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    Startup Weekend Tāmaki Makaurau

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    Can a startup be built in 54 hours?

    Calling all designers, programmers, ideas people, and anyone interested in learning how to take an idea, validate it and make progress quickly. 


    Here's what Startup Weekend Tāmaki Makaurau looks like:

    Friday Night: Bring an idea to pitch - you get 60 seconds on the mic! (Don't worry if you do not have an idea to pitch, this part is optional). After all the pitches are heard the crowd will vote on their favourites. You will form a team revolving around one of the top ideas.

    Saturday: Work with your team all of Saturday to validate your idea and build a working prototype.

    Sunday Day: Create a business plan for your startup.

    Sunday Night: Your team will present your startup with a pitch to a panel of judges. Winners will be announced and prizes will be given away.


    What you get with registration:

    • 54 hours of hustle with like-minded teammates
    • An opportunity to pitch an idea to be worked on
    • 7 meals 
    • Coffee, drinks & snacks to keep you fueled
    • Coaching by the big names of Auckland's startup community
    • Ability to pitch the progress you've made to a panel of entrepreneurs & investors
    • Heaps of fun!


    We're proud to be supported this year by some amazing sponsors:

    Global Partners


    Q: What is Startup Weekend?

    A: Have you ever used a product, app or service and thought to yourself, "This could be so much better"? Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation within just a few days. 

    Q: Who is this event for?

    A: Anybody! Whether you're interested in setting up your own business, want to build your network, or work on a project for your portfolio. Amateurs and professionals. Developers, designers, ideas people and more. Anyone who wants to experience building something from nothing. 

    Q: Can I sign up by myself or do I need to bring a team?

    A: You can definitely come solo - you're guaranteed to meet people on Friday, bonding over your ideas or the pizza. You can also join as a bunch of friends and either work on the same startup or different ones. 

    Q: Do I have to have an idea to join?

    A: No! Come along, share your talents, and have fun.

    Q: I have to go to XYZ event for 2 hours, can I still come?
    A: Yes, just let your team know you have a prior obligation.

    Q: Are the meals for the whole weekend included in the ticket price?
    A: Yes - all meals, plus coffee, plus snacks! (see if you can do that at home for the price of the ticket)

    Q: Do I have to join my team's startup after the weekend is over?
    A: There's no obligation to join the team. People come to build a startup, network, or just get a taste of startup life. Whatever your reason, just come along and have fun! 

    Q: Do you take any part of the equity in my idea or ownership?

    A: No. Startup Weekend, the organizers and mentors take zero ownership or part of the idea you bring to the weekend. 

    Q: You all have to be getting something out of this, what gives?
    A: This is a global organisation led by local volunteers and community members who want to open access to entrepreneurship for everyone, no matter your background or experience. 

    Q: I can't attend the event, when is the next one?
    A: Keep an eye out for other events by following us on Facebook or Twitter

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    About Techstars Startup Weekend: Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

    Refund Policy:  No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drinks have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning experience. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might start a company with, learn from mentors as well as learning from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.

    As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible in the event of any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.

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