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More than a moonshot: ZeroPoint Ventures co-founder Dan Khan shares lessons and learnings from the new 0.Sprint accelerator

Sprinting to success

More than a moonshot: ZeroPoint Ventures co-founder Dan Khan shares lessons and learnings from the new 0.Sprint accelerator

Kiwi accelerator company ZeroPoint Ventures – described by Silicon Valley heavyweight Bill Reichert as "a venture fund that is driven by proof, not just hope" – has completed its first 0.Sprint crash course. The course was week-long programme which incubated a cohort of ten ventures from around New Zealand, aiming to grow the varying start-up businesses and help them through some of the larger obstacles holding them back. We talk to co-founder Dan Khan about the change in ZeroPoint Venture's model to an in-person, week-long incubator, as well as how this shortened structure worked out for the companies.

Green Rush

In our new series covering the budding cannabis market, Idealog has reached out to companies who are poised to launch into what is predicted to be a billion-dollar market in New Zealand. Standing at the forefront is social enterprise Hikurangi Cannabis, but it won’t just be another marijuana plant: it plans to be a forestry of health, sustainability, local community and Kaupapa. We talk to Manu Caddie, managing director of Hikurangi Enterprises, (HEL) about his plans to enrich the community by restoring jobs and Maori values on New Zealand's East Coast.

Change is coming

The water bottle industry is one of the most flagrant users of plastic in the world, but aside from banning the industry altogether, the next step forward in combating this is difficult. However New Zealand made compostable and circular water bottle company, For The Better Good, may represent the next best alternative. Founder Jayden Klinac sat down to chat about his plant based alternative and how the company is turning waste into capital.

Idealog + Roam

In this digitally-saturated world, design forms the architecture of our daily lives. But its importance goes beyond aesthetics – it changes the profitability of companies. Here, digital product agency Roam tells Findlay Buchanan why great design can pay dividends.

The Echo of Amazon

Smart speakers and digitised helpers have been cited as this year’s big fish in New Zealand - and warring virtual assistants from Amazon's Alexa to Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Samsung Bixby and Microsoft Cortana are hot on the tech scene.