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Wellington to the World (W2W)

Posted by Unlimited Potential on 09/11/08 •  1 Comment
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Wellington to the World (W2W)

UP brings you Wellington to the World (W2W). Showcasing Wellington’s ICT UpStarts to the World with a live DEMO style mini-conference, business matchmaking and global webcast courtesy of KEA and NZTE.

Programme:

3.45pm – Tea and Coffee
4.00pm – Town and Gown: ICT commercialisation opportunities presented by Victoria University researchers
5.00pm – Drinks and networking with Angel investors and local I.T. entrepreneur community
5.30pm – Innovation Launchpad – 7 minute pitches from local technology ventures
6.30pm – Beer, pizza and more networking

Four of Wellington’s newest technology entrepreneurs will launch themselves on the world stage this Friday at the inaugural Wellington to the World (W2W) event.

W2W, an initiative of Wellington-based ICT professionals’ network Unlimited Potential supported by international ex-pat association KEA, is being held on Friday 7 November at the Wellington Town Hall.

The free event, MC’d by technology blogger and Unlimited magazine columnist Ben Kepes, will provide networking opportunities with local angel investors and business pitches from the four ICT entrepreneurs that will be videocast to a global web audience of innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors with the assistance of KEA and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

To kick off the event, Victoria University staff will present on the commercialisation opportunities of emerging ICT technology and projects underway at the university and its commercial arm, VicLink.

This will be followed by business pitches by the four ICT companies iPredict, Fingertapps, Futrix, and Aptimize Ltd. The companies were selected through an audition process in which applicants were asked to submit a short business summary detailing their business/product/service before being interviewed by a panel of business mentors and technology advisors from Unlimited Potential, KEA and partner organisations.

“We were looking for fresh talent and new opportunities for companies and individuals who do not already have a wide public profile. Of the 11 companies which applied, these four best illustrated novel technology opportunities and a readiness to go global,” says Paul Spence, project manager for the event.

iPredict is a Victoria University spin-off venture that predicts market outcomes through a web-based trading system. According to Matt Burgess of iPredict, prediction markets have enormous potential in corporate and government environments in answering questions on revenue and cost forecasting, predicting regulatory and legal outcomes, policy analysis, improving the hit rate in the innovation process, and obtaining market intelligence. It is expected Burgess’ presentation will also include an intriguing forecast for Saturday’s general election outcome using iPredict.

Fingertapps is an exciting new software framework for developing multi-touch screen and gestural user interfaces. It has already been successfully employed in both consumer devices and in-store interactive marketing settings.

Futrix offers a web-based business intelligence tool that drills down into corporate business data and provides “snappy reporting for over-worked executives”.

Aptimize’s Runtime Page Optimizer is a product that helps companies improve their website functionality by doubling speed and halving traffic costs. It was recently endorsed by Google and Microsoft.

Additional information, including presenter profiles, can be found here.

Date: Sunday 9th November 2008
Time: 3:45 am to 7:00 am
Location: Wellington Town Hall
Gallery: click here
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Note: This is an 18+ event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

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Wellington to the World (W2W) proved itself to be a cracker send off for Unlimited Potential’s final event of the year and a good start to the ‘networking silly season’ that is Christmas.

The free event, MC’d by technology blogger and Unlimited magazine columnist Ben Kepes, provided networking opportunities with local angel investors and business pitches from four ICT entrepreneurs – selected through an intense application and interview process.

Around 75 people turned up to the event and were treated to insights into commercial opportunities emerging from ICT research from Victoria University and got a sneak peak at four companies who we will no doubt be seeing a lot more of in the future.

iPredict, Fingertapps, Futrix, and Aptimize Ltd all gave stunning presentations delivering business pitches to not only those there in person but those in cyber space via a web video. These presentations are now winging their way overseas through YouTube and the KEA and NZTE networks.

All participants had a chance to hobnob with Wellington’s ICT and investor elite – and Aptimize managed to get a few column inches in the Dominion Post’s InfoTech pages with its technology editor singing the start-up’s praises.

By all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves and we’ve already had one company report they have been approached by a venture capital company looking for a deal.

Plans are afoot to make this an annual event…watch this space. For now, check out the photos and the W2W YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/UPW2W

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