Start-up Alley

Held at Webstock, the Start-up Alley competition aims to discover New Zealand start-ups who are doing innovative work and ready to establish themselves as long-term, sustainable businesses.

“We want to celebrate New Zealanders that take the step to bring their idea to life and provide them with a once in a lifetime opportunity to further their business.”

Harry Ferreira, Head of Small Business, BNZ

Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

We had a record number of entries for BNZ Start-Up Alley 2017. The competition was tough, but we are thrilled to announce the winners of our $15,000 prize and a trip to the Kiwi landing pad in San Francisco is… My F.C!

My F.C. is a digital football platform that is designed to remove the pain points founders Sam Jenkins, Mike Simpson and Sam Jasper experienced as football players, coaches, and fans. The platform links teams, clubs, leagues and national bodies with crowd-sourced and independently validated data from users.

We’re absolutely stoked’ says Sam Jenkins. ‘You don’t know what the judges are thinking and the other contestants were really strong. It was our first pitching competition and people don’t realise how much work goes into it.”

GenoaPay was named runner-up, winning $7,500 and a trip to San Francisco with a payments platform that allows consumers to receive goods or services and pay for them over time with no interest. The judges also awarded Collaborate a bonus prize of $2,500 and day with BNZ’s UX team, for their mobile app that matches people with volunteer opportunities.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and a big thanks to our MC Nat Torkington, our judges, Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, Derek Sivers, Anna Guenther and David Bullock, and everyone at Webstock 2017 who came along to support.

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2017 Start-Up Alley winners and judges at Webstock.