Our week long 0.Sprint accelerator programme, surrounds you with the right startup environment, people, & networks, to push through the biggest challenge holding your venture back.

Whether that's a product or growth goal, a team-building goal, or even helping you figure out the fastest way to start! Our programme helps connect you with the best people, tools, methods, and resources to accelerate your progress.

The 0.Sprint Accelerator is a full-time, 1-week programme where startup teams are co-located during a week long sprint. It's an intensive combination of mentor-led coaching, personal and venture progress, and peer-to-peer support through your cohort.

The format, based on our lessons learned running StartupWeekend and loosely on the Google Ventures Design Sprint method, will push you hard to rapidly validate your direction and leave you with clarity about where to go next.

Sunday, June 17th - 23rd, 2018

Optional social on Sunday 7pm; Sprint starts Monday 8:00am for 9am

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Event Schedule

Sunday 17th June 2018 - Meetup  

< 6:00pm Arrival Optionally, out-of-towners arrive and settle into wherever you are staying (don't forget AirBnB!)
7:00pm Social Optionally, meet at The Bird Cage, for a few social drinks with other participants and our team

Monday 18th June 2018 - Orient  

8:00am Registration Arrive at the venue & get yourself and team checked in
9:00am Kick-Off Event starts with programme orientation
10:30am Planning Map out your sprint goals, assumptions, and path through this week
12:00pm Lunch Catered lunch, network with your peers
1:00pm Sessions Mentor sessions with experts, mentors, and our facilitators
4:00pm Update Update your sprint goals
5:30pm Dinner Catered dinner, networking with mentors and peers
7:00pm Circle Setting up our personal goals and peer support for the week ahead

Tuesday 19th June 2018 - Ideate  

8:00am Tea/Coffee Doors open for tea and coffee before day 2 kicks off
9:00am Kick-Off Orientation for Day 2
9:30am Inspiration Researching ideas and inspiration to feed into your sprint solutioning
10:30am Demos Quick-fire demos to present ideas back to your team
11:30am Customers Planning ahead for customer or market validation
12:30pm Lunch Catered lunch, network with your peers
1:30pm Solutioning Brainstorming, designing, and testing solutions to your sprint goals
4:30pm Finalizing Deciding upon the sprint solution focus with your decision makers
5:30pm Dinner Catered dinner, networking with mentors and peers
7:00pm Speaker Inspirational talk from a founder leading the community

Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Execute  

8:00am Tea/Coffee Doors open for tea and coffee before day 3 kicks off
9:00am Kick-Off Orientation for Day 3
9:15am PM Setting up today's prototyping goals and customer pipeline
9:30am Stand-Up 2-min update to entire group on focus today and any asks for help
10:00am Execute Getting work done, working with mentors & facilitators
10:00am Pipeline Building pipeline of customers for tomorrow's validation sessions
12:00pm Lunch Catered working lunch, self-serve, carry on executing!
1:00pm Office Hours Check-in with your faciltators and the programme team
5:00pm Updates 2 minutes updates on progress and work still to do
5:30pm Dinner Self-catered dinner tonight (sorry!)
7:00pm Execute Continue building customer pipeline for tomorrow's sessions & complete prototypes

Thursday 21st June 2018 - Validate  

8:00am Tea/Coffee Doors open for tea and coffee before day 4 kicks off
9:00am Kick-Off Orientation for Day 4
9:15am PM Setting up today's prototyping goals and customer pipeline
9:30am Stand-Up 2-min update to entire group on focus today and any asks for help
10:00am Script Build your interview questions, learning objectives, & test high-level concepts
10:00am Execute Remainder of your team continue building out and testing prototypes
12:00pm Lunch Catered working lunch, self-serve, carry on executing!
1:00pm Interviews Test your prototypes and high-level concepts with customers and end-users
5:30pm Insights Collate your feedback from interviews and decide where prototype needs to change
6:00pm Dinner Self-catered dinner tonight (sorry!)
7:00pm Structure Building the pitch outline ready for tomorrow

Friday 22nd June 2018 - Pitch  

8:00am Kick Off Earlier start to the final busy day
8:30am Interviews Completing final interviews to prove validation and direction
1:00pm Lunch Catered working lunch, pitch content session over lunch
1:30pm Pitch Focussing team to build and style up a pitch for final showcases tonight
3:00pm Tech Check Testing teams understand how presentation hardware works
4:30pm Tools Down Final presentations for tonight to be provided to programme manager; tidy up space
5:00pm Dinner Final community dinner with invited community guests
6:15pm Pitches Final 5 min presentations of your progress and learnings to a community showcase
8:00pm Judging Judges announce 'winners' and give feedback to participating teams

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Reflect  

10:00am Reflect Reflections, learnings, and next steps led by programme director
12:00pm End Time to go home!

