ecosystem in New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation, Creative HQ and the Angel Association of New Zealand sought feedback from Angel investors, founders and legal professionals.  Held in Wellington and Auckland, the forums engaged communities to discuss key topics such as investment mechanisms, risk management, criteria that influence investment decisions, current funding landscape in NZ, what it means for start-ups to take international investment, and the long-term vision for growing the NZ start-up ecosystem.

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The Founders and Angels panel Wellington at Creative HQ with moderator and Head of Acceleration Lightning Lab, Brett Holland. Source: Elena Higgison.


  1. Innovation Mission to Israel

Organised by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, this Innovation Mission is taking place from 29 May to 1 June 2016. At a time of increased global interest in centres of innovation such as Silicon Valley, Israel, Berlin among others, the mission will engage with and learn from Israel’s highly successful innovation ecosystem which has earned the country an enviable reputation as the “Start-up Nation.” Brett Oliver, CEO of Astrolab is taking part in this mission.

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Oren Gershtein, Managing Director of Ideality Roads addresses the mission in Israel. Source: @OrenGershtein


  1. Start-up Weekend Wellington

Over 54 hours this weekend just been, developers, designers and ideas folk got together at Biz Dojo Wellington for a marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration and fun. Pitches from 15 teams that had designed and built a new product, service or business marked the culmination of this high-energy weekend. More on SWWLG Twitter and Facebook.

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Participants, mentors, volunteers and sponsors of Startup Weekend Wellington. Source: @SWWLG


  1. Lightning Lab Updates

The teams at LL XX and LL AKL are busy prepping for Demo Day in June! Follow their progress by visiting the web links or on Twitter.

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