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 3rd year in Taranaki. The two previous events have been hugely successful and have contributed significantly to the development of Taranaki’s startup and innovation ecosystem. This years event is part of Global Startup Weekend 2017 meaning you could be one of over 15,000 global entrepreneurs keen to attend and compete in this awesome, life changing 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.