Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre, has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”
Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together
Pascale’s dedication to entrepreneurship goes far beyond digital self-presentation. Shortly after attending her own first Techstars Startup Weekend in 2013 in Tauranga, New Zealand, Pascale met her Venture Centre co-founders, and together they started this entrepreneurship hub and social enterprise designed to support and grow entrepreneurship in Tauranga: “When not coordinating programmes or producing events in our coworking space, I spend time on exploring and strengthening generative relationships and partnerships to ensure our community of entrepreneurs can access the resources they need to take the next leg of their journey,” Pascale says. “We work with founders with ideas to solve social and environmental problems, from the very early stage past ideation through proof of concept to their first drop sheet.”
Supporting People’s Empowerment
Pascale started her career as a teacher, before discovering her inner entrepreneur. “I was definitely not born an entrepreneur, nor did I call myself one until only very recently,” she says, “But the passion for supporting people’s empowerment has always been there.” She sees that as the through-line that connects her first career in education with her second in entrepreneurship.
Since 2014, Pascale has been organizing and then facilitating Techstars Startup Weekends all over New Zealand, although she likes to point out that she is constantly “playing an ever diminishing role :-)” That’s because she focuses on “enabling fresh energy and commitment, with a view to renew the crew incrementally and maintain the event firmly on our local ecosystem’s calendar.” Pascale knows that the best way to help others is to teach them, and encourage them to help themselves.
Pascale gets most passionate when talking about ventures that she has seen come out of Techstars Startup Weekend, or that she has been able to help through Venture Centre, such as SeeSpray and CLOser. These are both ventures that solve social problems—the founder of SeeSpray was concerned about the pesticides being sprayed on a neighboring orchard when her kids were playing outside, and CLOser tackles affordable housing and sustainable co-housing communities—and both, as Pascale notes, have “all female founders!”
Pascale’s big goal is to help “create new ventures that do good for our people and our planet. I want to help this change happen faster.”
What’s Your Twitter Bio?
Go look at your own Twitter bio. Go ahead, do it. And take a moment to ask yourself if you’re being who you want to be, living the life that you show the world on social media.
Pascale is. If you want to ask her how she does it, you can connect with her on Twitter, or meet her at Tauranga Startup Weekend_Sustainable Development Goals edition, coming up on 30 August 2019.
Startup Weekend is a global movement, and for the first time, a keen bunch of local volunteers are bringing the event to Kapiti, hosting the first Startup Weekend on the Coast in Paraparaumu in July 2016.
To the uninitiated, Startup Weekend is hard to describe. Well, it’s easy to describe what happens in terms of the mechanics: you turn up Friday night with ideas (or not) and sort yourselves into teams – then spend the weekend working your idea up into a business. On Sunday night, you pitch what you’ve been working on, and the lucky winning team wins a bunch of useful prizes to help their startup dream go further.
But, it’s not just about that. You see…Startup Weekend is for everyone. And I’m not just saying that. Whether your “day job” is in retail, restaurants or rocket-ship building, you will learn something at a Startup Weekend.
If you are really experienced in business, or haven’t even started out, then you have something you can bring to your team. It might be that you are the connector, the cheerleader or the confidence builder. Every team needs one of those. Teams that thrive at Startup Weekend are ones that have a lot of people in them who aren’t sure why they are there (or what they can bring), but are keen to give it a go anyway.
If your day job is as a developer, you might be looking to meet people who have the same skills as you, or for people who bring something different. We’ve already met a good bunch of developers through our meetup group, so we know we’ve got a great base to grow from.
We also have a fantastic arts and crafts community on the Coast. That means there are plenty of artists and crafters who fit the bill of “designers”. It is people who can turn words into images and think creatively and expressively through pictures and design.
If you have had a random idea perculating away in your brain, maybe for an app, a web service, or for something that you want to buy but have never been able to find, then Startup Weekend is a great place to bring it, test it, build it and launch it.
No previous experience necessary – come and learn, laugh and be part of the “magic” that happens at Startup Weekend.
To be eligible to come to Startup Weekend you only need two things. 1. Enthusiasm 2. A ticket!
Grab your ticket today at www.kapiti.co