james fuller

FAMILIAR FACES: JAMES FULLER

James Fuller is one of Creative HQ’s Senior Innovation Specialists, he delivers many of our workshops, has a great sense of humour and also has a startup hustle on the side! Find out what he thinks about innovation and leadership in this interview.

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collect alumni

ALUMNI UPDATE: COLLECT

The Collect team is passionate about delivering the world’s best-integrated marketing tools for retailers. We caught up with the lads recently to find out what they’ve been up to.

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preno alumni update

ALUMNI UPDATE: PRENO

We asked Amelia, Prenos’ CEO and co-founder, a few questions to see how everything is going 2 years on from participating in Lightning Lab Auckland.

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FAMILIAR FACES: AMELIA DEVINE

As part of our new series, Familiar Faces, we’ve interviewed our inspiring Resource Manager, Amelia Devine. Not only does she keep us in line, but she’s got a lot going on outside of CHQ as well – read on to see what gets her up in the morning.

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July: Month of the New

JULY: THE MONTH OF THE NEW

Over the course of July, we’ll be posting a series of articles that talk about what’s New across the Creative HQ world. We’ll be celebrating Alumni successes, talking about new technologies (and why you should care), new ways of working (and what this means for your company) and more.

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Lean Startup Methodology

WHAT IS LEAN STARTUP METHODOLOGY?

The Lean Startup methodology provides best practice to innovate at speed in the face of dynamic market forces and external disruption. Coined by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries, Lean Startup methodology is all about maximizing impact with minimal resources at extreme pace.

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CREATIVE HQ EXPANDING TO REGIONAL NZ

Businesses in the South Island will get a leg-up thanks to the expansion of Callaghan Innovation’s Founder Incubators.

Creative HQ will be bringing their innovation services to regions in the South Island, including Otago and Southland. Work will start on 1 July with the first coaching programmes being run soon after.

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TAKING INNOVATION TO CHENGDU

China – a country where fatal recurring avian flu strains have forced the government to impose heavy restrictions on live chicken markets. A country where fake and expired meat scandals have eroded consumer confidence. And a country with deep set traditions around consuming only the freshest meat available.

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VENTURE UP ON THE ROAD

We’re very excited to announce that Venture Up will be running again in 2017!

To celebrate, the Venture Up team are taking a taster of the programme to 11 different locations around New Zealand between July 26 and August 12.

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R9 GOVTECH ACCELERATOR: WEEK 5+ 6

Week 5 and 6 are critical times in the programme where participants start feeling the pressure. The focus lies heavily on product market fit; testing the market with customers to validate their solutions. Team dynamics start to get strained – It’s a challenging time for everybody in the cohort.

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS FROM VENTURE UP 2016

38 of New Zealand’s brightest young entrepreneurs brought their A game to the capital last week, pitching the 8 businesses they have spent the last 6 weeks building, validating and pivoting with the support of Wellington’s startup ecosystem.

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LIGHTNING LAB MANUFACTURING DEMO DAY HIGHLIGHTS

Last Thursday, seven of the latest top New Zealand startups took to the stage to pitch to an auditorium of investors at Lightning Lab Manufacturing’s inaugural Demo Day. Lightning Lab Manufacturing is the first start-up accelerator in New Zealand for companies with physical products, and the first vertical to deviate away from Lightning Lab’s traditionally digital programme.

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NZ HARDWARE INNOVATORS PREPARE FOR PITCHES

Months of late nights, intensive mentoring and product testing will come to a head in Lower Hutt on November 19 in a double-header start-up ‘Day of Hardware Innovation’, as participants in Lightning Lab Manufacturing and Callaghan Innovation’s C-PRIZE UAV challenge come together to pitch their products to a room full of potential investors.

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STARTUP PROGRAMMES AND INCUBATORS FOR NZ ENTREPRENEURS

Over ten years ago Creative HQ was set up as a startup incubator to serve the needs of emerging startups and budding nz entrepreneurs. Today our ‘Global Growth’ founder-focused incubation programme sits amongst a full suite of other business innovation workshops, accelerators and events, offering participating startups access to New Zealand’s growing and thriving entrepreneurial community.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST FEMALE FOUNDER ACCELERATOR

With far fewer women in startups than men and extensive data pointing to diverse teams performing better and generating higher returns, the programme aims to provide the right environment for female founders to thrive through the challenge of starting a company, while being supported by a diverse lineup of world-class role models, coaches and mentors.

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LIGHTNING LAB MANUFACTURING

What’s better than developing products from your mum’s basement? Developing products in New Zealand’s most prestigious accelerator, with access to initial funding, expert mentors, and potential investors!

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THE TINDER OF HOSPO DEALS

Wellingtonians Danesh Abeyratne, Connor Finlayson and Josh Brake have developed what they hope will be the Tinder of the hospitality industry, to introduce people to the bargain of their dreams.

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THE 60 DAY STARTUP

Wellington start-up base Creative HQ has partnered with Australian incubator Pollenizer to roll out the 60-Day Startup, a flexible online course that enables users to work on their startup ideas from anywhere in New Zealand.

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public sector innovation

PUBLIC SECTOR INNOVATION

We often think of government agencies as being the opposite of agile. Whereas private-sector agencies seem able to turn on a dime and create innovative solutions, the public sector seems to be constrained by process, compliance and hyper-conservatism.

