Legal Seminar – Shareholders’ Agreements

When: Wednesday 19th March

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: BNZ Lounge, EPIC

76-106 Manchester Street


Join Oliver Roberts and Christina Lefever to discuss shareholders’ agreements. Oliver and Christina will cover:

  • Shareholders’ Agreements – the key parts of a shareholders’ agreement including different varieties of shares, debt funding policy, pre-emption and share tranfers, exit and pricing shares, good and bad leavers, dividend policy, director appointments, dispute resolution and deadlocks, mix between shareholder decisions (major items) and director decisions and new issues of shares and anti-dilution.
  • Joint Ventures – the different options to structure a joint venture, from unincorporated, contractual JV, Partnership, Limited Partnership or new Company.
  • Recent related developments of collaboration agreements and alliance agreements.

RSVP by Monday 10th March – 

Careers Expo – May 2014

Exhibitors include employers, tertiaries, training institutes & government departments. Targeting school leavers, Generation Y, and skilled workers.

When: 22nd – 24th May

Where: CBS Arena, Christchurch

See more here

Last chance to enter the NZ Hi-Tech Awards!

Last chance to enter the Hi Tech Awards

Awards close next Monday 3rd at 5:00pm so don’t leave it to the last minute.  Tell the world why your business is so fabulous and what a great place Christchurch is to be based!

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Christchurch is a highly energised weekend of innovation, motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs, and inspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life. 54 intensive hours; surrounded by like minded individuals; collaborating on developing business ideas, establishing strong relationships, building a skilled network to support your Startup journey and validating how you as an individual can contribute, influence and participate in the Startup ecosystem.

Quite simply; Startup weekend is Outward Bound for Entrepreneurs!!!

More details of how you can be involved see here

SXSW Trade Show 2014

NZICT is working with Immigration NZ and Workhere to take NZ tech companies to the South by Southwest (SXSW) trade show to encourage talented tech people to move to NZ and work or invest in the sector. They will also be showcasing the industry and participating companies. Check out info and packages here

UK Trade & Investment presents: UK Digital Sector and Crowd Funding Talk

Date: Thursday 27th February

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: BNZ Lounge, EPIC

76-106 Manchester Street


A presentation by Simon Sprince, UK Digital Specialist, and Ruzy Chishty, Crowd-funding and Start-up Expert.

Find out how UK Trade & Investment can support NZ businesses looking to grow in the UK. Simon will talk about the software, digital and e-commerce opportunities in the UK, including UK government funding and helpful industry networks. He explain current trends in the UK, and suggest possible locations for software/digital companies. Ruzy will talk about his experience as an entrepreneur and investor, and share his expertise in international business development for start-up companies, including crowd funding.

The event is aimed at companies with an interest in the UK digital sector, and specifically those who want to enter/grow in the UK market. This will be a great way for companies to get some free advice on UK opportunities and links them straight to the people who have the industry knowledge to help with any UK expansion.

The presentation will take about 30 minutes, and will be followed by networking drinks.

Below are bios of each presenter.

Note this event has limited capacity, so please RSVP quickly to ensure your place.

Simon Sprince

Simon’s background is in digital media with 20 years experience of content and application production. He first worked as an entrepreneur in the design and TV sectors, setting up a cutting-edge digital design agency at the very start of the commercial internet. He then moved into research and development as a leading member of the International Centre for Digital Content, a research partnership between universities and TV production agencies in the north-west of England. There he led numerous influential projects and helped to establish the UK’s first digital content dedicated business incubator.
Simon has an in-depth understanding of the digital industry’s key sub sectors as well as the technologies and markets that drive them. He specialises in analysing user & market trends, identifying the essential factors needed to influence the development of new products and services. After building up extensive experience of working at the intersection between industry and academia he set up Focus Innovation. The team at Focus concentrates on appropriate innovation, creating ‘digital solutions for real world problems’ by building consortia for projects that start with industry specialists, adding technical expertise and the necessary finance to produce well-informed and resourced start-ups. Focus Innovation works with some of the largest companies in digital media helping them to develop Open Innovation activities in order to meet the challenges of technology change. Simon also works with UK Trade & Investment as a specialist in the digital industry, helping companies understand the opportunities within the UK creative technology scene.

