What happened during Startup Weekend 2019?

This year, teams developed businesses around community development, education, innovation, environmental conservation, sustainable fashion, financial investment, tourism and business development, all aligning with an array of 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).  

Attending the Horizon State get-together (June 29th at TheBasement@Basestation) is a great launchpad for getting involved in an event where you can get hands-on and create digital technology to improve the democratic processes which affect you – as business owners and community leaders.

How can digital democracy can make dealing with government easier, quicker, more efficient? Learn how Horizon State is tackling a key roadblock – voting – and what that means for dealing with other decisions government makes on your behalf.

Digital technology is changing everything. We can keep pace and participate in its development or fall behind and let others design solutions we will then have to accept and live with. People in Tauranga have the talent and skills to be involved in designing the future, and can (when they are resourced) shape how it works. The Rates Rebate app is one example.

Next week Techweek Tauranga will host a discussion about impact investing - what it is and how we can use it to create change in our communities. We asked Ākina Foundation project manager Julie Prestel to tell us more...

Last week a whole new set of local entrepreneurs started the CO.STARTERS course. The course is nine weeks of sessions which encourage participants to thoroughly test and validate their ideas, under the watchful eye of experienced facilitators. We spoke to one of the newest recruits, Jess, about her business - Tribe of Daughters.

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