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Equality attracts top tech talent

Leading Australasian eCommerce provider eStar says businesses that practise diversity and equality have a huge competitive edge when it comes to employing top talent and maintaining a productive and engaged workforce. As New Zealand’s fastest growing sector and third largest exporter, tech employs five percent of the workforce and has the highest paid employees than…

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​Govt opens innovative new school in Christchurch

The Haeata Community Campus in Christchurch has officially been opened by Prime Minister Bill English and Minister of Education Hekia Parata. The school is expected to be an example of what the ‘future of education’ can look like with its flexible learning spaces and a flexible style of teaching. More than 900 students have already…

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New Zealand leading AI

Soul Machines, based out of Auckland, are leading the world in humanising Artificial Intelligence innovation. The company has just unveiled their first virtual assistant, an emotionally intelligent virtual agent. With financial backing out of Hong Kong, this technology promises to deliver big things across a range of different industries while putting New Zealand technology on…

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Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur? Do What You Know.

Everyone wishes they started Facebook, but not everyone would have found the same success as Mark Zuckerberg. One of the reasons he was able to scale Facebook to having more than a billion active users is because he had a passion for programming and coding. He knew the ins and out of the technology behind…

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Ākina Foundation’s Investment Readiness Grant

Ākina Foundation’s Investment Readiness Grant is a New Zealand first, providing social enterprises and mission-driven organisations with grants of $5-10k for support from professional services to secure investment. We are now seeking expressions of interest for our first funding round. Grant funding might be used for legal support, financial modelling, funding strategy, design for videos…

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Our data, our way

Improving data-sharing across government is fundamental to many of the outcomes the Better for Business programme is working on. The Data Futures Partnership has been created to help lead the development of a data-use system that will create value for business and all New Zealanders by making better use of our data. The partnership is…

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R9 Rev Up and Team Selection

R9 Accelerator 3+ began with the R9 Rev Up in the last weekend of January. Entrepreneurs from the private sector and government staff had the chance to meet potential team mates, deep dive into the accelerator Opportunities, and get a taste of what participating in R9 Accelerator 3+ would be like. More than 100 entrepreneurs…

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The Startup Weekend Experience

Photo Credit: Erica Austin Startup weekend will be one of the best, stressful, creative and fun weekends you will have. When I first heard about it I was pretty skeptical, it sounded like a casual pizza evening with other entrepreneurs. I could have not been more wrong. First of all, you can join without having…

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Laundromap Launches New On-Demand Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service in Auckland

Laundromap – dry cleaning and laundry to and from your door. Laundromap, a new on-demand laundry, and dry cleaning announced today it will be launching in Auckland – it’s the first location on the roadmap with plans to enter other major cities throughout Australasia over the next 18 months. As one of New Zealand’s newest…

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LookSee Wellington,the world-first global talent attraction programme

Are you on the hunt for tech talent?  We’ve got just the ticket. LookSee Wellington is a world-first global talent attraction programme, which is aiming to offer top tech talent the ultimate career trip. In May 2017, we want to bring 100 lucky candidates from around the world to Wellington (flights and accommodation paid for),…

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Understanding Millennials in the city’s workplaces

Millennials have undeservedly earned a bad rep when it comes to workplace behaviour, say TRA‘s Colleen Ryan and Antonia Mann. How did this passionate and thoughtful generation get tarred with the lazy and entitled brush? Recent surveys have fuelled negative and controversial headlines, but are more noteworthy for being out of tune with what matters to Millennials…

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My F.C., the world’s first fully digital football platform wins BNZ Start-Up Alley

My F.C., the world’s first fully digital football platform claimed first prize, winning $15,000 and a trip to San Francisco. Designed to remove pain points founders Sam Jenkins, Mike Simpson and Sam Jasper experienced as football players, coaches, managers and fans themselves, the platform links the management of teams, clubs, leagues and national bodies with…

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5 Types of Startup Investors To Avoid

Entrepreneurs rely on investors for funding, support and guidance. Naturally, this type of business relationship can bring out the best or the worst in different types of investors. Startup communities around the world depend on trusted, altruistic investors who are well-aligned with their founders — here are a few investor profiles you don’t want to be…

