leadership creative hq

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?

Ever think about what it takes to be a great entrepreneurial leader and how best to develop and nourish your leadership mindset? In this downloadable guide, some of our favourite mentors, experts and startups share their experiences of leadership and give us some pointers.

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community creative hq

BUILDING COMMUNITY

It’s crucial for a startup to create the right community culture – in this downloadable guide, we talk to  mentors and startup founders about what community means to them and how to best engage, nourish and participate in your communities.

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success creative hq

DEFINING SUCCESS

In this downloadable guide, we talk to mentors and startup founders about what success means to them and how they define it, so we too, can better understand it.

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james swope

FAMILIAR FACES: JAMES SWOPE

James is Creative HQ’s ‘James of All Trades’ and he loves authenticity and amping people up. Find out his thoughts about how to engage a new accelerator cohort in this interview.

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ceara success

FAMILIAR FACES: CEARA MCAULIFFE-BICKERTON

Working both at Creative HQ and on her own startup – Collaborate, Ceara is passionate about social enterprises and she’s a bundle of motivational energy! Find out her thoughts about success and failure in this interview.

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success

SUCCESS, A GREATER SENSE OF PURPOSE: EXPERT JACKY LAVERTY

As our the Head of Venture Management, Jacky Laverty has over 20 years experience managing and mentoring businesses to success. She is an integral part of our startup founders’ journey to success – whatever success looks like for them.

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eduhack latin america

CONNECT WITH THE LANGUAGES AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA

Wondering how we can share the rich cultures of Latin America here in Aotearoa? Or how we show our youth that learning other languages can translate to rewarding career paths and the brightest futures? EduHack: Latin America is for you. 2-3 December 2017

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indigo & iris

ALUMNI UPDATE: INDIGO & IRIS

Indigo & Iris, a beauty brand with a social mindset. With 50% of their profits being donated to help end avoidable blindness, this is the first step for Indigo & Iris to make their stamp on the ethical beauty market. You can do your bit by backing them on Kickstarter now.

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sharesies alumni

ALUMNI UPDATE: SHARESIES

Sharesies is an investment platform that came through the very first Lightning Lab Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator programme early 2017. Their vision is to give someone with $50 the same investment opportunities as someone with $50,000.

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Kokiri

KŌKIRI APPLICATIONS OPEN, JOIN OUR WAKA

Kōkiri is a waka to a world where accelerating Māori entrepreneurs is an established and critical part of Aotearoa’s kaupapa and success. Applications for Kōkiri are open!

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USE YOUR VOICE – YOUTH VOTING

Young people are more mobilised, informed and vocal than ever – mostly thanks to the internet and, in particular, social media. While those under 18 can’t vote, we decided to ask young people to use their voice and participate in our youth voting survey.

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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 Head of Operations, 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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STARTUP GARAGE: STARTUP STORIES WITH SHANE REISER

PREVIOUS EVENT: Former COO and the first employee of Startup Weekend, Shane Reiser has built the operational infrastructure that took Startup Weekend from 50 to 200 annual events in over 100 countries, personally organized and facilitated over 100 events, wrote the global event playbook and trained over 100 facilitators around the world.

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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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NETWORKING + MEETUPS

These meetups are the perfect way to meet your fellow entrepreneurs, exchange ideas and stories and be inspired.

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pitching

PITCHING

How to win over the hearts and minds of investors through your pitch. 

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funding

GETTING FUNDED

Funding is a crucial part to any startup making it – in this downloadable guide, we’ll take you through the investment opportunities in NZ and how you might gain a funding round. 

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exponential technology

WHAT IS EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGY

Wondering what Exponential Technology is and how it effects you? We’ve written a free downloadable guide to give you the answers your company needs.

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STARTUP PROFILES: MISH GURU

Mish Guru turns Snapchat into a tool for businesses. The web application layers an interactive toolkit over the…

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INVESTORS

If you are an investor, get in touch with us. If you are looking for…

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CONTACT ENERGY

“Our company is more aligned and has the tools to apply Design Thinking to day-to-day tasks”.
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TRADEME

“The team at Creative HQ is really good at understanding the stresses and strains of building a new business and the ExO Builder programme has helped us focus on what our customers want”.
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INLAND REVENUE

“The experience has been really energizing in the fact that the team can now take a current function that they’re already doing and breathe new life into it. I’m looking forward to tracking our progress and experiencing how our teams will be able to increase engagement and better serve our customers because of this experience.”

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2SHAKES

“Being a startup is a bit like being in a life-boat out at sea looking for land.”

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THE MISPRINT CO

“We have gained a lot of support including mentorship and business development via CHQ.”.
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PARTIMER

“Without Venture Up, PartTimer simply wouldn’t exist.”.
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COHELIX

“Customers started using their platform in February 2017, six months after they started.”

