Startup Grind set to hit Kiwi shores

Startup Grind set to hit Kiwi shores

Auckland co-working space Generator is set to bring the global entrepreneurial Startup Grind community to New Zealand with the first monthly event kicking off at the end of October.

The events have already spread to 50 cities and feature interviews with successful startup founders and innovators.

GrabOne and ShopHQ founder Shane Bradley will be interviewed at the first event, followed in November by Mike Ballantyne, founder of e-commerce website group Online Republic. Generator expects Startup Grind founder Derek Andersen will interview Sir Stephen Tindall during a visit to New Zealand in February.

Generator general manager Francesca Blomfield says its CEO Ryan Wilson wanted to introduce the event locally as a way to share entrepreneurial knowledge. "It targets the market we're trying to target, with that entrepreneurial feel. We're trying to get the story no one else has heard. We're trying to go deeper and get a feel for who [the interviewees] are. It's more about them as a person and sharing that knowledge."

The events might initially draw up to 60 people, says Blomfield.

Among other founders set to be interviewed are The Business Bakery's Geoff Ross and Jucy founder Tim Alpe.