A lot can happen in 12 months and we thought it would be good to list a couple of the highlights from 2016 to reminder us of all the things that happened during the year.
GBJ works in two main areas; startup support and the startup ecosystem.
Startup support is where we help an individual startup to launch, grow, and raise investment.
Startup ecosystem tasks are where we work with groups of startups or founders.
We worked with some amazing founders during the year, here are just a few highlights from 2016, sorry to everyone I left out.
This incredible startup was formed at Startup Weekend Christchurch 2016 in May and supplies edible insects to restaurants and special events around the country. They have received significant press coverage including television and radio interviews. All of this in only 8 months!
The highlight was helping them prepare for the entre $85k Challenge 2016 competition, which they won!
Canterbury Startup Ecosystem
A big year for Canterbury Tech as we re-branded from Canterbury Software in April. Software, electronics, sensors, wearables are all merging together and the new name reflects that people don’t just write software they create innovative tech products.
The Tech Summit continues to be the largest tech event in the south island, and was sold out in 2016 with more than 650 registrations.
Ministry of Awesome
A very busy year for Ministry of Awesome with the addition of two new awesome trustees ; Sue Suckling and Lloyd Mander.
We expanded to two co-working spaces and relocated our main location to the beautiful 192 St Asaph Street.
Ministry of Awesome ran a crazy number of events and workshops from the weekly Coffee and Jam to special events and our new workshop series.
We met with more than a hundred entrepreneurs via our Startup Activation programme and Activator Caffeine Adventure events.
In 2016 we organised our 3rd Startup Weekend Christchurch event with a sold out event at EPIC in May. The highlight for me this year is seeing so many of the attendees from the past events following their own entrepreneurial journeys. From Peter and Bex with Anteater to Andy and Chris with Chess Checker and Regina with Swoopy.
There are lots of other great ecosystem groups and activities in 2016 that we weren't directly involved in but did participate with so wanted to acknowledge;
- Christchurch Startups Meetup
- SingularityNZ Summit
- Product Management and Product Marketing Meetup
- Angel Association NZ
- Vodafone Xone
- Startup Dunedin
- Signal - IT Grad School
- The fantastic sponsors of the various activities
- My fellow startup founders and supporters
- CDC, Callaghan Innovation, MBIE