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What lies inside Rocket Lab’s secret US military contracts?

Author Ollie Neas | Guest writer- The Spinoff Rocket Lab is a celebrated New Zealand success story, with a stated mission to open access to space and improve life on Earth. Yet many of its key contracts are with the US military and their suppliers. Ollie Neas reports on the dark side of a local business hero….

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Winners of Future City Activators Hackathon Secure Funding from Christchurch City Council

  Wai Watch were the winners of our recent Future City Activator hackathon with their solution to curb Christchurch’s extraordinarily high residential water usage.  After many months of working closely with Christchurch City Council’s Innovation and Sustainability Committee, we are so pleased to be able to congratulate the Wai Watch team for securing funding for their first pilot…

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AWS Startup Day coming soon!

DATE AND TIME Wed 12 December 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM LOCATION Ministry of Awesome, Kahukura Building, Ara Institute Campus, Madras Street, Christchurch 8011 View Map Come and learn from the Amazon Web Services NZ team about how Startups thrive and grow on AWS.  They’ll be in town on Wednesday, 12 December and hosted by Canterbury…

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Astrolab launches $20million runway for tech startups

Astrolab is making a special appearance at  Coffee and Jam on Tuesday, 4 December to announce their new startup high-tech fund to Christchurch and Canterbury innovators.  If this sounds like you and your team and you believe in your tech, get down to Coffee and Jam at 1230 on Tuesday, 4 December to hear from…

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The new Christchurch style: Old boys out, entrepreneurs in

The earthquakes have changed the culture in genteel Christchurch. Now it’s more about how you can contribute than who you went to school with, writes Steven Moe. I grew up in Christchurch, but not the one that exists today. I lived in the non-Ōtautahi version – the pre-earthquakes mini-England you wouldn’t recognise if you came…

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Working together to apply AI for social good

Google.org is issuing an open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use AI to help address societal challenges. Selected organizations will receive support from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more. At Google, we believe that…

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Practical Tools for Active Startups – Intensive Online Marketing Workshop

DATE AND TIME Fri 23 November 2018, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM LOCATION GreenHouse, 146a Lichfield Street, Christchurch, Canterbury 8011 As a follow-up to our recent Practical Tools for Active Startups – Online Marketing session with Sam Frost, we are pleased to present this strictly limited hands-on workshop with Sam. This session is suitable as a follow-up for those who…

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Launch Club: Success metrics, legal foundations and next steps Workshop

  Launch Club is Ministry of Awesome‘s Startup Activation programme tailored for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to spend focused time developing their venture and defining their pathway to success. The programme is heavily interactive with each workshop led by sector experts on key business topics. Having a grip on your success metrics is key to running…

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Startup Breakfast Club: Jumpstart Your Startup in 2019

  The Breakfast Club is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you’ll find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support to power your venture forward. As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the hard-work, successes (and perhaps failures) that saw you through the last 12 months, and…

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Tech Activator Sessions #37

Ministry of Awesome’s Tech Activator Sessions are made up of 20-minute mentoring sessions where tech entrepreneurs of all sizes and stages talk through their tech startup, venture or idea and get focused feedback from our Startup Activation Coordinator and a veteran panel of tech experts. This is your opportunity to use their expertise and networks to…

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Brother-sister duo build crypto investment platform

Source bizEDGE Sara Barker A brother and sister team is behind one of New Zealand’s newest cryptocurrency exchange platforms designed for everyday investors. Alan and Janine Grainger, who are seasoned cryptocurrency investors, came up with the concept after discovering that friends and family were also interested but they simply didn’t know where to begin. “We…

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Get ready for the biggest tax changes in a generation

Source bizEDGE Sara Barker The biggest tax changes in a generation are coming, and they will affect almost every business household and business across the country. Inland Revenue is about to ramp up a major public information and awareness and campaign to explain the changes, ahead of the April 2019 tax year. “For the first…

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The social enterprise sector comes of age

  From businesses doing good to charities running businesses and everything in between, social enterprise as an industry is growing up and holding its first national conference. In 1942 the New Zealand poet Allen Curnow wrote: “Simply by sailing in a new direction, you could enlarge the world.” He was talking about the first European explorers…

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Innovation Ecosystem Breakfast – 2 November 7-9 am

The 2nd annual Christchurch and Canterbury Innovation Ecosystem Breakfast  is now scheduled for 2 November, 7-9AM, at MoA’s new location in the Kahukura Building off Moorhouse Ave.  Please make sure you grab yourself a registration now via the Eventbrite page which is located here. What’s the secret to high-growth startup success? If you’re deep in the…

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Connect with Unreal Engine on Sunday 21st October in New Zealand

  Following up on recent stops in Melbourne and Adelaide, Epic Games is excited to announce that developers in both New Zealand and Australia can connect with us next week during special events designed to equip devs with tools to get started and grow in UE4: David Stelzer, Epic’s US-based Unreal Engine licensing manager; Chris Murphy,…

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SLI-Systems celebrates with a “carnival”

Yesterday the staff held a carnival. A gazebo was erected and festooned with lights, stuffed animals and confectionery galore. If you had a sweet tooth it was your dream come true. With a candy floss machine ably manned by Wayne producing pink and blue candy floss we remember from our childhood, a popcorn machine was…

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Remote working: The ticket to happier and healthier employees?

