We had no casualties and lots of fun on Thursday and Sharon Stewart is now satisfied that FKAngels and friends can sail. A full video will follow and surely stoke up the FOMO in all who didn't come out to play.
To be fair, you're also seeing James Pinner from NZVIF grinding hard. Co-investors play together and invest together!
Two days earlier, on Tuesday we had a very interesting pitch night. The full video from Freighthub will follow next week. Existing portfolio company Spoke gave an update for a follow-on round, co-investment call to follow, and expiring portfolio company StretchSense gave an update on what happened over recent months and a brief outlook for the future.
Kelly Tarltons was designed at a kitchen table more than 30 years ago. It was the beginnings of Marinescape that went on to design and build over 30 aquariums around the world. Marinescape has invented technology that is being used all over the world and there is no shortage of construction and engineering challenges in this industry. CEO Ian Mellsop will, for the FIRST TIME, give a talk about this successful business that has essentially been flying under the radar.
GridAKL Lysaght Building aka FKA HQ, Mon 21 Oct, 14:30-1600.
Velocity Wendy brought good speed to the sailing and she is bringing the Finals of the Velocity $100k Challenge on Wednesday, October 23, 18:15-20:30 at The University of Auckland, OGGB4, Level 0, OGGB, 12 Grafton Road.
Remember, Velocity has produced portfolio companies like StretchSense and Kami for FKA. It is a great programme that deserves great mentors and judges. Support it next year!
Pauli Sosa is the awesome community manager at GridAKL Lysaght Building. She is also resuscitating Startup Weekend with a strong team of organisers. This 54-hour entrepreneurial marathon is a great learning experience for aspiring founders and mentors with staying power.
Great to see GridAKL, ATEED, Startup Weekend junkies LoJo, AWS and ecentre among the sponsors. A great place to find co-founders!