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Northtec, Whangarei

Developers. Designers. Marketers. Business Folk. This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground.

Startup Weekend is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice.


What can you expect?

Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (determined by popular vote). Then, it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

The weekend wraps up with teams presenting their startup to local entrepreneurial leaders with an opportunity for critical feedback. The winning team will receive a $1000 worth of training with Massey University and their E centre 8 week SPRINT Programme

What are you waiting for?

Found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5. You are guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Come along to our intro evening on 17 August at - register here to find out if it is for you, or if you know you are keen - cut straight to signing up for the weekend!

To help prepare you for the weekend we have an evening session on Tools tips & pitching on 7 September.

There is also an optional chance to learn from Anna Guenther, of Pledge about crowd & equity funding on 10 Sep - register here  

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 123,000 people like you having taken part in more than 1500 startup weekends in 726 cities with in excess of 13,000 startups created as a result!

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organisers and facilitators can be found around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil.

Clean Green and Whangarei

We are dedicated to making this Startup weekend a green event - being "Sustainable, Zero Waste" and championing local producers and suppliers wherever possible. We are the first startup weekend to commit to being green - but we hope other events will follow our lead.

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Sep 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • First pitch practice
  • Wrap-up


Sep 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Second pitch practice
  • Lunch
  • Third pitch practice
  • Presentation prep & tech check
  • Wrap-up (tools down)
  • Guests arrive
  • Pitch to judges
  • Pizza
  • Speakers & spot prizes
  • Winners announced
Platinum Sponsors

David Templeton

Mentor   |  LinkedIn

David Templeton is part of Northland Inc.’s Business Development Team. His work includes connecting Northland businesses with the Regional Business Partnership contract for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, which involves finding those enterprises with the capacity and willingness to innovate and grow and taking them through a needs assessment, formulate a clear action plan and connect them with key service providers to help them to gain entry to international markets. The Business Development Team is also involved with Research and Development funding through Callaghan Innovation, facilitating R&D applications for innovation grants.

David brings his unique insight of business development strategies and a great pool of contacts to Startup Weekend for those looking to make the connection from concept to commerce a reality.

Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

Agile, Lean & Holacracy Coach   |  LinkedIn

Richard Scott-Will-Harknett has been involved with Startup Weekend in Auckland for a number of years. He has experience as both an organiser and a mentor. As a day job he works at Xero where is role is Agile Practice Lead. In this capacity he acts as a coach to the product development teams helping them figure out more effective ways of working. He also supports other parts of the organisation in bringing lean and agile concepts into everyday work. He is a member of the Happy Melly Network dedicated to making the world of work a happier place. He work to help individuals and groups overcome obstacles and deliver greater value while having a heap more fun. Happy people are more productive. Great products are made with love. It might be simple but is sure isn’t easy.
Some specific knowledge areas where he might be able to help your teams: Lean Canvas, Visual Management, Lean and Agile processes, Organisational Design (Richard is also a certified in Holacracy).

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

Learning facilitator, Founder, Director   |  LinkedIn

Hi I am Pascale Hyboud-Peron, I am a learning facilitator, using tech to take learning where it has not been before.

My experience is with the provision of technologies and frameworks to enable open knowledge sharing and community building.
I have re-booted my teaching skills to walk the learn-by-doing talk and fell in a magic potion: entrepreneurship.

I have been involved with Startup Weekend as a participant and an organiser and I live the ‘SW vibe" daily as a co-founder of Venture Centre, a startup focussed on building the capability of the entrepreneurial community from the ground up.
I get to combine my passion for methodologies and tech and apply them to the real world of business, in real time.
I work with fledgling teams and ideas, lighting the path from idea to scale, introducing new skills through workshops and events. My kick? Working with people and ideas where the learning is mutual.

Ellis Bryers

Cultural facilitator and trainer, TEDx Speaker   |  LinkedIn

Dave Bartlett

Software Developer & Agile Consultant   |  LinkedIn

Dave is an IT contractor with 20 years experience developing software across a range of industries from critical infrastructure to small web based applications to cloud based solutions. He is enthusiastic about Agile and Lean, and would like to see these ideas used to raise the game of the software industry by creating wildly successful software applications and delivering on the promise of technology to transform our society and economy.

