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Emirates Team New Zealand HQ, 135 Halsey Street, Auckland Viaduct

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May 10
  • 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
  • Finished for the day


May 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • One minute update pitches/asks for help
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • One minute update pitches/asks for help
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day


May 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • One minute update pitches/asks for help
  • Andrew Patterson RadioLive Broadcast
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home, collapse!
National Sponsors
Event Sponsors

Candace Kinser

CEO, NZICT   |   LinkedIn

Candace Kinser is the Chief Executive Officer of NZICT, the national association representing the Information and Communications Technology industry of New Zealand. NZICT's members represent over 20,000 employees in the tech sector for the country. Technology is the second largest export behind dairy for New Zealand, and is set to become the highest GDP earner for the nation by 2020.

Prior to running NZICT, Candace led the successful software start-up Biomatters, which creates the award winning software Geneious Pro. In less than five years, Biomatters grew from a fledgling start-up company launched in the ICEHOUSE to become one of the leading scientific software companies in the world used in over 65 countries, and recognised as the Hi Tech Emerging Company of the Year for New Zealand in 2012.

Candace was named as one of the 'Top 10 female CEOs for New Zealand' in 2010, is an active Director on the Advisory Board for the School of Business at Massey University. She was a Director for NZBIO and the NZ Health IT Cluster for several years and has been appointed to a number of other government, sector and higher education advisory panels.

Lance Wiggs

Consultant, Investor, Director   |   LinkedIn

Lance is a management Consultant and senior executive with extensive experience across multiple sectors and locations. In addition, Lance is an engineering/product development undergraduate, studying through Yale and McKinsey training.

Lance's key areas of experience are online businesses, especially telecommunications, media and entertainment, retail, and private equity investing.

Lance has a track record of business turnarounds for companies and large plants, rapid culture transformation, growth acceleration, increased revenue and profits

Dave Moskovitz

Professional Director and Startup Investor   |   LinkedIn

Dave is a professional early-stage investor from Wellington New Zealand, and has invested in a number of Kiwi startups including MusicHype, ShowGizmo, Ponoko, 8interactive and others. His Wellington-based company, WebFund, invests in and nurtures companies from concept through to investment and execution. He’s also a member of Angel HQ, Wellington’s angel investment club, and organises the Lean Startup Wellington meetup. He’s also on the InternetNZ Council, serves on several boards, and does a significant amount of work for non-profits.

Dave is one of Startup Weekend’s Global Facilitators, and is or has been on the organising teams of Startup Weekends in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Perth WA. Dave is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their startups move from inspiration to perspiration and global success.

Alexei Dunayev

CEO and Co-Founder at TranscribeMe   |   LinkedIn

Alexei Dunayev is a Silicon Valley-based CEO and serial entrepreneur. He has a reputation for excellence in innovation, creating winning businesses within a market niche, and passion for online education and e-mentoring. Alexei combines expertise in management and innovation with a background technology and engineering. He has applied these skills in a broad range of leadership experiences ranging from consulting and finance to non-profits and government. Alexei has received a number of high profile awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and the Computerworld Excellence award. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of TranscribeMe, a premier technology startup in the voice to text space.

Prior to TranscribeMe, Alexei worked at the Boston Consulting Group, Gazprom Market & Trading, St John Ambulance, and World Mentor, where he currently serves on the board as head of IT. His educational background includes an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Commerce (Honours) from the University of Auckland.

Proud Supporters

Alan Froggatt

HEAD MENTOR   |   LinkedInGoogle+

(& SWNZ National Director)

Alan founded Genratec, an Integral Leadership Development and Generative Coaching company. Genratec has developed its own proprietary methodology, a platform chosen by over 2600 individuals, leaders, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business owners & others in over 7 countries to develop their capacity for professional performance. He has founded/co-founded several other business, one of which generating over a $1.2M profit for investors within the first year of business.

