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BNZ names keen young Start-Up Alley finalists

BNZ names keen young Start-Up Alley finalists

Six finalists are in the running to win $10,000 as part of BNZ’s Start-Up Alley, recognising new and innovative web ventures in New Zealand.

The Alley is part of Wellington's Webstock conference to be held next month from February 15-16. Start-Up Alley takes place the night of the 16th.

Much like Dragons' Den, in order to win the prize finalists must pitch their idea in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. Judges will then announce the winner, who receives a prize pack of $10,000 cash and return flights for two to San Francisco.

Ideas to be pitched include:

Go Vocab, an interactive website helping people learn new languages. The site has attracted large numbers of students and teachers across Australasia (featured in the upcoming issue of Idealog).

MyTours, which lets people can build an online tour of cities, and then either selling or gifting these tours to tourist – it won big in the Mix & Mash competition.

Educa, a web app allowing parents to engage with their child’s preschool teacher.

Luumin, an online to-do list, available for individual or group use in private beta. The concept is unique because it offers productivity and motivational support to individual users.

PocketSmith, focusing on the visual management of money in a calendar, differentiating it from competitors in the personal finance industry.

USnap.us, the winner of Wellington Startup Weekend, a mobile app that collects images from wedding guests’ phones on the wedding day, allowing the wedding party to collate images into an album.

“We’re rapt to have received such high-calibre entries from start-ups ready to take the next step. The web and tech industries are really setting the standard for New Zealand companies that want to grow and expand New Zealand’s economic potential," said one of the judges, BNZ head of small business Harry Ferreira.

The other judges include TradeMe founder Sam Morgan, co-founder of Sonar6 and the Kiwi Landing Pad John Holt, MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey, and Amy Hoy, founder of Freckle.

The finalists chosen were founders who demonstrated a clear direction, purpose and working concept for their startup.