Mentors & Facilitators

We've recruited experienced startup practitioners to support your 0.Sprint journey! (Note: their exact availability during the week is subject to availability).

Katherine Barrow - ZeroPoint Mentor

Katherine Barrow

Kat works at the intersection of customer experience, technology and business strategy, helping their clients at Pixel Fusion apply design thinking and innovation methodologies across their channels and products.

She brings strategic insight, creative problem solving and user empathy to every project, enabling her clients embrace new mindsets and approaches, at all times seeking to help balance business goals and user needs to build revolutionary products.

Whilst Kat is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Auckland product design studio Pixel Fusion, her prior role has led user experience design in growth stage startup companies GeoOp and FiServe (previously M-Com)

Dan Khan - ZeroPoint Mentor

Dan Khan

Dan is an internationally experienced founder, technology entrepreneur, mentor, and startup coach. He is currently the founder of ZeroPoint Ventures, a leading venture catalyst in New Zealand which helps large enterprises and smaller startups leverage the methods and tools of lean entrepreneurship to drive long-term impact and success.

In 2012, Dan designed and led Lightning Lab, New Zealand's leading investment accelerator; launched Startup Weekend in New Zealand; and co-authored the playbook for other top venture accelerators around the world with the Global Accelerator Network.

Prior to this, he has been a C-level exec of two venture-backed technology startups, and was part of the founding engineering team who designed and built Europe's largest pre-Facebook social network, overseeing development from zero to millions of users and eventual acquisition.

Justin Douché - ZeroPoint Mentor

Justin Douché

Justin is an experienced business change/innovation manager with over 12 years experience of project delivery, business change and leadership development within dynamic environments (government, corporate, learning & development, ICT, solar/energy, start-ups, SMEs, etc.).

In 2017, he co-designed and led ZeroPoint Ventures' first virtual incubator programme, and currently leads the mentors in their 0.Sprint Accelerator programme.

Justin has a strong focus on people first, and delivers performance and organisational improvements through deep customer engagement, developing local talent and creating a culture of innovation and collaboration.

Angie Judge - ZeroPoint Mentor

Angie Judge

Angie is currently founder and CEO at Dexibit, which enables data driven museums through analytics, with unique insights to visitor behavior. Dexibit includes personalized dashboards, automated reporting and data concierge, plus self service and integration. Angie works with museums and cultural attractions big and small around the world.

Angie is no stranger to the world of startups and innovation, previously holding a role of head of transformation and innovation at AmDocs, a leading software and services provider to the world's most successful communications and media companies.

Angie is a experienced entrepreneur and passionate speaker on big data and artificial intelligence with engagement including TEDx, the American Alliance of Museums (Atlanta, Washington DC, St Louis), Museum Computer Network, as well as guest lecturing in data science and encouraging young women to build careers in STEM.

Colart Miles - ZeroPoint Mentor

Colart Miles

Colart is an experienced advisor, coach, founder and director. He specialises in Value-Driven techniques (like Agile and Lean), with a track record of helping organisations become more innovative, effective and nimble.

In 2015, Colart co-founded Velox Innovation to help New Zealand businesses accelerate the development of high-value products and solutions, in partnership with Callaghan Innovation. Through Velox, he's worked with many large organisations and smaller startups helping them with opportunity development; agile coaching, and new venture development.

Prior to this, Colart was product manager in Air New Zealand's Innovation and Ventures team, responsible for new feature development and operational maintenance of Air New Zealand's premier native mobile app.

Debra Chantry - ZeroPoint Mentor

Debra Chantry

Debra is a founder, leadership coach, keynote speaker and professional facilitator. She is currently the founder of The Common, an Auckland-based Entrepreneurs' playground & business membership club where business owners meet to co-create, work & play hard to achieve their goals through the power of community.

Debra has a unique mixture of curiosity, experience, stories & qualifications that she loves to share. She was a finalist in the NEXT Business Woman of the Year & her first book entitled “OWN IT - 25 ways of honouring your brilliance" is due for release later this year.

Her prior leadership roles include executive-in-residence at the Icehouse where she specialised in market validation; sitting on various on many boards as chairperson; and a trustee for Life Education Trust for the last ten years.

Edwin Darlow - ZeroPoint Mentor

Edwin Darlow

Edwin is an experienced startup founder, CEO and investment professional. He is currently founder and CEO of Tribe Sports App, whose mission is to become the single destination for sports in New Zealand.

Prior to this he founded Auror (formerly EyeDentify) which is a cloud-based platform that helps retailers and Police prevent and reduce retail crime; and led Quiver Augmented Reality (formerly Puteko) as COO and later, CEO. Edwin managed Quiver's operations from Tokyo, Japan, and managed R&D in New Zealand.

