Meet the Mentors: Alan Bauchop

Alan is the Creative Director at Timely here in Dunedin. With nearly 20 years of professional design experience and a particular focus on communicating ideas to customers in a way that is intriguing, witty and delightful. Alan’s skills will be valuable to ensure your users and the judges are getting the right message throughout the weekend.


What are you looking forward to at SWDUD2016?

Seeing the ideas and energy of participants

What advice do you have for those attending?

Just nail the basics, empathise with the user and think about the core problem you’re solving. How compelling and succinct is the story you tell people about it? Most importantly, have fun.

What do you get up to outside work?

Hanging out with Mr 5. Drankin’. Mostly not at the same time.

What industry are most excited to follow over the next 5-10 years?


What is your favourite Startup right now?


What is a recent startup related book you’ve enjoyed?

The A16Z podcast 


Jump over to Timely to check out Alan’s work. You can read a little more about him and meet the rest of the Timely team who sponsor the event.

Meet the Mentors: Nate Martin

Nate Martin is the Creative Director at Moving Pixel/Showboat and is currently involved with 4 other Startups. Nate is a serial entrepreneur with an incredible amount of experience as a designer and as a creative director.


What are you looking forward to at SWDUD2016?

Watching the journey participants go through with the intent of delivering something by Sunday afternoon.

What advice do you have for those attending?

Get involved from the get go, don’t sit back…you’ll get more out of it that way….have FUN!

What do you get up to outside work?

Surfing, kickin it with the kids, or both

What industry are most excited to follow over the next 5-10 years?

Any industry (there will be many) that takes advantage of the Blockchain

What is your favourite Startup right now?

SuchCrowd (based here in Dunedin)

What is a recent startup related book you’ve enjoyed?

Disrupt you by Jay Samit

To take a closer look at everything Nate has been up to jump over to Linkedin and check his profile, it’s impressive!


Alumni Spotlight: Creating a business through sustainable business with Geia

For the third alumni spotlight, I caught up with Casey, SWDUD 2016 organiser and CEO at Geia. After facing some major hurdles at the beginning of 2015 Casey decided Startup Weekend would be a great place to get a different perspective.

Casey came away with a different perspective and a new idea with the same green values.

Geia is a social enterprise that aims to connect sustainable business with environmentally conscious customers.

How did you first hear about Startup Weekend?
I had a few ideas that I wanted to put to the test, and a friend suggested the Startup Weekend would be the place to do it.

What were you expecting when you stepped into the event on Friday?
I was hoping to meet like-minded people with a range of skills I could learn from, and I certainly did. In fact I have become good friends with a number of them and catch up regularly.

Did you end up pitching?
On the first night I pitched the concept of a green data center here in Dunedin to fit in with the Gigatown win. Since Dunedin would have the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere, it made sense to utilize it.

What idea did you work on over the weekend?
I recruited a team of 6 to work on the data center concept, but we rebooted on the first night to work on an idea called PlanitGreen. The concept was to identify the current environmental performance of a business via an online tool, and provide them with solutions to become more responsible whilst saving money.

What was the highlight of the weekend?
The highlight for me was definitely pitch night. It was amazing to see how close the different teams had become, and the amount of progress every idea made in such a short space of time.

And what was the hardest point?
I found preparing for the pitch night on Sunday to be the most challenging. There were so many things we could work on the further develop the concept, but such a limited amount of time. MVP sums it up quite well, being able to prioritize the ‘need to haves’ versus ‘the nice to haves’.

So what are you working on now 1 year on?
I am now working full time as the CEO of Geia Ltd, which is the evolved version of PlanitGreen.

How has the business progressed since starting?
We now have a multidisciplinary team including, strategic alliances, and have secured funding. Recently we launched our product to market and are on-boarding customers! Our product assesses business on their Co2 emissions, provides them with a tailored solution report, and places them on a leaderboard which promotes them to consumers.

What’s next for Geia?
We are now focusing on getting our product out into the market and into as many industries as possible. We will be putting our emphasis on letting the feedback we receive help sculpt the product whilst maintaining our ethos to aid businesses in becoming more transparent about their sustainability.

What drew you into the organising committee for SW this year?
Startups lead the way for innovation and ultimately accelerate positive change within large established companies, in order for them to stay relevant. Everyone has the potential to do incredible things and I want to be able to support entrepreneurs where I can. Besides that, it is fun!

Any words for people still on the fence about Startup Weekend?
The worst regret I can imagine is thinking ”What if?”. Give it a go!

And any advice for first-time participants?
Engage with everyone you can and don’t limit your networking to your group. This event will be filled with inspiring people, with a range of expertise.

Alumni Spotlight: Hatching the future of startup weekend Dunedin

For the second alumni spotlight, I had a chat with Phillipa from Hatch. After a small relaunch earlier this year and big plans for the coming year Hatch is one to watch in Dunedin.

Hatch is for the kids, it’s fun hands-on tech learning. Offering a range of programmes from 3D Design to Animation and Programming to fill in afterschool hours and holidays.

What is Hatch and how are you involved?

I have founded Hatch to create a space which empowers learners to be innovative and creative citizens who contribute to a positive future. The emphasis is on design thinking using 21st Century skills and technology. It is also a space designed to support teachers and schools helping youth to be digital creators rather than digital consumers. Enabling New Zealand to be at the forefront of innovative technological development.

What are your plans for hatch over the coming year?

Hatch is yet to officially open so, for the first year, I want to see a growing client base. I’m really excited about tapping into the talent in the youth of Dunedin. I have already found some fabulous young people who can offer a wide range of exciting learning opportunities, and I look forward to meeting more. Within the year, I would love to see some young entrepreneurs coming out of the Hatch space who have innovative ideas to solve problems in the local and global community.

What did you take away from Startup Weekend 2015 that has helped your business over the last year?

I was a newbie at the Startup Weekend in 2015 and didn’t know what to expect. I ended up with a team of awesome and experienced people who I have continued to keep in touch with. None of us are currently working on the business idea we developed that weekend but I know that, for myself, I have applied a lot of what I learned that weekend to setting my own business up. It was also great to connect with vibrant and passionate people from Dunedin’s business community. The experienced mentors at the weekend were open and supportive and you could tell they were all there because they believed in the start-up philosophy.

If people are sitting on the fence about attending this year, what would you say to them?

Go! The most you will lose is a bit of sleep! I took part in the weekend in the early stages of thinking about setting up my own business and I constantly referred back to the weekend as I went through the set-up process. The networking was great, the sense of community was awesome and the food on supply really hit the spot!