VENTURE UP 2020 WELLINGTON
In January 2020, Venture Up kicked off in Wellington. 22 of New Zealand’s future leaders participated in the programme before pitching their sustainably focused business ideas at the showcase held at Z Energy head offices.
Participants formed ventures on day one and learnt about how to test concepts, validate with customers and build key business skills that will serve them well moving into the future.
With a wealth of mentors and speakers lined up to provide inspiration and tools to challenge the ventures, the teams were pushed throughout the accelerator far beyond their comfort zones.
Venture Up was the highlight of my summer and having it at the start the year before uni starts is a great way to kick off the year.
Addressing the issue that 4.8 Million plastic containers ended up in landfill every day. They developed a food ordering app that showcased local eateries who allowed customers to bring their own reusable containers when purchasing food.
5 YARDS FABRIC
Addressing the issues that local emerging clothing designers face when sourcing ethical manufacturers and sustainable materials. They developed a platform that connects local New Zealand designers with sustainable production factories in Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Every year in New Zealand , 918 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic biscuit packaging ends up in our landfills. The Bioma team redesigned biscuit packaging using a biodegradable compostable box with vegetable dye inks and and a seaweed based inner tray to keep the product fresh.
A sustainable one-stop stationary shop for businesses who struggle to source environmentally office consumables, causing a significant amount of unwanted to waste and unnecessary cost.
Used pizza boxes are not recyclable and can contaminate an entire container load of cardboard recycling sending it all to landfill if discovered. Pizza Loop created a reusable pizza container that customers could borrow and return to be sanitised once used.