Colart Miles

Innovation Leader, Founder, Director   |  LinkedIn

Colart helps Kiwi companies to innovate. A business designer and coach by trade, Colart has recently cofounded Velox Innovation to make some of the latest start-up thinking accessible to New Zealand businesses. Colart plays a central role in the local start-up ecosystem and likes nothing more than to share insights with fellow pioneers and enthusiasts.

Colart’s specialities include:
- Business Design and Operational Strengthening

- Agile Project Management

- Business Agility Coaching (SCRUM, LEAN & KANBAN)

- Governance

Jenine Watson

I've always been solution and goal focused. Whether it has been helping people achieve their goals, or accomplishing my own. Much of which has involved streamlining processes to increase efficiency, along with strategic and succession planning.

Starting my Chartered Accountancy career in commerce gave me a grounding in business which allowed me to provide practical advice to clients when I moved into the public practice arena. Whilst I was a director at Sumpter Baughen Chartered Accountants, I worked alongside some very successful business people and entrepreneurs, providing advice to small start-ups through to large companies.

Since selling my share in the firm and spending time overseas, I have been involved in a number of projects involving business development and collaboration. I enjoy being a sounding board and providing assistance to those who want to improve, so am looking forward to Whangarei’s first Startup Weekend.

Lenz Gschwendtner

Lenz is founder of Springtimesoft Consulting, a Wellington New Zealand based consulting agency and co-founder of iwantmyname, a global player in the domain name industry. Prior to moving to New Zealand Lenz was part of fast growing startups in Germany and did his fair share in corporate IT management.

Lenz has been managing teams for most of his adult life and is known to run highly effective and motivated teams that deliver exceptional results without compromises in happiness. Lenz is a mentor for startups at any stage of development and helps drive many industry activities that help grow a better startup community in New Zealand and worldwide. Pay him coffee/beer and he will happily give you feedback on your current project or open up his network to find the person you need.

Kaye-Maree Dunn

Mapping her own destiny, Maori Advisor and Coach   |  LinkedIn

Nigel Studdard

STEM Project Manager & Lecturer and Director   |  LinkedIn

National Sponsors

Rudi Bublitz

Rudi is cofounder of Flying Kiwi Angels a group of enthusiastic early stage investors who provide experience, connections and funding for NZ ​startup founders​. He ​is a regular mentor at the weekly ADI.Clinic where he ​provides advice for startups of all stages​. A regular judge at the Spark Challenge competitions run by the University of Auckland.​ He is also a veteran 54h-​mentor at Startup Weekends around NZ.

Rudi has invested in over ​20 startups in diverse industries. Some of these companies have since moved overseas to the ​US ​or ​UK​. His own startup in the UK ​grew rapidly within nine years from 2 to over 400 staff ​before it was sold to a FTSE 100 company in 1999.

Rudi is originally from Germany with a European business degree. ​He is a straight shooter ​with a sense of humour and penchant for colourful clothes but beware he ​is not afraid to ask the tough questions.

Malcolm Rands

Title   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Long before carbon footprints and sustainability became de rigueur, Malcolm Rands was going green. Malcolm’s concept began life in an eco-village. The premise was simple: he wanted to create a financially successful business that would enable him to share his skills, and passion, for eco living as well as make it easy for others to “green up” and live sustainably.

With the help of a regular television segment on the Good Morning show, Malcolm became known as EcoMan, the show’s resident expert on eco-friendly lifestyles, giving practical advice for ‘greening up’ at home. He also began to develop his own range of products—which now total over 100. Naturally these were able to be promoted in store, on air, via catalogue and overseas, meaning New Zealand consumers aren’t the only ones able to purchase the ecostore range.

By 2005 Malcolm was exporting over 30 product types into Australia - sold across the Woolworth’s chain of 700 stores - Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea. Ecostore’s market share has been steadily increasing and now is the market leader in the eco category in New Zealand, achieving Deloitte Fast 50 status, and named 2009 Sustainable Business of the Year. Today customers both here and abroad swear by Malcolm’s safer and healthier alternatives to everyday products.

Raewyn Tipene

Gold Sponsors
Larissa Matheson
Derryn Williamson
Sarah Kessell
Sarah Fox
Fiona Cole
Diana Ortiz Arbulu
Eileen McNaughton
Nick Williamson
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