Startup Weekend Dunedin 2016

I’m just back from Startup Weekend Dunedin 2016 where I was facilitating with Dave Moskovitz.  The organisers and mentors put on another fantastic event and the participants had the most amazing energy.  One participant (not to be named) worked until 7am one day and had over 19 cups of coffee in a 24 hour period (not recommended but does show how keen they were)! 

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that starts on Friday evening with people pitching their idea for a business.  In Dunedin approximately half of the participants pitched an idea which is fairly typical.  Then teams are formed around the ideas people like the most.  Over the weekend the companies develop their business model, build an MVP, perform validation, and pitch their business.  Check out the Startup Weekend site for more information.

The winning teams in Dunedin 2016 were;

  1. eduPay
  2. Job Well Done
  3. Manifest Health

eduPay provides a parent friendly payment solution for school fees. Reducing the inefficiencies for school’s doing manual payment reconciliations and making modern payment methods available to parents. 

Job Well Done has created a trading card game that helps families work together to do household chores.  They have a pledgeMe campaign running which has already raised over $600, check out the SOTW story

Manifest Health is creating a task/notes app for the medical profession to enable doctors to take notes and replace the pen and paper.

The other Startup Weekend Dunedin ventures are;

  1. Blank Book - A fun game to play with your mates
  2. The Golf Club Card - Play golf wherever and whenever you want
  3. Cup n Go - Order coffee from your mobile
  4. Freely - Coordinating volunteers for non-profits
  5. Rent2Buy - Helping first home buyers into homes
  6. MyNosh - Providing healthy food that fits your dietary needs
  7. SafeTiwi - Health and Safety app for tradies
  8. Share the Wisdom - Helping connect the generations to pass on wisdom to the young.

Startup Weekends are held all around the world and New Zealand holds more per-capita than any other country.  The Startup Weekend NZ site has a list of all planned events around the country.

The next event is Startup Weekend Christchurch (29 April - 1 May 2016) where I'll be facilitating again with the help of an amazing team of organisers, mentors, and helpers.  At time of writing this blog post there were still some tickets left but we have sold out the past 2 years so get in quick.


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