Stories From Last Year: Andrew Masters

Andy is a long time attendee of Startup Weekend having attended four events in several different locations. Last year Andy’s team created The Cheese Board, a subscription based service that delivers a monthly platter of curated premium cheeses to your home or office.

Andy works full time as a software developer at Jade Software but has found that Startup Weekends expose him to more of the business side of startups which has helped him to develop a whole new set of skills.

Andy describes Startup Weekend as a real challenge but great fun. The most valuable part for him is “meeting the different teams and people that are there to make things happen.”

Listening to all of the different concepts put forward at the beginning of each Startup Weekend is Andy’s favourite part, “hearing all the innovative and creative ideas is really inspiring, and often sparks off other ideas.”

Andy will be back for his 5th Startup Weekend this year, limited tickets available here.

The Cheese Board

Stories From Last Year: Rupert Curry

FANCY-NZ-Design-Blog_Noble and Savage17Rupert Curry attended his first Startup Weekend in 2015. Since then he has continued to work on several different entrepreneurial ventures, with Noble and Savage being his main focus. Noble and Savage is a tea merchant company which makes premium loose leaf tea and is available in cafes and restaurants throughout New Zealand and Australia.
The main thing Rupert learnt from Startup Weekend was around, “never being too afraid or too proud to admit when something isn’t working.” Startup Weekend focuses on validating ideas quickly and changing what doesn’t work. Rupert also felt that Startup Weekend emphasised the importance of team and demonstrated the value of having a wide range of skills.
During Startup Weekend, mentors and business leaders are available to provide feedback on your idea. The challenge is that conflicting advice is often given by various people. Rupert recommends “filtering advice and making your own judgement call.”
The favourite part of Startup Weekend for Rupert was the general buzz and meeting so many clever people. The core group of people from his 2015 Startup Weekend venture have all become really good friends and still hang out every few weeks. Rupert has only attended the one Startup Weekend but plans to do another when he isn’t as busy as he currently is.
Tickets for startup weekend are available here. 

Stories From Last Year: Michelle Panzer

Last year was Michelle’s first ever Startup Weekend. Since then she has become increasingly more involved in the entrepreneurial space,first as part of the management team for Lightning Lab and now as the Incubator Manager at the University of Canterbury.

Michelle was encouraged to attend Startup Weekend and was promised it would be a great experience. Her favourite part was building a team around a problem that everyone was equally passionate about. Michelle acknowledges that their “idea wasn’t great, but our team became extremely close and still catch up most weeks.”

A lot of practical skills are gained from Startup Weekend including putting a lean canvas into practice, talking to potential customers and identifying pain points. “The strict timeframe of Startup Weekend forces you to achieve as much as you possibly can in a short timeframe and consequently makes you question your efficiency beyond Startup Weekend” says Michelle.

Having a startup experience condensed into a single weekend has given Michelle additional insight into what various ventures are challenged and inspired by. Now working with entrepreneurs and innovators every day this has proven to be extremely helpful.

Startup Weekend tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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Stories From Last Year: Ryan O'Hara

RyanOharaLast year Ryan attended his first ever Startup Weekend. He’d heard plenty about it and thought it would be a great way to check out what the startup scene was like in Christchurch. Ryan currently runs two businesses, Voyage a web design company which he founded prior to his involvement in Startup Weekend and Waggle, an online marketplace where Kiwis can launch and bid for jobs which was launched afterwards.

Startup Weekend involves 100 people including designers, developers and non-technical people interested in startups. Participants experience levels range from those being exposed to startups for the first time to seasoned entrepreneurs. For Ryan the best part of Startup Weekend was being in a room full of likeminded people. Ryan said “Startup Weekend provides you with the tools to develop and validate an idea quickly.”

Ryan found making connections with likeminded people really beneficial. “The networking aspect was invaluable and being able to take those connections and use them outside of Startup Weekend has been great.” Ryan said they’ve already used connections made through Startup Weekend to help with PR and recruitment.

Ryan is looking forward to another Startup Weekend and encourages those that have a job that needs doing to sign up and list it on Waggle. Early bird tickets finish this Friday so make sure you grab a ticket quick.

The Teams of SWCHCH 2015

Startup Weekend 2015 sold out about two weeks before the actual event, and that was after we increased our limit to 100 people. In the end we had 87 people actually attending the event.  In all there were 13 teams.

Here below are some information on the teams:


Lago (Winner)

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LAGO LogoDescription:  LAGO is paving the way for trampers, hikers and outdoors-people to share their knowledge and experiences on one platform, using a smooth, user-friendly map interface. Map out little-known trails manually or via live GPS, post photos and stories, plan your trip from start to finish and gain access to the vast wealth of information available on the NZ outdoors all from one sleek web application.

Our vision is to be the place to go for anyone looking to traverse the NZ outdoors, experienced or not. We are looking to simplify the planning and preparation process of expeditions, by providing easy access to critical safety information, as well as relevant suppliers of gear, accommodation and transport, depending on the adventure you have in mind. LAGO is uncovering the tracks less travelled, and if you’d like to join us, head to

Nightscape (2nd Place)

Nightscape Team

Nightscape logo3Description:  “even the bouncers couldn’t have told you that”

It is an app for the Nightlife industry that solves two key problems

  1. Bars and Nightclubs cannot turn a night around when they need to
  2. Partygoers want the best experience and want to know the hottest places NOW

Through a simple LIVE map, partygoers can see their city and the places that are popular, giving them an unparalleled view of what’s hot and how to get there.