Before startups, Edwin was a venture senior at Sparkbox Ventures, New Zealand's leading early-stage investment firm. He was responsible for deal sourcing, company screening, due diligence and deal execution for Sparkbox's early stage seed fund, Global from Day One.

Heath Milligan - ZeroPoint Mentor

Heath Milligan

Heath is an experienced startup founder, investor, and international business development lead. He is currently VP of Global Sales for Stretchsense who make it easy to measure human body motion by delivering world-leading stretchable sensors to product companies and research labs in over 25 countries.

He previously founded his own consultancy, Mirivi, for established businesses and large enterprises in New Zealand who are ready to step up to disruptive innovation and startup thinking to accelerate customer engagement and new product development.

Heath is an active member of the startup community in New Zealand, and has previously co-led Startup Weekend events, and mentors up and coming startups through investment firm Flying Kiwi Angels, and through other accelerator programmes.

Shaun Fitzmaurice - ZeroPoint Mentor

Shaun Fitzmaurice

Shaun in an experienced startup founder and sales director. He currently heads up the nationally distributed team at BachCare as sales director, providing thousands of New Zealand property owners with great returns on their assets.

He's led the sales team at Vector, working with smart architects, developers, companies and homeowners to lead New Zealand into a sustainable new energy future. During his time there he grew revenues 400% in 2 years and helped launch Tesla Energy into New Zealand.

Shaun is no stranger to startups, having co-founded and led digital marketing and growth of CoachSeek, a New Zealand-based SaaS company looking to improve the lives of sports coaches across the world, growing their customer base from zero to spanning 14 countries and 12 sports in just 2 years.

Stuart Christie - ZeroPoint Mentor

Stuart Christie

Stuart is a management consultant in the early-stage capital markets. He is also chair of the AI Forum of NZ, a core group member of Fintech NZ, an Investment Committee member at Uniservices and an advisor to various high growth companies. Stuart works with companies, corporates and investors focused on the commercialisation and value-realisation of FinTech, SaaS and AI opportunities.

Most recently Stuart was an Investment Manager at New Zealand Venture Investment Fund working on seed funding for early stage technology start-ups. Previous to NZVIF, he was a founder of the mobile banking and payments company M-Com which was established in 2000 and sold to the world’s largest supplier of technology solutions to retail banks Fiserv (USA) in 2011.

Prior to M-Com, Stuart held a variety of senior management roles in the capital markets, banking and telecommunications industries and was the Vice President of the NZ Wireless Data Forum.

Trevor Booth - ZeroPoint Mentor

Trevor Booth

Trevor is an experienced innovator, strategist and delivery specialist with a passion for customer centred design. His experience intersects creative thinking and design, and he’s delivered these across leading brands such as Vodafone, Visa, Barclays, RBS, AXA, British Gas, Prudential, Tower Insurance and Chrysler.

Trevor is currently GM of Strategy at NZME, New Zealand’s largest, media and entertainment company connecting over 3.3 million kiwis each week. In addition to corporate entrepreneurship, Trevor is also passionate about early stage growth and outside working hours, spends his time in the startup community working with a range of inspiring young companies.

Prior to this, Trevor has held a number of senior corporate innovation roles, delivering strategy and innovation as Head of customer strategy & innovation at Tower Insurance and Engagement Manager at Market Gravity where his primary focus was in Financial Services, telecommunications and energy.

Ian Wroe - ZeroPoint Mentor

Ian Wroe

Ian is a seasoned business leader and corporate strategy executive, having held world-wide responsibilities in corporate strategy and venturing for companies like IBM and Ericsson. He was the Head of Strategy and Change in IBM NZ, and he worked at C-level in IBM (New York).

Ian is currently a partner at GoodTeam, a specialist strategy advisory firm helping firms deliver a multiple bottom-line agenda to ensure positive, measurable environmental and social impacts are delivered in addition to financial returns.

Prior to this, Ian has driven results for a number of major corporations in a variety of GM, operations, strategy, finance and M&A roles as well as leading new venture and IP commercialization teams shaping development of a global mobile-internet platform and realizing a UK defence industrial strategy.

Kenina Court - ZeroPoint Mentor

Kenina Court

Kenina joined Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited as a Principal in the Business Advisory division in 2011 following the sale of her own accounting firm (to Crowe Horwath) which she founded back in 2000. Kenina has worked in both commercial and public practice at senior levels and has experience in a number of industries and areas including property, wholesale / retail, import / export, franchising, start-ups and professional services. She loves helping people to achieve their dreams and goals and particularly enjoys the areas of strategy, business modelling and entity structuring.

