Auckland’s inaugural Lightning Lab cohort was made up of 9 teams, 26 individuals, and 12 lab techs from all over New Zealand.
The programme received the support of more than 100 mentors over the 12 week duration, who worked alongside the teams to help develop their ideas into investible companies with global potential. Mentors from 2015 included Miles Valentine, Andy Lark, Claudia Batten, and Ben Kepes.
Throughout the process teams had access to an amazing range of local and international speakers. With 10 international speakers, and 25 local speakers, there were a total 65 hours of speaker sessions.
After 12 weeks of hard startup slog, Lightning Lab 2015 showcased its 9 tech startups at their Demo Day on June 4th. The event attracted more than 200 NZ-based and international investors, as well as various media channels, mentors, alumni, and supporters from the entrepreneurial community. Over 400 attendees RSVP’d for the final Demo Day, filling the venue to capacity. As well as this, an extra 600 people viewed the demo day through live-streaming from 11 different countries. Investors expressed interest of up to $1.4M on the night of Demo Day.
Having now launched their companies, the 9 teams are now looking to work with investors to accelerate their growth further on the path to success.
– Amelia Gain, Preno
– Kevin Fraher, Justly
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