Don’t be shy enter the New Zealand Innovators Awards

Celebrating Kiwi Business Innovation & Commercialisation…

Don’t be shy enter the New Zealand Innovators Awards tell us about your innovation success or nominate someone that you think deserves to win!

“As last years winner, I really encourage you to enter! The entry process is great, and the support from the Innovation Council has been fantastic from point of entry, awards evening, media, and it’s still going…

“This is the premier event for Innovation in NZ, support it and get involved! It’ll do wonders for your business and/or ideas! Good luck…” Iain Hosie, Revolution Fibres.

There are 8 Innovation in Industry Awards and 6 Innovation & Business Excellence Awards, plus 3 People Choice Awards to win! All entries are encouraged; whether you are at research stage, pre-commercial or a fully fledged commercial business you may enter.

Enter and receive;
• A VIP invitation to the awards cocktail evening held in October 2013
•  A chance to win one of 14 crystal trophies and $5,000 worth of IP advice
• Valuable feedback about your innovation entry from our expert evaluation team
• A heap of media coverage, TV, radio and magazine (including TVNZ’s Seven Sharp, Idealog magazine and NZ Marketing magazine)
• A chance to be voted winner of the Idealog Peoples Choice awards
..and much, much more.

Don’t miss out..entries close 20 August 2013.


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Let’s Talk Crowdfunding Auckland! – bring clients

“We’re hosting our second international Let’s Talk Crowdfunding event in wonderful Auckland, New Zealand!

Thanks to our friends at The Edge for hosting us, join Pozible’s Anna Whitelaw and Biz Dojo’s Phil Williams, along with Sarah Larnach, whose Pozible project raised over $6600, 265% of her initial funding goal. This is your chance to learn more about how crowdfunding can help you and New Zealand’s creative industries.”

Full event for Pozible link is over here

Pozible Crowdfunding

Spaces are strictly limited, so please rsvp at

Kiwi Landing Pad – SF

If you or any of your advisee companies is heading to do business in San Francisco or Silicon Valley the Kiwi Landing pad is the best place to be.

“Kiwi Landing Pad was established to help selected New Zealand tech companies establish and grow their business in the USA.
Supported by prominent tech investors and the New Zealand Government our organisation offers serviced office facilities in the heart of SOMA, home to many of the world’s leading tech and internet organisations.
Kiwi Landing Pad was established to help selected New Zealand tech companies establish and grow their business in the USA.
Landing Pad tenants gain the benefits of an established office facility and access to a wealth of experience and networks in the US business and investment community.”
Who is there already? – check out residents VendHQ, Mako and Xero to name 3 .
The actual physical street address isLevel 1,
880 Harrison Street
San Francisco
CA 94107
Here is a programme that might help you or a company you know.

What could a month in San Francisco do for your business / idea ?

Kiwi Landing Pad (KLP) and Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) have collaborated to provide the opportunity for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to spend 4 weeks based in San Francisco immersed in presentations and networking with the startup community of Silicon Valley.

Participants will be flown to San Francisco, where they’ll have access to the The Kiwi Landing Pad facilities and meeting rooms, as well as tailored sessions on how to successfully enter the U.S. market, get funding, find a partner, or otherwise get their business to the next level.

Who is it for?

– Entrepreneurs looking to expand their business to the U.S.
– Tech companies looking to accelerate their business plans for funding / customers / distributors in the USA
– Entrepreneurs with a bright idea they want to get off the ground that needs market validation / research in the USA.

How do I apply?

It’s pretty simple first, you need to:

Click here to download the application form.

Feel free to add videos, graphics, or any additional materials you feel your need to get your message across.

Once finished, send your application to:

NZ projects get Booster Seat for Silicon Valley

Do you have a NZ start-up that would benefit from a month in Silicon valley / SF ?

Booster Seat is for you – you are up for

  • Return flights for 2 people to San Francisco;
  • Accommodation in San Francisco for 30 days; and
  • Up to 2 desks at the new kiwi run, SOMA district office space “The Landing Pad” to work from during your stay.

The total prize is limited to NZD$10,000, so depending on how schmancy you are with your accommodation, you might have some spending money left over too

NB. This competition is not restricted to web startups. You might have a growing business that wants to enter the USA market or just a great idea that you want to make fly. If the idea is good and the passion is clear then you’re in the running.

Entries close on August 14th 2011 full details on the booster seat site.

There are other competitions in the US such as DEMO and various Launchpad events organised by O’Reilly that would be great to work into the timetable if you win.

I wrote about some of these at “is R & D Spend a useful Measure of innovation?

Being on the ground in Silicon Valley is the very best kind of R & D – big wave to Nicole Fougere & Rich Chetwynd for funding this competition.

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Scott Gilmour at TEDxAKL ’09

Last year at TEDxAuckland Scott Gilmour presented on the I have a dream project that he has been

I have a dream aims to inspire the whole school and related community by helping a whole class

Scott was one of the founding members of this group. The full video of his presentation is over here on the TEDxAuckland website. Or below (if you can see the embedded video.)

TEDxAuckland 2010 is on again Sunday 26th September 2010 from 10:00AM (Registration from 8.30 AM) at Westlake Boys High School Campus, North Shore City, Auckland. Tickets are $100 from Ticketek (no essay this year) Go here to buy online.

Speakers haven’t been announced but you can be sure they will all be world class. Don’t wait too long to get yours as tickets are going fast.