Congratulations to all who took part in Startup Weekend Christchurch 2017, and a big thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
May 19 – 21 saw EPIC buzzing with energy at all hours as 120+ participants, mentors, organisers, and volunteers packed out the space to pitch startup ideas and turn them into real businesses, all in the space of a weekend.
Friday night was off to a running start with 54 individuals pitching their startup ideas, teams were formed, and coffee was drunk. The proverbial brown stuff may have hit the fan for many teams throughout Saturday as they engaged with their target market and learnt the dreaded word ‘pivot’.
Ultimately 13 teams delivered the goods at the final pitch battle in front of the public and our esteemed judges, with Binder taking out first place and bragging rights as the winners of Startup Weekend Christchurch 2017.
Binder NZ (Winner)
Binder is a wedding planning site, that provides everything a couple needs to plan their wedding. From venue, to photography, budget, and timeline Binder provides the complete wedding planning service.
Team: Daniel, Fionna, Hannah, Henry, Yanwei
Buzz Keeper (2nd place)
Buzz Keeper is a security device built into beehives that enables bee keepers to track stolen beehives and alert them of thefts.
Team: Kirsten, Simon, Ruby, Inder, Stephen, Nicole, Ryan, Michael
Freeze My Glass Off (3rd Place)
Freeze My Glass Off is a car defrosting system that defrosts frozen windscreens during winter months.
Team: Georgia, Peter, Callum, William
BetterKiwi helps New Zealanders be less apathetic about choosing the most appropriate KiwiSaver fund for their personal situation.
Team: Glendon, Rikki, Matt, Jason, Stephen
Make My Day!
Make My Day! is a mobile app that lists and recommends activities and nearby businesses to help make your day.
Team: Alex, Kerry, Peiyi, Taner, Margot, Thomas, Anna
TopCrop provides rentable and serviced vertical vegetable gardens for workplaces, contributing to a healthier and more productive workplace.
Team: Duncan, Pali, Stephan, Carl, Chris, James, Robina
Lakuna matches people with things needed to be stored with people that have available space.
Team: Edwin, Nathan, Ashling, Sarah, Ashley, Edwin, Izadora, Simon
Upto is an event promotion platform helping you find the best local activities and events to attend with your friends
Team: Arron, Matthew, James, Ben, Michel, Peter, Cameron, Stephanie
GapFinder helps local governments connect with their communities to understand what they want for their cities.
Team: Christopher, Ollie, Daniel, Mike, Tony, Dorj, Olivia
Heart Sync produces a pillow that helps adults sleep and provides anxiety relief by playing the sound of heart beats.
Team: Ged, Leo, Olivia
Helping young people learn about the world and envisage their future using Virtual Reality technology.
Team: Danny, Deborah, Chris, Joe, Sridhar, Alex, Paris, Raj, Daniel, Sakthi
Journey is an app that lets visitors have a great travel experience, including localised stories, nearby attractions and information on places to eat and where to get petrol.
Team: Carl, Charles, Mitchell, Huey, Jake, Munir, Keryn
Revival of the Craft
Revival of the Craft matches people wanting to learn a craft with a community run workshop.
Team: Timo, Terry, David, Daisuke, Kerry
Startup Weekends are truly community events, so we’d love to thank our sponsors who believe in investing into their local community.