GBJ Innovation - 2016 Year In Review

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.

Startup Support

We worked with some amazing founders during the year, here are just a few highlights from 2016, sorry to everyone I left out.


Anteater

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!

Anteater winning the entre $85k Challenge 2016

Anteater winning the entre $85k Challenge 2016

CodeLingo

CodeLingo is a Dunedin based startup working in the software tools space.  Their revolutionary product automates the code review process to help us make better software and save us from the estimated $1 trillion dollar technical debt problem.

They recently won a Chorus Gig-start grant.

CodeLingo receiving a Chorus Gig-start grant

CodeLingo receiving a Chorus Gig-start grant


AccountingPod

AccountingPod is re-imagining financial education for accountants and business people using real business data and cloud tools.

AccountingPod has just been shortlisted for the new Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator.

AccountingPod at the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator selection day

AccountingPod at the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator selection day

AccountingPod Complete For Cash Cow competition

AccountingPod Complete For Cash Cow competition

AccountingPod Complete For Cash Cow competition 

AccountingPod Complete For Cash Cow competition 


Canterbury Startup Ecosystem


Canterbury Tech

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.

Photo credit: Jonny Knopp, Peanut Productions.

Photo credit: Jonny Knopp, Peanut Productions.

Photo credit: Jonny Knopp, Peanut Productions.

Photo credit: Jonny Knopp, Peanut Productions.


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.   

AwesomeHQ, 192 St Asaph Street

AwesomeHQ, 192 St Asaph Street

Activator Caffeine Adventure

Activator Caffeine Adventure


Startup Christchurch

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.

Startup Weekend Christchurch @ EPIC

Startup Weekend Christchurch @ EPIC

Startup Weekend Christchurch @ EPIC

Startup Weekend Christchurch @ EPIC


University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury continues to grow its startup support with the official opening of UCE during 2016 and the continuing success of its student club entre.  UC students have also participated in; Startup Weekend, Vodafone Xone, Lightning Lab, and BNZ Start-up Alley.

Opening of UCE

Opening of UCE

UCE Bootcamp

UCE Bootcamp

Canterbury Angels

Canterbury Angels turned one during 2016 and had a big year with gaining SCIF accreditation,  completing our first investment and hiring Gabby Addington as our Operations Manager.

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Others

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;