Our seven startups are consumed with practicing their pitches and finalising slides, as our Demo Day is next Thursday, 19 November! The event is happening with the C-PRIZE Den of Drones event for an unprecedented NZ Day of Hardware Innovation.
We still have a few investor spots available for the Demo Day component – register now and be the first to establish a relationship with these unique ventures:
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Discover the latest in UAV technology at the C-PRIZE Den of Drones:
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Colart Miles of Velox Innovation Joins Demo Day Lineup
Last week we revealed our keynote speaker to be the one-and-only Glenn Martin, inventor and entrepreneur behind the Martin Jetpack. Now we’re thrilled to announce that Colart Miles will emcee our Demo Day. Colart delivered an innovation fundamentals workshop on day two of the programme and has worked with the ventures on how best to tell their story. He is a seasoned innovation leader, project manager, and facilitator with extensive experience in a variety of industries in Europe, the US and NZ. Recent clients include Serato, NZME, Ooooby and Air New Zealand, and Colart’s company Velox Innovation is now working with Callaghan Innovation to help Kiwi companies rapidly innovate. He holds active roles within Startup Weekend New Zealand and has also mentored previous Lightning Lab cohorts.
Each week we profile the startups of Lightning Lab Manufacturing
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.
Bpod is a smart baby bottle that 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.
In the Lab
A number of exciting individuals visited the space this week: William Booth, Emma Clemence, and Craig Riddle (EY), Trevor Dickinson (Uber Geek / Investor), Paul Duggan (TechShop International), Mark Hargreaves (AJ Park) held a Pre-Demo Day Q&A, Rab Heath (OMG Tech) gave feedback on pitches, Brett Holland (Creative HQ) spoke with ventures about financials and outcomes, Susan Iorns (Venture Lighthouse), Colart Miles (Velox Innovation), Dave Moskovitz (SOTW), Laura Reitel (Creative HQ), Jenny Sutton (Mentor / Investor), a delegation from Lower Hutt’s sister city in China, and Phyo Thu and Jessica Saul helped teams with logos and graphics.
Thanks again to all our sponsors, partners and mentors who make this programme a success. We look forward to celebrating these past few months will you all on Thursday!