Startup Weekends in New Zealand are made possible with the help of our national sponsors, Massey University and Microsoft BizSpark. A big thanks for their ongoing support.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are many reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend!


Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your Network

This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers.

Find a Co-Founder

We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a New Skill

Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Launch a Business

Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get Mentoring

Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Join a Global Community

Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

Solve Real Problems

By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies and enterprises that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.

Vaughan Rowsell


New Zealand has so much untapped potential in the tech space, Startup Weekend taps that potential and boy do the floodgates open. It’s seriously awesome.

Ken Erskine


I think Startup Weekend are of huge value to the startup community. They provide an excellent opportunity for people with ideas and capability to match up at an early stage to pull together the fundamentals of a new startup company.

Rod Snodgrass


I was amazed by all the great stuff and thought that the standard was even higher than last time.



Really valued the Mentor debriefs, learning about how others are coaching, facilitating etc. Enjoyed the bird’s eye view of all the teams – learn just as much is when I was a participant.



First time and nerves overcome by a very supportive mental team. Land that many people with shared passions deliver incredible results. Extremely well organised. Lots of personal learnings around process and team engagement.



Learnt a lot about the dynamic of teams and how to mentor a team. Very different to mentoring an individual person. Learned about Socratic enquiry; lots of practice asking good questions. Learning about the journey that people go through from start to finish. Learning the way teams get together over time.



It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from a great group of mentors. It was great to learn more about the lean campus in the start-up process. Very rewarding to see participants grow over the course of the weekend.



I came here looking to work with great people. I was incredibly impressed with the quality, intelligence, motivation and welcoming into the event. So thank you!!

Phil Cockfield


The impeccable way the space was maintained for mentors. The structure, depth and theoretical frame made mentoring so much of a learning opportunity. The emphasis on helping teams through process and interpersonal dynamics rather than through content or specific experience.

Sam Kidd


Great event as always. Still learning more and more about teams and helping them to look deeper into the process. Massive learnings as always for me and hanging and gain insight from the mentors is always so valuable. It is my business course.