Kāpiti Startup Weekend 2020

11 , 12 & 13th September 2020

Greatest Startup Weekend Ever.

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Why Startup Weekend

A weekend for you to test your startup idea, business plan, and teamwork while meeting cool people and eating delicious food!

The Details

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! 



Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. 

Supportive & Hands on!

Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups 

What is a Startup Weekend ?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

What Kāpiti Startup Weekend Participants Say

What happens at Startup Weekend Kāpiti

Hands on!

Startup Weekend is an experience – so don’t sit on the sidelines during the weekend. Pitch an idea, learn a new skill, talk to as many people as possible, and step out of your comfort zone. It’ll be the best thing you do that weekend!

Startup Weekend Kapiti

Judges for Kāpiti Startup Weekend.

Katherine Corich

Founder and Chair, Sysdoc

New Zealand-born, former Kāpiti College student, London-based businesswoman and philanthropist Katherine Corich has had a string of accolades to her name.

The founder of the global international business consultancy Sysdoc

She’s been named the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year, UK New Zealander of the Year, and Sysdoc, has twice been named as one of the 30 Top Employers for Working Families by Working Families UK in London.

Katherine is a visionary leader with contagious entrepreneurial energy, leads Sysdoc performance-based philanthropy, offering expertise, time and seed funding, to deliver projects where they can make a significant and sustainable difference globally.

Katherine serves on the boards of the Liverpool Mayoral Development Corporation, WIL Europe and is Chair of global charity Happy Child International. She is on the international advisory board for the University of Canterbury and is also an advisor/ambassador for the university’s earthquake database. She also qualified as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Andy Prow

CEO & Co-Founder of RedShield Security

RedShield is a globally expanding cyber-security company, and is not only the winner of two NZ HiTech Awards in 2017, and the iSANZ InfoSec Company of the Year 2016 but most importantly was winner of Kapiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year in 2013 (then named Aura RedEye).

Personally, Andy is the winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Services Business category, having grown Aura InfoSec to NZ’s leading “ethical hacking” company which he sold in 2015, to RedShield which today has high profile customers all over the globe and protects over 39 million peoples’ data and privacy every minute of every day.

It’s a story of a husband and wife team (with Diane his wife of 25 years and business partner of 19), starting a company on the Kapiti Coast, and now using cyber-space to reach their global market. The journey includes many sleepless nights, hundreds of thousands of air-miles, some great mistakes and most importantly some epic wins.

Nick Harley

Director of Marketing, Raygun

Nick is Director of Marketing at Raygun – A Wellington based company selling products that help software teams detect and diagnose issues in their code.

Having spent the last 15 years in and around startup businesses, including several of his own, he is no stranger to the successes and failures that come with building upon an idea from the ground up.

Joining at its infancy, Raygun is now one of New Zealand’s fastest growing tech companies, recently announcing plans to invest $15M and create 70+ new jobs in the Wellington region to support their rapid growth.

Between the company HQ on Courtenay Place and Seattle offices, the company supports thousands of customers over 100 countries, including Coca-Cola, Dominos Pizza, Samsung and Microsoft.

Originally from the UK, Nick now calls the beautiful Kapiti Coast home with his partner and two daughters.

Nick Harley - Raygun

Poppy Norton

CEO & Co-Founder, Collaborate

Poppy has recently been appointed as CEO for Collaborate, a social enterprise that she, and three other young women founded in early 2015. Collaborate is a platform that democratises volunteering, by connecting people to volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests. Poppy leads the volunteer-powered team of 18 young people around the country. 

Poppy’s kaupapa is to empower and upskill young people across New Zealand, which she brings to her own team, providing mentoring and training. Prior to stepping into the CEO role, Poppy was the Digital Marketing Strategist and Community Outreach Lead, and she still plays a large role in this space.

During the day, Poppy is a Student Liaison Officer for Victoria University of Wellington, which sees her travelling the country to recruit new students and assist them with their transition into the University.

Poppy has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Educational Psychology.

Both roles have a large focus on empowering young adults to discover and achieve their full potential. She has a great amount of experience volunteering in the community and brings this knowledge and passion to her role in Collaborate. Poppy’s leadership and passion has been recognised and was a recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership award, 2016, was named one a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Women of Influence Awards and has been awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Award 2018.

Over $8,000 in Prizes for Kāpiti Startup Weekend.


You are not in this alone. Ongoing Support and Guidance from Kāpiti Business Mentors Valued at over $2,000


You not in it alone, The winning team will receive ongoing mentorship and support from Kāpiti Business Mentors to the Value of $2,000
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Succeeding in today’s digital world is a challenge that can’t be left to chance. Marketing and Strategy support from Leverage Valued at over $2,000

Marketing Strategy

Leveraging design thinking, business strategy, smart technology and bleeding edge marketing techniques. Leverage will consult with you to produce cunning strategy to drive your startup.
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Sales Training

Winning or losing a deal can be game-. Lift your game with NZTE's Essential Selling Valued at $3,300

Sales Training

The winning team will have one seat at the ever popular NZTE Sales Essentials training program. Valued at over $3,300.00
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There is more to Accounting than just doing your books. The winning team will receive accounting support from TCL Accounting Valued at over $1,000

Accounting Support

There is more to Accounting than just doing your books. The winning team will receive accounting support from TCL Accounting Valued at over $1,000
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Event Schedule

Day 1:

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.

Day 2 and 3:

Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision.


On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes.

5:30 pm
Registration Opens
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (12am midnight)
8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Check in
Teams 1 minute update

12:00 pm
Grab some lunch and mingle with other teams

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

4:00 pm
Pitch practice
Mentors give teams a first run through and feedback on their pitches.

6:30 pm
Time for dinner and we are bringing in one of the fabulous food trucks from Kapiti

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, ask for help (if you need it)

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow (12am midnight)

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee. Waffles and healthy smoothies!

10:00 am
Pitch practice
Second pitch practice for teams, chance to polish your presentations.

12:00 pm
Grab a sandwich to power through the next few hours of excitement!

12:30 pm
Check in
1 minute updates from teams

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Pitches begin
Each team gets 5 mins to pitch their startup weekend idea

6:30 pm
Time to relax and celebrate your achievements!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Awards are presented to every team who participated, and we get to see who is crowned the winner of Kapiti Startup Weekend 2018!

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home!
Thank your team mates, swap numbers to keep in touch, and think about joining the organising crew next year!

9:00 pm
Crew cleanup
The crew will be undertaking clean up of the venue, ready for classes on Monday. Time for all participants to go home!

Key Partners

Thank you to our partners with out their support and encouragement Kāpiti Startup Weekend would not be possible.

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