Demo Days are a chance for each cohort to pitch to investors at the conclusion of their 12-week programme as an opportunity to secure capital and continue to grow their startups.
Lightning Lab programmes leverage seed capital as well as the expertise, experience and connections of the mentors to best prepare participating startups for investment. This reduces the risk to investors and startups by providing structure, startup methodologies and business skills so they can successfully prove and build their startups. This model has proved extremely successful, with the previous 3 Demo Days attracting over $8M of investment in total.
To get a feel for what to expect of a Demo Day, check out the highlights from the last Lightning Lab Demo Day in Auckland.
Lightning Lab Christchurch
Lightning Lab Christchurch’s Demo Day will be held on the 5th of November at the Jack Mann Auditorium, University of Canterbury.
Lightning Lab Christchurch’s digital cohort is made up of 10 hi-tech companies who will pitch on the day:
Address.cool Update your address and contact details quickly and elegantly
Bamtino Bespoke Looking for custom furniture? Let’s get it made
Conduce Schedule & setup CNC machines quickly, accurately and more consistently
Debtor Daddy Simpler, smarter credit control that lets you be the good guy
MightyGem Guest experience management solutions for hospitality businesses
MTech Games Using virtual reality technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities
Pensolve In one step make your spreadsheets readable and reviewable
Pocket Physio Helping you make injury recovery simple
Property Plot Quickly track, manage and optimise your property portfolio
SuchCrowd Derisking events by getting the crowd and funding first
Demo Day is the largest investor showcase of the year, this will be the first of its kind in the South Island. Priority will be given to the investment community and a number of tickets are available for community members, which includes other stakeholders and those in the startup community. The event will also be live streamed, which will be available for those who are unable to be there in person. Tickets are limited, please register today to secure your place.
Lightning Lab Manufacturing
Lightning Lab Manufacturing’s Demo Day will be held on the 19th of November in Lower Hutt, Wellington. The Lightning Lab Manufacturing cohort is made up of seven startup companies with physical products who will pitch on the day:
Bpod Smart baby products
Dogmatek Audio effects combining the best of the analog and digital worlds
Ebee Sustainable beehive frames
Kine6 Auto-focusing technology
The Misprint Co. Repurposing paper waste into notebooks
Organic Dynamic Sustainable surfboards
Precision Platforms Rifle stocks for long-range hunters and competition shooters
As space is limited, priority will be given to stakeholders and investors. A live stream will be available for anyone unable to attend. Click here to register.
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