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Ramaroa Building

Queen Elizabeth Park, SH1 Mackays Crossing

Paraparaumu, Wellington 5032

New Zealand

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Kāpiti Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs

About this Event

Kapiti Startup Weekend : a 54-hour in-person event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to test your idea online and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


Date: 11th, 12th, 13th of September.

5.30 pm Friday, Doors open registration

5:00 pm Sunday, Final Pitch/Celebration night begins

Why Attend a Startup Weekend?

Not everyone can spare 3 months, but everyone can spare a weekend.

Many people want to try entrepreneurship, but can't find time around their study/work/family commitments. Startup Weekends are a high-impact/low-commitment vehicle for you to test your ideas and see if entrepreneurship is for you. Even if you aren't looking to start something new, this experience will equip you with entrepreneurial thinking, that you can bring into your existing work.

What Do I Get Out Of It?

  • You will get a taste of the startup world, and gain first-hand experience about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine).
  • You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a multi-million dollar startup, be it on this weekend or down the road.
  • You will get a chance to network and mingle with some of the top brass in the New Zealand entrepreneurship/investing communities - individuals that would otherwise be very hard to reach - and ask them questions to your heart's content.
  • You will greatly expand your network and build lasting relationships with the most innovative, creative and motivated people in Kāpiti. This could mean a new client, employer, business partner, new employee, investor or even a friend!
  • Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!).

How Does It Work?

We begin on Friday night with open-mic "elevator pitches", where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room! Teams then form around the most exciting ideas and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your Minimal Viable Product (MVP). The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their MVP to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. In the end, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks - a chance to network before saying goodbye!

Why Do I Have to Pay?

The price of your ticket almost covers the cost of your food and drinks; if you work out how much six meals + free beer + unlimited coffee will cost, you could more than break even just by showing up and eating! On top of all the grub, all participants get heaps of exclusive goodies including free domain names, web services and more. Not to mention free coaching and guidance from some of the best mentors around. All in all, its probably the best money you'll ever spend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most exciting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

You may need to bring a laptop or smartphone, depending on the idea you choose to work on.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

But I'm Not An Entrepreneur...

You don't have to be! At every Startup Weekend, participants come from all walks of life, ranging from students to educators, bankers to doctors, even retirees! Worried you don't have the skills? That is why we have experienced mentors here to guide you (and Startup Weekends are about learning anyway). Too young/old? We have had participants as young as 12 and as old as 70, so if you fall within 0-100 years old, you're sweet!

Get off that fence, join us, and get ready for the ride of your life.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Kāpiti Startup Weekend movement!

Refund Policy

Refund Policy: please reach out to your organising team for a refund at

No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event, as food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have a special exception, please let your event organizing team know.

Terms and Conditions

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning experience. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might start a company with, learn from mentors as well as learning from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.

As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible in the event of any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.

By participating in the event, you grant Techstars Startup Weekend permission to capture photos/videos of the event. You can find the full legal terms on our FAQ Page, but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

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