A simple Business interface gives bars and nightclubs the power to send deals INSTANTLY through the NIGHTSCAPE app to entice partygoers to their bars. At the end of a night they can analyse the effectiveness of their decisions with our analytics package.

  • Team: Alex, Ben, Joseph, Rachael, Richard, Tom
  • Website:
  • Social Media: none
  • Contact: email

Intelligent Interiors (3rd Place)


intelPodDescription:  IntelPod is a behaviour aware heatpump controller. It extends the capability of modern behaviors aware technology to already installed heatpumps.

The simplicity of IntelPod is its strength. No installation or programming required. Just put it somewhere close to your current heatpump and use your heatpump as always. IntelPod learns your behaviour and will do the controlling automatically for you.

No more cold breakfast.

  • Team: Helen, Jurgen, Kunal, Latifah, Lisa, Muhammad, Robert
  • Website:
  • Social Media: none
  • Contact: email



cheeseboardDescription:  The Cheese Board – is a new subscription as a service product that delivers you a monthly platter of curated premium cheeses.

We deliver directly to your workplace, so the cheese is fresh and you don’t have to worry about being in.

We have 2 subscription tiers:
Explorer – lets you experience 3 of our wonderful cheeses ($30/month)
Connoisseur – gets an additional cheese and specialty condiment. Members are also invited to our quarterly cheese board social tasting panel, getting to participate in the cheese selection decision making process for the next few months. ($50/month)

Additionally each pack comes with tasting note cards and our own virtual Maître d’ Fromage content via YouTube, that guides you through your cheese tasting experience.



crowdie_logoDescription: Crowdie connects people looking for help with people offering their skills.
We aim to skip the hassle of finding a business and arranging times by linking you with people in the community who are willing to do the job. On the flipside, Crowdie is a place for people to advertise their skills and make some money on the side doing what they are good at.

Crowdie: Make life easy.

  • Team: Aleaddin, Blake, Cade, Christian, Henry, Joe, Mitchell, Nicola, Riria
  • Website:
  • Social Media: Twitter
  • Contact: email

Food For Good

FFG team SWCHC 15

FoodForGoodDescription: FoodForGood is a social enterprise that connects people with excess food to people who need it.

We are creating a service that deals with fruit wasting in urban backyards during fruiting seasons. It is a social enterprise that connects members of the community and existing social distribution channels with those who’d like to make their fruit available to a good cause.

  • Team: Anthony, Hemon, Ian, Jennifer, Kerepeti, Richard
  • Website:
  • Social Media: Facebook
  • Contact: on website

HateIt (Flipside Analytics)

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Haters LogoDescription: FlipSide Analytics is a market research company specialised in providing your business with customer demographics and marketing insights around the most disliked or hated companies or websites on the Internet.

We have built built a Hate/Dislike button or “bookmarklet” that allows you to “Hate” or “Dislike” any page on the Internet. You can see how many other people hate this page and the top most hated pages on the Internet.

For our business model, we have a global analytics product that enables you to determine customer pain points broken down by demographics (e.g. Google Analytics for haters). This is available as a subscription service for analysing global trends ($25/week). We also have a branded analytics product which provides a static report ($250) regarding demographics on the haters of your clients/competitors (URL based) and ongoing subscription for access to real-time data ($1000 per month).



Kinnetic Logo (1)Description: We have created a system which helps companies increase employee interaction to enhance the water-cooler effect. Our system matches two people from targeted groups and automatically sets up and facilitates an online meeting between them. Our system seamlessly organises these interactions so they can happen more frequently, less disruptively allows us to integrate this behaviour into the culture of your company. This can help companies break down both vertical and horizontal silos and help them onboard new staff.


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MatesRates_Logo_bigDescription: Online peer-to-peer community-based proximity-defined tool renting/letting service.

Missing Piece


Screenshot 2015-12-01 16.13.18Description:  no info provided

  • Team: Adam, Catarina, Hannah, Lina, Ryan, Samantha
  • Website: None
  • Social Media: None
  • Contact: email



vector logo - USE - orange with blackDescription: PhotoBomb is the Uber of sporting event photography – crowd sourcing those “special moment” photographs to give sporting participants a much larger pool of event photos, at a more competitive price.

Quick Pay NZ


QuickPay_nameDescription: We are QuickPay! Transferring money between friends is hard. We need to either hand over cash in person or use online banking. We believe it should be as simple as sending a text message.

We are creating a service that will enable just that – money transfer via SMS to anyone who has a phone number. We want to change the way small amounts of money is transferred between individuals and small merchants. All it takes to register is a phone number, a credit card and optionally a bank account to receive money.



ToooT LogoDescription: ToooT recognises the lack of education around healthy eating choices, particularly for children. We learned from teachers that the #1 way to promote healthy living for children is through fun, particularly games. In our game, the child will feed their character of choice and level up to receive rewards. These rewards come in the form of countdown dollars for the kids to spent at Countdown.

  • Team: Andrew, Ivan, Michelle, Peter, Rupert, Tui
  • Website: None
  • Social Media: None
  • Contact: email


cover photo credit: Erica Austin

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