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Taranaki Tourism Start Up Weekend


  • manifold coworking space 21 Devon Street West New Plymouth, Taranaki, 4310 New Zealand (map)

A picture-perfect mountain, beautiful beaches, rich history and heritage, vibrant art scene, local produce markets, world-famous festivals, a perfect combination of culture and nature. All year round, Taranaki has it all. We know it because we live here, but we want to bring the rest of the world here so they can experience it too. With $400M in international and domestic visitor expenditure last year, Tourism is a fast-growing industry in the region with strong, and very real, opportunities for local businesses to develop products and services around. In this Startup Weekend edition, we encourage you to share your knowledge and skills to build products and launch startup businesses that enhance the way people explore, discover and experience Taranaki.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that every year brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all fields to share ideas & skills, form teams, build products and launch startup businesses. This year, we are bringing the first-ever Tourism themed Startup Weekend to Taranaki.

Startup Weekend events follow the same format: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea for a product or business. Feedback is received from fellow attendees and the top ideas are determined by popular vote. Teams are formed around the ideas attendees want to develop. Each team embarks on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, design and market validation, supported by business and startup mentors. The weekend culminates with presentations by each team in front of a judging panel of local entrepreneur leaders who provide critical feedback and pick a winning startup.

By joining a Startup Weekend, you'll grow your ideas, skills and knowledge, gaining invaluable experience.

Earlier Event: November 23
Trashformers Beach Clean Up
Later Event: November 24
Waitoriki & Inglewood Crop Swap