One of Kenina's mantras is 'There must be another way to do it, I just haven't found it yet' which is an excellent example of her inexhaustible curiosity and inability to unthinkingly accept the status quo. Kenina also sits on the board of two charitable trusts which help meet her desire to contribute positively to her greater community. Outside of work, Kenina is very happily married with three boys (two of whom are teenagers!) who most certainly keep her on her toes!

Nicola Mitchell - ZeroPoint Mentor

Nicola Mitchell

Nicola is a driven and successful start-up Chief Marketing Officer with proven success in driving growth. She has a wealth of experience managing marketing for global, high growth start-ups including Skype and TweetDeck. Swithcing her CMO skills easily rfom a high level to hands-on online marketing, PR, conversion optimisation and customer-focused thinking.

She currently heads up the growth team at NZME where she leads the launch and growth of NZME's digital venture portfolio which includes OneRoof, YUDU, Driven, GrabOne, Restaurant Hub and Ratebroker.

Nicola is a start-up marketing lecturer at LaunchPad (an Irish government accelerator), marketing mentor at Seedcamp, and advisor to numerous start-ups on marketing, commercial and product areas.

Oliver Harris - ZeroPoint Mentor

Oliver Harris

Oliver is a skilled and experienced international business development professional having opened and closed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with corporations and governments in more than 70 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia & the Americas.

Since coming to NZ in 2011, he now helps early stage, fast-growth companies with go-to-market strategy, pricing, channel development and - crucially - winning paying customers in new markets.

Samuel Stadler - ZeroPoint Mentor

Samuel Stadler

Samuel is an expert at creating incremental and sustainable growth in sales leads and ultimately revenue, by maximising performance across people, processes and technologies.

He is currently VP of Marketing at Parrot Analytics, a data science company that empowers media companies, brands and agencies to understand global audience demand for television content, where he leads the team to drive global brand recognition, revenue growth and customer success.

Samuels specialties include: Software-as-a-service marketing, Maximising the return on marketing technologies and systems, Inbound content strategy and lead generation, Prospect funnel optimisation, Web analytics and cost/revenue attribution, Search optimisation and paid performance customer acquisition, Experimentation, validation and conversion rate optimisation, and more.


Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald

Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with leadership experience across a broad spectrum including managing portfolios over $1b in revenue.

Most recently Aaron founded Centrality – Australasia's largest and one of the world's top Blockchain projects. Centrality is a venture studio with 100 employees in five countries around the world. Aaron is also the CTO of Blockhaus, a Swiss-based token investment banking advisory.

Overall, Aaron is an advisor, co-founder or board member to more than 20 blockchain companies, including some of the largest in the industry globally, including blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV.

Aaron and his team are involved with regulatory, industry and enterprise Blockchain initiatives across the globe. Aaron regularly speaks on the international stage at events as a subject matter expert in the future of decentralised ecosystems.


Rudi Bublitz - ZeroPoint Accelerator Judge

Rudi Bublitz

Rudi is passionate about building the most constructive angel group in New Zealand to help startups grow and to make returns for the angels who give their time and money.

In 2014, he was instrumental in setting up Flying Kiwi Angels, is on the board and has a pivotal role in organising and driving the activities of the group, a constant challenge with angel investors who have been very successful in business and are financially independent.

In 1990, Rudi co-founded a rapidly growing SAP implementation business in the UK, growing it from 2 to over 400 consultants in just 9 years. After more than doubling turnover in the last year to £36.2m the company was sold in 1999 to a FTSE 100 company.

Misti Landtroop - ZeroPoint Accelerator Judge

Misti Landtroop

Misti's background includes nearly 20 years in senior leadership roles at both Microsoft and Pitney Bowes in the United States and New Zealand and, over the past four years, she has led her own consultancy firm providing strategic, leadership and governance advisory services for early stage start-up organisations along with assisting enterprise businesses to launch new products and services.

Misti began her career in the field of journalism and communications as a News Director/Field Reporter at a Fox Television affiliate. She has a sincere passion and appreciation for the art of story-telling which has been the driver behind the work she's done helping children with learning differences find their voice.

Glen Harris -  ZeroPoint Accelerator Judge

Glen Harris

Glen is a software engineer with experience in medical and consumer electronics industries. In 2000 he co-founded Intrigue Technologies Ltd (developer and manufacturer of the Harmony brand of Internet based remote controls). Intrigue Technologies was based in Toronto, Canada and by 2004 grew to over 150 employees, leading to its acquisition by Logitech Inc. Glen worked for a year as a Director of Engineering at Logitech and then retired to bring his family back to New Zealand. He has 18 issued US patents to his credit, and has a detailed understanding of what is required to take a technology company from inception to profitability (and exit). He is currently an Operating Partner with Pioneer Capital Partners and is involved in volunteer mentoring of early stage technology startups.


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