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FUELLED

“Fuelled has secured an exclusive position in the Xero Financial Web in New Zealand, making them the only cash flow funding partner.”
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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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CHINA LOOKS TO WELLINGTON TO DISRUPT HOME MARKET

A collaboration between Wellington-based innovation hub, Creative HQ, and the Chengdu government is creating cross-border networks that could promote the capital as a global provider of innovation services.

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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 ACCELERATOR 2.0 DEMO DAY

On June 2, seven teams pitched their solutions, which have the potential to improve NZ government services and unleash the value of government-held data.

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BIG WINS, FAST FAILS, INSPIRING MOMENTS WITH FEMALE FOUNDERS

With Lightning Lab XX Demo Day right around the corner, we spoke with four of the nine female led teams to get an insider perspective on the 4-month mentorship-driven business acceleration programme. Little Yellow Bird, Patternsnap, Music Ecademy and Sipreme shared their big wins, fast fails, most inspiring moments and touched on what’s next for their ventures post Demo Day.

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BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FUNDING WELCOMED

The Government’s announcement of continued early stage business funding reflects the success of business accelerator programmes, says Wellington startup hub Creative HQ.

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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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1ST ASSEMBLY: THE NEW HOME FOR NZ HARDWARE STARTUPS

Creative HQ is excited to announce the opening of 1st Assembly at 125 High Street, Lower Hutt, a space for hardware-focussed Hutt startups to work and collaborate. The residency also comes with the support needed to build the startups’ networks, shared knowledge, resilience and high growth potential.

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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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STARTUP SUCCESS: NEW FACES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN NEW ZEALAND

“I was drawn to entrepreneurship for many of the same reasons I was drawn to engineering – I thoroughly enjoy problem solving. Working for a startup means that you have a much great opportunity and freedom to have genuine impact in helping to solve that problem.”

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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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CITY SMARTS WITH NEC

Tim Packer, Head of Smart City Solutions at NEC, will be sharing how they are leading the national and international smart city movement right here in Welly.

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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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LIGHTNING LAB ALUMNI CRACK Y COMBINATOR

New Zealand startup “Glass Jar”, whose app helps make group payments easier has been accepted into Y Combinator, a leading seed investment accelerator based in Silicon Valley.

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10 THINGS I LEARNT AT LEAN SAN FRANCISCO

There is just no substitute for hearing from the experts and talking to them after their presentations. At Lean Startup 2014 in San Francisco last week there was no shortage of LEAN experts.

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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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LIGHTNING LAB UNDER THE CARE OF CALLAGHAN INNOVATION

The Lightning Lab business accelerator programme is being moved under the care of Callaghan Innovation to provide a single access-point for high-tech businesses looking for help with R&D, innovation and commercialisation support services.

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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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CREATIVE HQ’S NEW STARTUP MATRIX

Stefan Korn, CEO at CreativeHQ has new aspirations to transform the incubator into a leaner, faster machine as it seeks to help Kiwi innovators step-up into the commercial world.

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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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EVERYONE WINS AT STARTUP WEEKEND

The dust is settling after 54 hours of entrepreneurial fun, learning and more than a little madness with New Zealand’s first education themed Startup Weekend.

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LEAN STARTUP THINKING

LEAN STARTUP THINKING CAN HELP CORPORATES

Startups are known to challenge the norm and disrupt the status quo. They innovate quickly, questioning assumptions, tuning into the mindsets of consumers and rapidly iterating product concepts.

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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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STARTUP PROFILES: EIGHT WIRE

Jason Gleason, Business Director and Co-Founder, tells us how he helped create the world’s fastest cloud migration software with automatic error fixing.

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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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PERFECT STRANGERS

Ben Morreau says starting his mobile app business Roam Creative with fellow software developer Chris…

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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: CLOUD CANNON

Cloud Cannon simplifies the way web designers deploy, host and maintain websites. They allow complete control over their designs, while giving their own clients the ability to edit content freely.

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STARTUP PROFILE: FLOC

Floc forecasts foot traffic for retail operators to better manage their businesses and make the most of the crowds.

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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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How Lean Is Changing Business Leadership Strategies

HOW LEAN IS CHANGING BUSINESS LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES

Sonya is an experienced business professional with over 20 year’s expertise in strategic business development with a focus on marketing and communications. This includes deep brand and media experience across newspaper, television and the Internet.

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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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HOW APPLYING LEAN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES YIELD FASTER RESULTS

As a keen advocate for applying Lean product development strategies, Alan is a firm believer that you have to be able to put what you learn into practice and fast. Quick results are the crux of the lean startup business model, working with minimum resources to create maximum impact.

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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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BUILDING CREATIVE TEAMS WITH LEAN METHODO

BUILDING CREATIVE TEAMS WITH LEAN METHODOLOGY

Lean business methodologies are agile, striving to find the best solution as quickly as possible with minimum resources. It is essentially the minimal viable product. This kind of thinking disrupts traditional business models, making them question their methods and reconsider the needs of their users and consumers.

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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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