Ruzy Chishty

Ruzy Chishty is a Crowd Funding and Startup Expert focusing on sales, partnerships and international business development. Director of the Founders Institute in London and Founder/CEO of SeedAvenue and CrowdFundrs, Ruzy successfully transitioned from working in Fortune 500 companies and international development roles around the world to successful entrepreneur and investor. Ruzy has generated over $25M in business and has launched ventures in Asia (China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong), Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Ruzy has lived in six different countries including the US and is uniquely placed to advise start-ups on taking their businesses to the world.

Multicore World 2014

Multicore World 2014 – Answering the BIG Questions –

The 3rd Multicore World will be 25 / 26 February in Auckland, at AUT university’s Sir Paul Reeves Building, featuring a 20+ stellar speakers‘ list including

  • John Gustafson (inaugural Gordon Bell Prize winner, author of Gustafson’s Law, former Chief Product Architect of AMD, Director at Intel and Sun – USA),
  • Tim Cornwell (SKA Architect – UK)
  • Gernot Heiser (Leader at NICTA – Australia)
  • Kent Winchell (Cray, office of the CTO -HPCwire people to watch 2014)
  • Cristina Cifuentes (Director Oracle Labs – Australia)
  • Shaun Hendy (FRSNZ, Professor at University of Auckland)

Members of Canterbury Software Cluster have an instant 15% discount using this link. Busy people can take advantage of One Day pass or Half Day Tickets from $200.-

Collocated with his edition of Multicore World is the workshop Computing for SKA on 27 / 28 February. Learn more through these recent articles at NZ Herald,Computerworld, ODT, TechDay, IITP, Techblog and Sciblogs

Nicolás Erdödy – Conference Director (027) 521 4020

Don’t leave town before you’ve seen the booming ICT market

Confidence is up for both employers and job seekers in the ICT sector with a rise in new projects upholding recruitment activity and promising pay increases in 2014.

A whopping 75 percent of employers are planning to hire new staff in 2014, the majority within the next 3 months and the main reason being new projects, according to the latest Absolute IT Employer Insight Survey.

See full article here

Return On Science Meet and Greet Session

Do you have an ICT related startup that’s looking for advice or investment? Are you interested in taking NZ invented technologies to the world?

The Return On Science ICT Investment Committee is in Christchurch on 19 February. The Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) would like to invite you to meet the committee and hear more about the commercialisation of technologies that come from the research sector.

When: Wednesday, 19th Feb

Time: 12:30 – 2:30pm

Where: BNZ lounge, EPIC

76-106 Manchester Street


The session will involve:

  •  A light lunch and a chance to meet the committee members – most of who are active angel investors;
  •  Short presentations from public sector organisations that support startups (Return On Science, CRIS and Callaghan Innovation)
  •  Short presentations from private sector organisations that support startups (Duncan Cotterill, Memia and Ministry of Awesome)
  •  Lightning talks from Christchurch based startups

Who should attend: Interested people from the ICT sector – including researchers, entrepreneurs, ICT startups and angel investors.

The event is free, but registration is essential for catering purposes. For more information, click here

The Glass Class

or those of you who attended Mark’s presentation on Tuesday night, click here to see the slides.

From February 17th – 24th the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury will be holding a one week long intensive course on Google Glass programming. Attendees will be able to learn how to develop both server based and native Glass applications, tools for rapid prototyping, and guidelines for building compelling user experiences.

All attendees will also have access to Glass hardware and will be able to develop their own project ideas. This course will be useful for anyone interested in exploring wearable computing and Google Glass development.

For more information and to register interest – see here