Aspiring entrepreneurs to descend on Dunedin for 3-day start-up frenzy

Entrepreneurs, investors and innovators of every description will be pressing the flesh and doing the deals at Dunedin’s annual 54-hour Startup Weekend, 27 to 29 March.

The three-day non-profit event, held at Otago Polytechnic, will bring together entrepreneurial software developers, marketers and designers, plus many others hoping to fast-track the next big Kiwi business.

“This is an opportunity to launch a start-up business in 54 hours, with the support of experienced mentors and a chance to pitch to judges and investors at the end of the weekend,” says business development advisor at Enterprise Dunedin, Chanel O’Brien.

Jason Beck, lead organiser of the event says the event is appropriate for entrepreneurs of all experience levels, established and dilettante alike.

“The beauty of the Startup Weekend model is that it is low commitment and high impact. If you have ever considered entrepreneurship, but didn’t know where to start, Startup Weekends are a fantastic first step. Whether you are a full-time student or a stay-at-home mum, most people can spare a weekend.”

Knowledgeable minds from all over the country will be on hand to provide advice and support, including PledgeMe’s Anna Guenther, Geoff Brash from SLI Systems and RentLogics’ Jose Ganga.

The event is sponsored by the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, Datacom, Timely and Polson Higgs.

To sign up, visit the official site.