What do the likes of Science Game Jams, 3-D printed historical artifacts and a Calming Stone have in common? No - they’re not features of J.J Abrams new Sci-Fi film, they're some of the innovative brain children created up by this summer’s Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp attendees.
The Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp helps young entrepreneurs to build a business over one summer, by using skills and networks available within Victoria University and the wider Wellington business scene.
At The BizDojo you're surrounded by collaboration, activation and some pretty awesome ideas. These Bootcampers embody all of the above as they enter into their final month of the Bootcamp, where - as part of their journey - they're set up to work out of The BizDojo Wellington a few days a week.
It's a mutually beneficial arrangement. Our Bizdojo residents come from a wide pool of talents and expertise and work as great mentors for the Bootcampers who have specialised questions or concerns about their project. The Bootcampers are in turn enthusiastic and passionate about what they’re doing, bringing energy and collaborative vibes into the space.
One of the hard decisions to make while in the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp is whether your heart is really in what you’ve started, and that's a question The Compass Events team dealt with by pivoting midway through the camp. They are now harnessing their backgrounds in hospitality by creating an event management service with a twist. They create their own events then bring these directly to potential venues, also providing a range of services to help ensure the event is a success. Compass Events work as the in-the-know third party who can ensure your event space is getting it’s full use by matching their event to your event space.
The moment Ramon starts talking about The Calming Stone, you can tell how passionate he is about helping people manage their stress and anxiety. The Calming Stone is a hand-held device which focuses on giving the user a tangible sensory experience. Ramon sees this product as a much needed alternative to the currently used calming apps, medication and supplements. The Calming Stone gives control back to the user and teaches them coping techniques so they can positively manage their stress and anxiety levels.
Michael and Jarrod see there is a serious gap in the market regarding New Zealand’s 6th largest export industry - international education. New Zealand Study works as a virtual travel agency to connect international students with New Zealand education providers. A virtual agency will make it easier for international students to find placement in New Zealand. The forward thinking duo have seen how Expedia revolutionised the travel industry and they believe New Zealand Study can do the same for international education.
Breakfast can be a pain-point for many workers, parents and students. We’re always being told it’s the most important meal of the day - yet we never have time for it. Jar & Co provide a solution with their ready to eat, nutritious jars of homemade breakfast cereals. They plan to source ingredients as locally as possible and these convenient breakfast options will be available to grab on the go from local food and health stores.
2012 saw 3-D printers burst on the scene and since then they have been used for a myriad of tasks - as well as becoming a bit of a gimmick or buzzword. The Archea team are using 3-D printing for very practical reasons as they are printing and scanning historical artifacts. By making 3-D copies of these artifacts they are able to preserve the originals and make the artifacts more accessible worldwide as they are hosted in a virtual museum.
From factory owners having to turn their machines on at 4am to the injured or elderly needing lights turned on without needing to get out of bed, Slick (Switch with a click) is the answer to remotely activating switches. Slick is a small device that is easily installed next to an existing switch which can be controlled from a remote or an app on your phone or computer. When Slick is engaged it will flick your switch on or off and can be set to a timer. The team behind Slick see this product as a cost effective, non-intrusive solution to a simple task that can prove very difficult for some.
Understanding user-centric design is a vital skill for any developer, marketer or even manager. The passionate team at L.UX Wellington want to upskill Wellington’s tech industry by providing a curriculum that will ensure attendees of their workshops and seminars will be able to design products that users will find a pleasure to use.
For some children, science can be a hard concept to grasp and engage with, but it’s a very important subject to understand the basics of. Science Game Jam will host an event for game developers, teachers and scientists to collaborate and connect over creating fun educational science games. The games produced through the event will help children and parents to play together and generate enthusiasm about science.
Propelled by the industrial revolution, mass production has seen a glut of faceless products entering our landfills and a landscapes. The team behind Timber & Taonga want a solution to this overconsumption. They aim to provide a market for local makers and artisans to showcase their one of a kind pieces crafted and up-cycled from local resources. Timber & Taonga will enable the creators and crafters to not only connect with their customers but to share the history and story behind their pieces.
Caitlin is the Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator for BizDojo Wellington. Find out more about BizDojo Wellington here.