Rudi Bublitz

Investor, Coach & Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Rudi brings an extraordinary wealth of experience and proficiency to Auckland Startup Weekend. A member of Ice Angels since 2010 Rudi has taken an active role in guiding startup companies to investment readiness and in providing due diligence for Ice Angels. He received the 2011 Active Angel Award for his service to the angel community and he is a member of the Ice Angel Advisory Board. Rudi has been a pitch coach for presenters at Geeks on a plane, mentor and advisor to Spark participants, a mentor at Lightning Lab in Wellington and the list goes on. Rudi currently has an interest in seven startup companies, several in which he plays an active role as director or advisor. Rudi is also a passionate admirer and collector of art.

Rudi has first hand startup experience as co-founder of Team 121, growing this business in the UK from 2 to 400+ consultants in under 10 years before selling out to Logica in 1999. Rudi is himself a top SAP consultant with 25+ years experience in business process improvement, challenging people and changing systems to fuse SAP best practice with incumbent ways of working. With these skills and experience, we have a mentor in Rudi who will provide practical business acumen combined with Teutonic no-nonsense advice.

Mike DelPrete

Head of Strategy at Trade Me   |   LinkedIn

This guy is a powerhouse of talent. A high-level business strategy pro with a proven record of building strong tech teams, in product development, technology sales, usability, managing start-up growth, and he rocks at building an awesome company culture too!

Star gaming entrepreneur Mike DelPrete is looking forward to being in the midst of Kiwi entrepreneurs at Auckland Startup Weekend. He Founded Agora Games in 2005 and he's a startup junkie.

Mike fills his precious spare time with as much interaction with entrepreneurs and startup companies as he can. He grew Agora to the point where it now reaches 55 million gamers worldwide with online features to connect web-based gaming communities. The company works closely with game developers and includes such legendary titles in their stable as Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero.

With that experience and more, the programme for Startup Weekend – an intense zone for creating, building and pitching smart startups over 54 hours – is an environment Mike knows well.

Sue de Bievre

Accountant, Business Advisor & Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Sue is Involved in a plethora of local organisations in the Central North Island with particular interest in the development of the economy. Sue is current Chair of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo and a Trustee on Destination Great Lake Taupo.

Sue has been involved with 12 startups both here in NZ and in the UK, across a range of sectors from hospitality to import/export of specialist chemicals, even the startup of a bungy jumping company in her youth! In her role in Economic Developnment, Sue recently initiated a programme for entrepreneurs and now works extensively with this growing group in the central north island.

Sue brings a range of practical hands on experience to the start up scene from financial modelling through to the attraction of funds to projects and to how to hire and manage your first team members!

Sue is passionate about entrepreneurship and about tapping into NZ's vast hidden talent and she loves a good debate too.

Nigel Parker

Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft New Zealand   |   LinkedIn

Nigel has been at Microsoft in Auckland for the past 8 years. He's worked on an extraordinarily diverse range of projects and ended up a well respected guru of tech. He brings this wealth of experience and some serious tech savvy. Some of Nigel's more interesting projects have been:

• Microsoft TechEd Keynotes 2006-2013
• The interactive web experience for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 2009
• The live production video player in Silverlight for
• Slice of Kevin - New Zealand IE8 Web Slice Competition platform
• A project to launch the All Blacks Jersey with Adidas using Photosynth
• Technical project manager for the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a focus on mobile apps and video production as part of Microsoft's official technical sponsorship of the event.
• Working with the NV Interactive team on the NZ Cricket Video Vault
• Building the wall of fashion for MSN for the Air New Zealand Fashion Week
• Creating NZsynth for the Web09 keynote that lead to the work at Te Papa developed by Tim Tait - Kura Pounamu and The Mixing Room
• Finalist in the global Microsoft Be What’s Next global innovation competition
• On Sale New Zealand app for Windows Phone and Windows 8 leveraging Windows Azure in the backend.
• The NZ Herald Windows Phone 8 app including the Windows Azure back-end piece used for tile generation.

Jean-Christophe Taunay-Bucalo

Head of Sales at   |   LinkedIn

Jean-Christophe has been working for cloud computing companies since 2005. He prides himself on his ability to work on a daily basis towards improved integration between Sales and Marketing through common KPIs for optimal customer experience.

