Seven startups are thriving in the 3-month Lightning Lab Manufacturing programme, the first accelerator for physical products in New Zealand. Demo Day is happening in collaboration with the C-PRIZE Den of Drones at our ‘Day of NZ Hardware Innovation‘ – register your interest in attending, or contact us directly. C-PRIZE registration is separate, you can sign up for that here.
Smart baby products
Bpod is a smart baby bottle which provides parents with more freedom over when and where baby feeds. The portable unit utilises proprietary algorithms to adapt to a baby’s needs, making feeding time easier and safer. After an extremely stressful situation which arose from trying to feed his baby on a train, Bpod founder Lawrence Bass decided the only way forward was to develop his own range of smart baby products. As well as being a father, Lawrence is a serial entrepreneur with a background in film and TV as well as online production experience.
Email: Lawrence Bass
Phone: 021 232 6209
Audio effects combining the best of the analog and digital worlds
Modern music exists in a heavily digitised environment, however most musicians still desire a warm and lush analog sound. Dogmatek’s effects pedals give guitarists and keyboardists a pure analog signal path, but with digital controls that provide all the convenience and functionality of a digital experience. Electronics and audio engineer Tim Prebble and band manager Matt McLeod make up team Dogmatek. Their innovative ‘hybrid’ designs appeal to professional and enthusiast alike and with links into the Black Seeds and Phoenix Foundation through their band manager and Dogmatek co-founder Matt, the ventures artistic pedigree is second to none.
Sustainable beehive frames
Ebee is developing innovative beehive products that provide an alternative to the plastic-based materials used by hobbyists and in the commercial industry. The designers and entrepreneurs behind the startup believe that hive hardware should be ecologically sound, as well as resilient, easy to use and cost-effective. The innovative natural materials they are developing for their frames combine the quality of wood with the strength and ease of plastic. Co-founder Jessica Rolingson-Purchase is an award winning industrial designer and beekeeper, and her co-founders, Rob Smith and Olly Townend, bring further design, marketing and commercialisation experience to the challenge.
The technical challenges that camera operators face around holding focus through a complex shot can lead to many takes or else artistic compromises. Kine6, and lead founder Sean Snyders, are taking motion capture technology developed for the giants of the film industry and adapting it to solve the problems of independent filmmakers and photographers. The Kine6 focus system gives filmmakers perfect focus every time, with the benefit of increased speed and reduced number of takes. This cost and competitive edge comes hand-in-hand with the capability to control complex transitions in focus with utter reliability — expanding the artistic options for both camera operator and director.
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Repurposing paper waste into notebooks
The Misprint Co. discovered that the paper recycling industry was missing an important element. Much of the paper that goes to recycling from universities and corporations has little or no actual printing on it. Co founders and graphic designers Jenny Buckler, Priscilla Loong and Kareena Harris, collect and repurpose this paper waste, turning it into notebooks. Every year in new Zealand, 785,200 tonnes of paper is used, and 504,100 tonnes of that is recycled. 10 litres of water is used for every A4 sheet recycled. By giving these pieces of paper a second life before they eventually go to be recycled, vast amounts of water and energy are saved. 74.5% of paper waste in New Zealand is produced by businesses, and The Misprint Co. have discovered that many firms are very enthusiastic about having their non-confidential waste paper repurposed as notebooks and re-used internally to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable business.
Surfboards are made from toxic materials which are hazardous to the shaper and the environment, have a short life expectancy as a surfboard, and then last forever in a landfill. By mashing up digital and traditional manufacturing techniques, successful industrial designers Jack Candlish and Claudia Pommer from Organic Dynamic make sustainably-produced wooden surfboards which are stronger, more durable and longer lasting than a typical foam board, and only leave a tiny footprint on the environment.
Rifle stocks for long-range hunters and competition shooters
Precision Platforms’ founders are avid long-range target and sports shooters who struggled for years to find a stock that would fit them. Bringing a raft of digital manufacturing and composites technologies into play to address the problem, they have developed a customisable and adaptable aftermarket solution for the amateur who is seeking Olympic levels of precision, but without the eye-watering cost of a full competition stock. Founders Clive Judd, Chris Dye, and Rocky Dew are all former NZ Defence Force soldiers and keen hunters, who are building on their network within the sports shooting and hunting communities to develop a game-changing product.
Are you an interested investor? Register your interest in attending our Demo Day on November 19th, or contact us directly, and gain first access to these exciting products. Registration for the C-PRIZE Den of Drones judging event is here.