VU18 WK 4: The final week, the 2018 teams

This is the fourth blog post pulled straight from Venture Up 2018. You’ll hear all of the ins and outs of The Leading Entrepreneurship programme for New Zealand’s Young Leaders right here.

Finally after all the planning, hard work and teamwork the final showcase is upon us. All of the teams have been working at full speed to polish every aspect of their startups – time is of the essence – doesn’t fully capture the vibe of this week. Now is the perfect moment to take you through the cohort and the teams prior to the final night of #VU18 so you know everything we know.

Twenty six eager entrepreneurs make up the cohort, with the majority from Wellington with two from Canterbury and five from Auckland. Prior to the programme many of the cohort have had experience running businesses either independently or through the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a national programme that seeks to teach high schoolers to build and operate business. However for some Venture Up is their first steps into the business world. It’s easy to say that the cohort is a cheeky, friendly bunch of people who are happy to be under the gun to make a real difference in the world. The Venture Up team continually finds themselves inspired by those bright young souls.

In total, there are five teams each focusing on unique problems and opportunities stemming from personal experiences and passions, from health and fitness to food and beverage. The following short paragraphs capture their aims and focus –      

Propell matches apprentices who need experiences with those looking for a service for a good deal, helping young professionals to take their first step onto the professional ladder.  

Team Up is helping Kiwis to become healthier and better connected through one-off sports games and exercises, without the need to commit to to lengthy sporting timetables and schedules.  

Pier-to-Peer is seeking to match package senders with people traveling from the South to the North Island via the blue bridge and Interislander, to save everyone money on travel and courier costs.

Radius supports small bars to grow their customer base by standing out from the crowd by putting their unique flavour on show through unique experiences and events.

Midas helps students to better manage their money through a budgeting app that provides real-time expense oversight, by integrating with the user’s bank, while promoting better spending habits.


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