He is also a start-up addict! He quotes Aaron Levie: “Startups are for people that wanted to run marathons, cage fight, and hunt alligators, but were born with asthma.” That quote resonates with JC who loves the thrill of startup and the sense that everyone is working together to achieve something big.

Jean-Christophe sees sales as an important consulting role in any business and especially at Vend. He brings a customer focused ethos that will be critical to success at Auckland Startup Weekend.

His other specialties are: Cloud Computing, SaaS, Hosting, POS
Retail, Lead Nurturing, Salesforce
Dynamics, CRM, Citrix

Clive Kemp

Marketing Specialist at GPS Log Book (Division of Detonation Creative)   |   LinkedIn

Clive is this Auckland Startup Weekend's Brand Man! He has more than twenty years of marketing, media and design experience. From this he refined a simple, yet incredibly effective process, for creating rapid brand expansion. The awesome thing about is, he's bringing this top notch knowledge to Startup Weekend and he's willing to share.

Clive's areas of specialisation are: -
• Brand origination, development and management
• Hands on Creative delivery
• Design, Illustration, Photography, Web and Online,
• Media and Marketing
• Media Strategy, Planning and Buying

Ben Morrison

Partner at Lowndes Jordan   |   LinkedIn

Ben is a corporate, commercial and trust lawyer with experience in a wide range of transactions, structures and arrangements. He is also
a member of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association and a regular mentor to entrepreneurs at eCentre Massey and at StartUp Weekends around New Zealand.

His expertise encompasses:

• Acquisitions and dispositions of shares, business assets and properties by domestic and offshore entities.
• Formation and governance of companies, limited partnerships and joint ventures.
• Commercial property development and associated construction, finance and security arrangements for projects including marinas, pacific island resorts and managed apartments.
• Commercial leasing for clients including nationwide retail chains and multi-tenanted commercial building owners.
• Establishment of private equity funds.
• Devising and implementing appropriate trust structures for domestic and offshore parties seeking to hold and protect assets in New Zealand.
• Advising businesses, from large multi-nationals to closely held private companies, in a range of industries and sectors, in relation to all legal aspects of day-to-day operations.
• Advising business start-ups and ventures in relation to formation, ownership arrangements, initial capital raising, and growth towards ultimate sale, merger or public offering.

John Graves

Founder & CEO Slidespeech   |   LinkedIn

John can boast something few others can. He is a graduate of Singularity University which means he knows how to take exponential steps toward the goal - this is exactly what participants will need with just 54 hours at hand!

John is a PhD Student at AUT University studying Open Source Software Development. His study there led to the creation of the SlideSpeech system.

John is an experienced Systems Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Multimedia Developer and also Founder of SlideSpeech and Co-founder or Work the Room.

Lenz Gschwendtner

Co-Founder iWantMyName   |   LinkedIn

Lenz is a self described "geek living at the edge of the world." He's gotta lotta geek love: He loves hacking in perl and erlang, loves dropping all his stuff on github and he loves tinkering with new stuff. Yep, geek!

When Lenz isn't playing around with new stuff he writes the world's best domain management software at iWantMyName. Lenz co-founded the company with the goal of making a boring industry a happy place again.

Lenz is 100% open source around sharing his startup experience and using it to help other entrepreneurs to see their businesses take off. He's savvy with all of the contemporary processes including Lean and Agile.

Rick Shera

Partner at Lowndes Jordan, top niche, corporate, commercial and ICT law firm   |   LinkedIn

Rick is a partner at Lowndes Jordan, New Zealand’s first ISO9001 accredited specialist corporate, commercial and IT law firm. He provides legal services to private and listed companies, business individuals and multinationals. Rick's primary sphere of expertise is internet, IT and intellectual property law, including:

• Media law
• Internet services including website development and hosting, and advertising and linking arrangements
• Domain names
• Telecommunications
• ISP issues
• Hardware and software development, licensing and implementation arrangements
• E-commerce relationship agreements
• IP protection and licensing
• General internet law issues – copyright, online liability, jurisdiction, crimes and privacy.

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