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Marketing updates for Kiwi tech companies.

  Read Concentrate’s February newsletter for the latest on marketing bots and other cool MarTech, how Kiwi tech companies compare to US tech companies when it comes to lead generation, and more. https://hubs.ly/H0gyMhs0

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Event submissions are now open for Techweek19!

Our new website is now live and event submissions are open for Techweek19! Techweek19 will be running from 20-26 May this year, and is the world’s only nationwide festival of innovation — showcasing New Zealand as a place where leading solutions to some of the biggest global challenges are born. Techweek events vary from major conferences…

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Summer Sprint @Ara: Demo Evening

Ministry of Awesome’s Summer Sprint @Ara is a week-long startup accelerator programme for Ara Institute of Canterbury’s student entrepreneurs. The programme will assist students in developing their business concept through to market readiness. In this hands-on and interactive programme, student entrepreneurs will be surrounded by the best and brightest minds from the business world and the…

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New Zealand’s tech community picks their top trends to look out for in 2019

By IDEALOG, 01 Feb 2019 As part of  Idealog spotlight on the year ahead, they reached out to a few key players in the tech industry, such as Paymark, The Icehouse, Callaghan Innovation, Soul Machines, Fintech NZ and Method, to see what trends and categories they think will be dominating the tech sector in 2019 and why. Here are their…

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The Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge is now open

Sign in to see how your for school, kura and code club can get involved. Most students participate in the 123Tech Challenge as a classroom activity, however you can also enter through your local Code Club (check out codeclub.nz for more information). How to get involved

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Applications open now for Lightning Lab Tourism

This year the nationwide business accelerator will be run right here – out of Christchurch International Airport. Up to 10 ventures will be accepted onto the programme to help build a sustainable tourism industry in New Zealand. For more information, or to apply for Lightning Lab Tourism visit: www.lightninglab.co.nz/tourism/ Lightning Lab Lightning Lab is New…

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GGJNext – The Jam – early March 2019!

Find out how you can become involved https://ggjnext.org/jam

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Global Game Jam® – Christchurch 2019 January 25 @ 8:00 AM – January 27 @ 5:00 PM

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves…

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Startup Breakfast Club: Financial Health

Ministry of Awesome’s Startup 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.  At this month’s Breakfast Club, we’re going to talk about business models, financial goals and metrics, key accounting principles, and the phases of business growth relative to…

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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…