A Helping Hand for Local Entrepreneurs

Gisborne Holdings Ltd has stepped up to be a sponsor of the inaugural Tairawhiti Impact Startup Weekend.

GHL Property Holdings business manager Rob Budd says the company jumped at the idea to be involved with an initiative to encourage sustainable business in the region.

The concept is driven by a group of seven entrepreneurs who are passionate about supporting others on a similar path and is a joint venture with Techstars, a global network of entrepreneurs.

The weekend – being held April 27-29 – gets underway on the Friday night with open-mic 60-second pitches and small teams form around the best, most viable concepts. Saturday and Sunday focuses on taking the idea further with help from experienced mentors. The finale pitch night on Sunday will see teams demonstrate their product or service, get feedback from a panel of judges and – potentially – win prizes.

Key to the weekend is how businesses can create a positive impact in Tairawhiti.

“Impact is defined in the broadest of senses, including social, economic, environmental and cultural,” says GHL chief executive Matt Feisst. “We aren’t a tech company but we think it is good for Gisborne and we want to be involved in a space that encourages relationships and provides support.”

Activate Tairawhiti is the main sponsor for the event.