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 have our 2018 Start-up Alley winners

Start-up Accelerator winner: coHired

The Start-up Accelerator category was aimed at tech businesses who have developed an innovative tech product and have their sights on potential growth and expansion beyond New Zealand.  We are pleased to announce that coHired won this category in our 2018 Start-up Alley competition.

coHired helps companies to shorten the recruitment process. Their software matches jobseekers to new jobs and shortlists applicants using their CV and a 10-minute questionnaire, providing the recruiter with a top 5 based on experience, skills, and cultural fit.

Courtesy of BNZ, coHired received:

  • a $20,000 cash prize 
  • a return trip for two people to the USA to further their business
  • access to free business mentors provided by BNZ.

Social Enterprise Kick Start winner: Talk Town

The Social Enterprise Kick Start prize was aimed at start up social enterprises with a technology component – businesses that have a social purpose at the heart of what they do. We are pleased to announce that Talk Town won this category in our 2018 Start-up Alley competition.

Talk Town has developed a digital self-advocacy and communications skills game for deaf kids, who often have trouble with social interactions. Users will be able to develop the skills through interactions with game characters.

Courtesy of BNZ, Talk Town received:

  • a $20,000 cash prize
  • access to free business mentors provided by BNZ.

“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