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Auckland Startup Weekend judges Rick Shera, Partner at Lowndes Jordan, Rod Snodgrass, CEO of Spark Ventures, and Lillian Grace, CEO of Wiki New Zealand, were wowed by 12 teams at Sunday Night Final Pitches at GridAKL on the waterfront.

Teams went head to head to impress judges with their business ideas, and Artfé (artfe.co) came out on top to take first prize. Artfé is a platform that puts art into public spaces that the general public frequent on a regular basis such as cafes. They take art into the world and make it easy and simple for people to appreciate and subsequently purchase. “You don’t know what you want until you see it. This is art advertising itself.”

Team Artfe
Team Artfe

As the winning team, Artfe will receive an EROAD Team Experience, the Startup Law pack from Lowndes Jordan, the Spark Ventures Prize Bundle, not to mention AKLSW T-shirts and certificates to show off.

The runner-up this year was AnchorUp (@bookmyboat on Twitter). AnchorUp is an online market place that is connecting boat owners with boat enthusiasts wanting to rent a boat and explore the waves. They did a fantastic job with validation this Startup Weekend, with several customers already signed up and $900 in revenue!

Team AnchorUp
Team AnchorUp

All in all, it was a fantastic night with a great performance from all of the teams. The weekend was one rollercoaster startup journey that took the teams from idea to business – well done everyone, you’ve ‘gambatted’ and are now officially a part of the startup community. Spread the word, lean-in and play your part in making it grow.

Jenny Xu