Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekend is in it's 4th year in Taranaki. The three previous events have been hugely successful and have contributed significantly to the development of Taranaki’s startup and innovation ecosystem. This years event will be a themed Startup Weekend meaning it will be the first ever
Taranaki Tourism Startup Weekend

A picture-perfect mountain, beautiful beaches, rich history and heritage, vibrant art scene, local produce markets, world-famous festivals, a perfect combination of culture and nature. All year round, Taranaki has it all. We know it because we live here, but we want to bring the rest of the world here so they can experience it too. With $400M in international and domestic visitor expenditure last year, Tourism is a fast-growing industry in the region with strong, and very real, opportunities for local businesses to develop products and services around. In this Startup Weekend edition, we encourage you to share your knowledge and skills to build products and launch startup businesses that enhance the way people explore, discover and experience Taranaki.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that every year brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all fields to share ideas & skills, form teams, build products and launch startup businesses. This year, we are bringing the first-ever Tourism themed Startup Weekend to Taranaki.

Startup Weekend events follow the same format: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea for a product or business. Feedback is received from fellow attendees and the top ideas are determined by popular vote. Teams are formed around the ideas attendees want to develop. Each team embarks on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, design and market validation, supported by business and startup mentors. The weekend culminates with presentations by each team in front of a judging panel of local entrepreneur leaders who provide critical feedback and pick a winning startup.

By joining a Startup Weekend, you'll grow your ideas, skills and knowledge, gaining invaluable experience.

Startup Weekends follow a well proven format...


Pitch an Idea

After dinner and networking participants with a Startup idea have 60 seconds to pitch the idea.


Build a Team

Cross-functional teams are formed to work on the most popular ideas over the weekend. 


Learn From the Best

An amazing team of local and national mentors come in throughout the event to coach teams through the hard problems.


Work Hard

Build a product, find customers, work on finances! There is resources and support to help teams quickly form, validate and build their business ideas.


Present to a Panel of Judges

The culmination of the weekend! Each team has five minutes to present their product or service to an audience and a panel of experts.


Celebrate & Have Fun

After presentations it's time to celebrate with new friends and team mates! Startup Weekend is about experiencing what it is like to be in a Startup but it is also about connecting and having fun.