Events for Startups


As Techweek fast approaches, we caught up with Kiwi Landing Pad Community Director Sian Simpson on what events she’s looking forward to this year. Sian spends most of her time growing New Zealand’s technology and startup community, helping them to scale and expand globally; she knows growth is not just about startup specific events, but also about getting beyond your sphere of influence and comfort.

"Often we gravitate towards exactly what we know," Sian says. "I think it’s more interesting to draw insights and inspiration from various industries, people, backgrounds and places that you can then apply to your business or skill set. You can be more well rounded - and if you're the best in your industry, why not be the best everywhere?"

The events Sian is excited about are certainly broad, with something for everyone. From the practical, to the introductory and inclusive, to truly inspirational, she has considered all the things that are required to grow environments for teams and global businesses to thrive. Have a look below:


Techweek TV : The power of incubators and accelerators for start-ups

20 May — 12:00pm - 12:25pm Free

Are incubators and accelerators right for your Startup? We look at their roles, benefits and how to get involved in Aotearoa.


Techweek TV : The essentials for start-ups

24 May — 10:00am - 10:25am Free

Three companies tell us how they are disrupting and reinventing how they operate to fit the needs of the growing start-up scene in Aotearoa.

Sling & Stone presents: Media training for founders

Biz Dojo Ponsonby, Auckland
21 May — 2:00pm - 4:00pm Free

A specially designed session to teach startup and small business founders how to confidently manage and perform well in media interviews.


Techweek TV : Rocket Lab - Making space more accessible

24 May — 4:30pm - 4:55pm Free

Rocket Lab is redefining how we access space - join the conversation


Hi-Tech Awards

Spark Arena, Auckland
24 May — 6:00pm - 12:00am Paid

The NZ Hi-Tech Awards celebrate the international achievements of New Zealand tech companies and highest achieving individuals.

Meet the VC’s

Generator Britomart, Auckland
22 May — 5:00pm - 7:00pm Free

Investors from Australia, Singapore & USA introduce themselves to interesting NZ companies with international growth potential.

UK Tech Opportunities Panel Discussion

MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland
23 May — 12:30pm - 2:30pm Free

Come and find out why the UK remains the top European hub for global tech investors!

LevelTwo Deep Tech Walkthrough

Level Two, Auckland
20 May — 6:00pm - 8:30pm Paid

Peek behind the curtain of the space that has created some of New Zealand’s biggest deep tech success stories.

Building Inclusive Tech Teams

Xero HQ, Auckland
21 May — 6:00pm - 8:00pm Free

Diversity and Inclusion - we have talked about it, now what? Join us for a panel discussion around future of gender, culture, accessibility in context of technology and team building.


Techweek Launch: Good for the World

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland
20 May — 7:00am - 10:30am Free

Techweek19 starts here! Join the live keynote and panel discussions from the industry leaders in the CleanTech and CreativeTech sectors.


ON : Creating tomorrow, today.

Victory Convention Centre, Auckland
20 May — 8:30am - 3:15pm Free

Welcome to ON, a full-day conference filled with entrepreneurs, tech-focused panels, interactive expos and tech-prizes to be won by all.

Live Local, Work Global Tech Expo

Claudelands, Waikato
20 May — 11:00am - 4:00pm Free

Local businesses with a global footprint plus organisations and initiatives to inspire and support others to do the same.

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