Ideas Forum 7×7 Announces the Second of its Monthly Event Series to Celebrate New Business Innovation in Wellington

Following a sellout re-launch event last month after an 8 year hiatus, Ideas Forum 7×7 has announced the second event of its free monthly speaker series on April 22nd to celebrate new business innovation across Wellington’s wide range of industries and backgrounds.

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The aim of 7×7 (which showcases 7 local change-makers with 7 minutes each to speak or perform) is to celebrate Wellington’s creativity, inspire new thinking, break down silos and trigger the network effect in order to connect attendees and presenters from a diverse range of sectors. The events will be held on a Friday evening once a month, with 77 tickets available per event. Tickets are allocated via a ballot system of interested ‘to be attendees’, to facilitate an industry agnostic guestlist as per the cross-collaborative 7×7 ethos.

SweeneyVesty founder Brian Sweeney and filmmaker Jan Bieringa launched the original 7×7 event in 2000, as an ideas forum focused on technology, entertainment and design. It ran until 2008 and has now returned to Wellington with its popular quick fire format – 7 speakers or performers from a wide range of industries, with a 7 minutes timeslot to present a new idea, insight or concept.

Crispstart founder Nick Gerritsen instigated the return of the 7×7 format in 2016, reaching out to Sweeney to secure the license, and is working with sponsors Jeves Inc, Creative HQ, Tuia Innovation, the Ministry for Environment, Tuatara, San Fran and WREDA to deliver the events on a monthly basis. The re-launch lineup included an electronic loop artist, an investment banker, a student architecture team and tickets sold out in 2 days, prompting the move from first-in-first-serve ticketing, to drawing from a ballot for all future events.

Gerritsen is excited to see the event move from its pilot 2016 session into a more permanent monthly rotation, saying, “The overwhelmingly positive feedback from the first event shows the demand from Wellingtonians working on really interesting projects and wanting to connect and collaborate. 7×7 will enable them to break out of their regular circle of contacts, join the dots, foster collaboration and accelerate success for speakers and audience alike.”

After attending March re-launch event, Jeves Inc founder Jenny Sutton was moved to support 7×7 as the lead financial sponsor for the ongoing series. “7×7 is a thought provoker on many levels and hugely inspiring for those who attend, as well as the presenters”, says Sutton. “What drew me to back 7×7 is that it’s a fabulous blend of gritty and game-changing thought leadership, new and challenging entrepreneurial ideas and a display of innovative arts in action, all of which I whole heartedly support.”


The April 22nd Line Up :

Alice Brine, Comedian – 2016 Billy T Nominee and winner of Breakout Performer at The Wellington Comedy Awards

Natalie Sissons, Right2Freedom Recently launched a global movement to measure and treat ‘freedom’ as a new currency/ something of value

Mystery R9 Accelerator team – 1 of the 10 public/private sector teams currently working on making it easier for business to interact with the NZ Government in the R9 Accelerator, to be announced on the night

Beth Brash, Beervana and the beer industry – The future of beer and good tourism in Wellington. Does New Zealand have a food and beverage “culture”?

Vikram, Kotahi.Net – Founder of NZ’s first carrier grade IoT network

LittleYellowBird, Winner of BNZ Startup Alley 2016Empowering employees and enhancing corporate social responsibility through our range of ethically manufactured uniforms


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For more information on Ideas Forum 7×7, and to sign up to the ballot for future events please see here.