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Never Stop Innovating In Business or Your Love Life

Are you having an affair with your business? As entrepreneurs, we have a special connection with what we do for a living. We find significance, growth and fulfillment. When we use our businesses to feed our emotional needs, we sometimes become addicts. As the addiction grows, we cannot leave work behind and we spend more…

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LIC Innovation Farm to host Farming2020 during Techweek17

Drones, robotic technologies, and automated on-farm sensors – they’re all on display near Hamilton, as LIC’s Innovation Farm plays host to the agricultural showcase ‘Farming2020’. Farming 2020 is among the signature events included as part of an inaugural three-day event, Techweek17, which takes place from Tuesday 9 May. Wayne McNee, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) chief…

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Christchurch App SMISH Unites Foodie Community

SMISH is a community food sharing mobile app for food lovers. The app allows those who love cooking to share and sell their food creation, and those who simply love wonderful food to explore food in their local community. Childhood friends and creators of the app, Allen and Daniel, launched the app this year and…

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Turning plastic into concrete

Innovation comes in many forms and Auckland-based company Enviroplaz have developed a way to turn plastic into concrete. Not only is this a way to stop plastic from reaching our oceans, rivers or landfills, but the potential cost savings benefits that companies could achieve are outstanding. Founding Director Peter Barrow estimates that companies could save…

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Digitech to play a big health role

A special event at Parliament next week will mark the 15th anniversary of the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) cluster as digital technology gains momentum in the health sector.  The NZHIT group was formed in February 2002 in a major push to start digitising all things health. To mark the 15th anniversary, NZHIT chief executive…

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Digital transformation an appetite for risk

Digital transformation is taking hold of the world – and with it an appetite for security and privacy risk, a digital expert says.  Hayley Carthy, chair of the DX conference in Auckland next month, says New Zealand is tracking strongly as it transforms to the digital world.  “New Zealand has some great success stories in finance,…

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What’s so great about co-working?

Working alongside other companies’ employees in an open office may sound like a recipe for distraction for some, but for many small start-ups, freelancers and small companies it can be surprisingly beneficial. “A business can come in, set up their laptop and start going. We have really streamlined processes so people can focus on their…

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TEDxScottBase viewing party at EPIC

On Sunday 22nd January, TEDxChristchurch hosted sold-out viewing party of the TEDxScottBase broadcast along with over 60 other viewing parties around the world. TEDxScottBase hosted international voices in science, art, entrepreneurship and more came together, in the most remote location on Earth, to broadcast their ideas to the world. For more information visit: http://www.tedxscottbase.com/ Photos…

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Christchurch startup Banqer moving up in the world

Banqer, Christchurch based startup designed to teach Kiwi kids financial literacy is making its big next step into Australia. Setting up a Sydney base, the company hopes to make a mark in the financial wellbeing of Australian children. This is just one of many Christchurch based companies who are growing and achieving success in other…

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Technology at the heart of lifting govt services

Technology is at the heart of improving productivity of government services and the second annual NZTech Advance Government and Technology Summit in Wellington on February 28 will play a landmark role in helping New Zealand become a stronger digital nation, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.  The summit is a high-level event that will host…

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Welcome to the world of driverless vehicles

The future of transportation has landed at Christchurch International Airport – a future in which drivers and steering wheels are redundant. The airport this morning launched the fully autonomous (driverless) electric shuttle bus it will be trialling on private roads around the airport campus over the coming months. The shuttle can carry up to 15…

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Scanner that can detect brain bleeds to be introduced in New Zealand

This portable handheld device known as an infrascanner can tell in minutes whether a patient has a brain bleed. Using the same technology as your television remote, a new portable device is about to land in New Zealand that can detect brain bleeds instantly. The device, called an “infrascanner”, has been approved for use on…

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MBIE ANNOUNCE NON-DEVOLVED PRESEED FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE

Applications are now open for the Non-Devolved PreSeed Accelerator Fund (PreSeed), a Government initiative that aims to supports the commercialisation of publicly-funded research. The PreSeed Fund is designed to support research organisations in progressing early stage commercialisation of new ideas towards a point of investor-readiness, enabling a greater economic return on New Zealand’s science system….

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