Businesses that allow employees to work remotely also reap the benefits of increased employee productivity, happiness and health, according to a new survey commissioned by LogMeIn. It found that many New Zealanders and Australians are opting to work remotely, and the concept of a standard eight-hour shift is on the decline. The survey polled 1000…

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Cyber criminals using lookalike online shopping domains to phish buyers

Machine identity protection provider Venafi has released research on the explosion of lookalike domains, which are routinely used to steal sensitive data from online shoppers. Venafi’s research analysed suspicious domains targeting the top 20 retailers in five key markets: the US, UK, France, Germany and Australia. As the rate of online shopping increases, customers are being…

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NZTech’s Graeme Muller on the R&D tax incentive

  NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller has stated that the new research and development tax incentive introduced today by the government will ‘go a long way to helping inject even more growth into the tech sector’. His full statement follows: “Given the aim of introducing an R&D tax incentive was to support a broader range…

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Launch Club: Startup Activation Programme

Commencing 25 October Dates/Time and Where Thu, 25/10/2018, 5:30 PM – Thu, 29/11/2018, 7:30 PM – Where? Kahukara Building, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch Launch Club is Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activation programme tailored for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to spend focused time developing their venture and defining their pathway to success. The programme will include: Six 2-hour…

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Christchurch Antarctic Ignite talk – by ‘Changemakers’

If you love everything Antarctica you’ll love our launch event for Antarctic Season Opening: THE CHRISTCHURCH ANTARCTIC IGNITE TALK by ‘Changemakers’ DATE AND TIME Thu. 27 September 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Add to Calendar LOCATION La Vida conference Centre, 34A Hansons Lane,Upper Riccarton,Christchurch View Map It’s FREE, so head on down to Upper…

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Start-up key issues (includes structures for social enterprises, governance, key documents and other common questions…) in Podcasts

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds/id1281908185?mt=2&i=1000419480861     Seeds is a Christchurch podcast telling good stories with dozens of interviews featuring entrepreneurs, start-ups, tech leaders, academics, social enterprises and charities on their journeys, what they do and why…..   www.seeds.libsyn.com

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Ministry of Awesome – This week’s Startup Breakfast Club-

Friday 21 September- 7.00am Ministry of Awesome’s STARTUP BREAKFAST CLUB powered by MYOB is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you will find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support you need to power your startup business forward. At this month’s Breakfast Club, we’ll explore Growth Hacking with our panel of experienced growth…

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Makeover of 2 Meeting Rooms at EPIC

We have had a makeover on two of our meeting rooms known as Room C and Room D, and now known as Room C (Lazoplod) and  Room D (Colonel Jack) . Each room has been freshly painted, had a window installed fitted with a blind, a 49 inch TV Screen with Chrome Cast and new…

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Tickets for TEDxYouth@AvonRiver 2018 go on sale tonight at 7pm!

      Like TEDxChristchurch, TEDxYouth@AvonRiver is independently organised and produced by volunteers; however, these volunteers are youth, producing an event specifically for youth. If you missed out on TEDxChristchurch tickets (or even if you didn’t, you lucky duck!) and you’re 25 or younger, this TEDxYouth@AvonRiver event is for you! Tickets will be released tonight at 7pm at this…

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The search for New Zealand’s most innovative and promising food and beverage start-up is underway.

Does your new food or beverage product have what it takes to fly off supermarket shelves? If the answer is “YES!” – then this is the competition that will change your life. If you win: 1. Your product will be stocked on New World supermarket shelves across the South Island AND 2. You’ll get a…

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Kiwi kids and parents work together to create a safer internet

hough parents may sometimes feel the internet is a dangerous and unknown place for their children, the reality is that the Internet is an integral part of New Zealand kids’ lives. Kiwi kids spend up to 33 hours a week online outside of school, using the internet as an encyclopedia, a movie cinema, a games…

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Artificial intelligence: Marketing’s new best friend?

  SARA BARKERSEPTEMBER 07, 2018 Could artificial intelligence (AI) be marketing’s new best friend? According to sentiment at this week’s AIMCON event in Auckland, AI could bring enormous value to marketing as an enabler that helps people, not one that takes away their jobs. AIMCON brought together marketers with the aim of inspiring people to…

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Technology workshops at 3 Christchurch Schools!

  I LOVE Christchurch! Just ran Technology workshops at 3 Christchurch Schools! Received this incredible email from the Principal of Diamond Harbour: “The session was very different to what some of the girls had expected. They were surprised to find that instead of ‘just going to hear someone speak’ the facts and information was interspersed…

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Immigration changes bring welcome booster to NZ’s regional businesses

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 29, 2018 (bizEdge NZ) Recent changes to immigration settings for international students mean there are now many more opportunities for New Zealand businesses to reach for the global stage. That’s according to ChristchurchNZ, which believes that businesses in Christchurch and other regional centres can now harness international student talent. This month the…