Winners emerge from Startup Weekend Kāpiti

Startup weekend Delaney Thorn


KĀPITI COAST, MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018 - An intense weekend full of concept planning, market research, designing, coding and pitching has resulted in winners for this years Kāpiti Startup Weekend.

Its third year running in Kāpiti, Startup Weekend sees small teams produce an MVP (minimum viable product) in just 54 hours, with the help from experienced mentors. The teams must produce a pitch to the event judges on the Sunday night.

Coming in first place for 2018 was Budd, an exercise and recreation-based mobile app with location-based social search mobile app - allowing users to connect with potential exercising partners.

Judges included Ata McGregor, 2shakes; Dylan Andrews, CIO Electra; Hannah Delaney, Kāpiti Collective, noting that Budd was an impressive competitor with its concept as well as market positioning.

“Judging criteria takes not only the concept, but the work done on the target audience, market need, positioning, and presentation and execution. Budd was particularly impressive as they essentially had a live app working and running with the business foundations properly executed,” says Hannah Delaney Founder of shared space Kāpiti Collective.

As the winner of 2018, Budd will get additional resources and mentorship to get their startup off the ground.

Budd joins winners from previous years including Poppins (2017), helping families vet child care providers, and Seek Shelter (2016), helping homeless shelters manage occupancy in real-time.

In second place was Infotracker - a system designed for government to automate and track information requests. Third place was Sage, an app designed to make cooking easier with options to reduce food waste, collect recipes and make the cooking fun for a more inspired cooking experience.

Organiser for the last three years, Rebecca Tayler and facilitator Sam Parkin say Startup weekend is an important part of the Kāpiti Community.

“Startup weekend Kāpiti over the last three years has built confidence and providing essential learning for those looking to launch their own start-up. As small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs increase, we see startup weekend as a fundamental part of the community to give them the best start at go-live,”  says Rebecca Tayler, Startup Weekend Kāpiti organiser.

Since launching in 2016, Kāpiti Startup Weekend is organised by a dedicated crew volunteers and supported by local businesses and has grown a community of over 150 participants, mentors and judges. Locals from 14 years and up have participated. Kāpiti startup weekend is organised by a dedicated crew volunteers and supported by local businesses and KCDC and WREDA.

The idea of Startup Weekend began 11 years ago in the United States, and by 2016, the non-profit organisation was running events in over 1000 cities globally.

The event has given rise to several successful global businesses like Zapier, Loot Crate and Airstoc.

New Zealand’s first Startup Weekend ran in Auckland in 2011, and events have since spread to Christchurch, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Kāpiti, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Taranaki, Tauranga and Wellington.

Kāpiti Startup weekend is committed to returning for 2019 and beyond. If you are interested in joining the startup weekend community, please use the link below to join the Kāpiti Startup & Innovate Network Meetup, a network of over 210 members that has regular events.