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MORE THAN SHEEP, TREES AND HONEY BEES

New Zealand’s made a name for itself by having a lot of sheep, a decent rugby team, and a claim on pavlova. But four Silicon Valley investors see more to Aotearoa than sugary whipped eggs and are touring the country to meet Kiwi entrepreneurs.

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NZ CASTING AGENCY HITS THREE MILLION USERS WORLDWIDE

Ten years ago, Trade Me software developer Cameron Mehlhopt started an online casting service for amateurs and newbies trying to get into the entertainment industry, after his actress sister-in-law couldn’t find a job. A decade later, Wellington-based StarNow has a pool of three million members as far away as London, New York, Los Angeles (and Auckland), 18 million hits a month and 29 staff.

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BOLT! WINS BATTLE OF THE ROBOTS

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov laid down the law of robotics which govern how to deal with the existence of robots. His last law – a robot may not harm humanity, or by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm, still resonates well today.

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WHAT IS LIGHTNING LAB?

This is a programme that focuses on start-ups and aims to give them the best beginning possible. Turning ideas into reality with seed capital, mentorship and absolute focus on an idea, the programme gives new businesses a helping hand.

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STARTUP PROFILE: GLASSJAR

Even the grottiest, mouldiest, most ant-and-rodent infested student flats have one. The responsible one. The ‘flat accountant’: the flatmate who keeps the landlord out of your hair and off your faintly urine-and-beer smelling doorstep with their careful management of the rent and finances.

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NOURISHING A THRIVING STARTUP ECOSYSTEM IN NZ

Moving from a primary sector, commodity-reliant economy to an innovation-fuelled growth economy isn’t going to happen quickly. However, the drivers behind the two seemingly polar economic foundations are actually not that far apart.

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FROM JUNKIE TO COLLECTOR

A loyalty programme venture’s change of tack to retail ecosystem partner – supported by a growing investment base – is paying off in the form of a customer pool that spans 200 stores in 19 countries.

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IRIS TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT HUNTERS

Over the last decade a hunter on average has been killed every year, often by a member of their own hunting party, due to hunters not following this basic rule.

In a bid to reduce those deadly statistics, two keen hunters have come up with a concept that could revolutionise hunting safety worldwide.

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LIGHTNING LAB VENTURES SEEK $3 MILLION

The $3 million in total offers is “just an indication of the amount of interest generated”, he says. However, Creative HQ anticipates five of the 10 teams in this year’s programme will get the funding they asked for on Demo Day, he says.

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DEMO DAY BAGS FUNDS FOR HALF OF STARTUPS

Half the digital startups who pitched for early stage investment through the Lightning Lab Demo Day are likely to receive funding.

The Demo Day held in Wellington late last month generated $3 million in offers of seed investment funding.

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NZ ANGELS TOLD TO BROADEN PORTFOLIOS

New Zealand angel investors are backing too few start-ups and should broaden their portfolios if they want to improve their chance of a return, according to Angel Association chairman Marcel van den Assum.

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STARTUP PROFILE: GLASSJAR

A software platform aiming to revolutionise the pesky task of managing shared expenses, Glassjar is the application everyone needs. Targeted initially at shared accommodation, the tool allows complete transparency of finances, automatically highlighting spending trends and current debts on a dashboard.

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STARTUP PROFILE: TWINGL

Online educational tool Twingl enables students and teachers to build a cloud-based portfolio of resources by collating all their online information in one place. Mapping these pathways is a critical step in capturing knowledge in group environments.

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STARTUP PROFILE: KEEN

KEEN is a smartphone app reintegrating social interaction from the digital confines of a screen back into real-life. Users create spontaneous activities, anything from grabbing a coffee to climbing a tree, which then connect with like-minded users through the use of hash tags and a unique “keen” or “nah” response at the click of a button.

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LIGHTNING LAB TEAMS SET TO COURT INVESTORS

Last year’s Lightning Lab Demo Day was the largest gathering of angel investors at a pitch event in New Zealand and the organisers say with more than 100 registered for the event next week, the second Demo Day may be larger.

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LEAN 15: BUSINESS INNOVATION STRATEGIES

The concept of Lean, offered by Eric Ries of Silicon Valley, was initially designed to cater to the needs of startups, offering speedy innovation, lots of testing, and quick elimination of bad ideas in the process of business and product development.

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LEAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EDUCATION

Chris is having a transformational effect on the future of education through his work with The Mind Lab by Unitec, starting the critical conversation about education and executing the disruption of traditional practice. The programmes that he has developed are grounded in lean innovation thinking, which is in essence, the minimal viable product.

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BUSINESS CONCEPTS OF THE FUTURE USING THE LEAN APPROACH CONCEPTS

Nick will be examining the global mega-trends we face today, and the impact and opportunities these create for New Zealand. He sees the vast potential these opportunities present, which when combined with lean startup methodologies and motivated companies, corporates or government, are a very possible reality.

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LEAN MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES FOR CUSTOMER DATA

A potentially more familiar way to describe lean business and the lean startup model is that of the minimal viable product – maximum impact using minimal resources. The lean model strives for through rapid innovation in product development for startups, and like so many good things, was conceived in Silicon Valley.

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LEAN INNOVATION THINKING FOR STARTUPS AND CORPORATES

Lean thinking was originally a business model for startups, being small and flexible teams. Now the lean business model is being adopted by corporates and governments, to produce new and innovative solutions to traditional business through a disruptive and energising process.

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