Stage two lectures and events are listed below.  Please RSVP for those you wish to attend.

Three two hour Business Planning workshops are scheduled with the first one on 30th August.  This is the same workshop repeated three times so choose the time that suits you the best.  The workshop will give guidance and advice to help you with developing and writing your business plan.  (Note that the Business Planning workshops have all been scheduled in the afternoon immediately prior to a topic lecture.)

A series of seven lectures is scheduled through August and September.  At each of these events, an expert will deliver a lecture on a specified topic and an entrepreneur will add inspiriation with their own story.  See below for the dates, topics, speakers and to RSVP.

On this page we also advise of other events of interest. See below for the Unlimited Investment Challenge Business Plan Competition.

If you are unable to attend a lecture or missed the workshop 'How to pitch your idea in 100 words', you can view videos through our Video Gallery.

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Following on from the recently completed series of free seminars, the Unlimited Investment Challenge 2011 is now accepting one-page business plans.  Selected entrants will be offered an opportunity to pitch to investors and others may be offered the services of a business mentor. 

For more information and to register click here

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Wellington will host the international Startup Weekend for local entrepreneurs from 4-6 November this year.  WebFund, BizDojo and CreativeHQ – the leading players in Wellington's early-stage innovation space – are teaming up in a “Wellington, Inc.” approach to help entrepreneurs develop new businesses in n a marathon 54-hour weekend event.

Tickets are strictly limited and are available on a first come first served basis. For more information and tickets clicke here.

Lecture 3: Target Market / Market Validation
16/08/2011, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
Customers are fundamental for success. This workshop will discuss market validation, market opportunities, key trends, size of the market and customer motivation.

Lecturer: Chloe Dallaway (Grow Wellington)

Guest Entrepreneur: Julia Marshall (Gecko Press)
Lecture 4: Building winning teams
23/08/2011, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
Add to your business capability by building a winning team. This workshop focuses on the importance of the strength of the team.

Lecturer: Mark Robotham (Growth Management Consulting)

Guest Entrepreneur: Cameron Mehlhopt (StarNow)
Workshop: Business planning
30/08/2011, 3.00 - 5.00pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
A two hour workshop to give advice and guidance on the process of developing your business plan.

Facilitator: Nikki Burns (Grow Wellington)
Lecture 5: Financials
30/08/2011, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
This workshop is all about the money. Cash flow is critical.

Lecturer: Dave Allison (CreativeHQ)

Guest Entrepreneur: Mike Riversdale (Waveadept)
Workshop: Business planning
06/09/2011, 3.00 - 5.00pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
A two hour workshop to give advice and guidance on the process of developing your business plan.

Facilitator: Nikki Burns (Grow Wellington)
Lecture 6: Go to market
06/09/2011, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
This workshop is about how you will reach your target market including the channels and relationships that need to be developed to reach that market.

Lecturer: Murray McRae (CreativeHQ)

Guest Entrepreneur: Ed Robinson (Aptimize)
Bright Ideas and Musical Chairs
07/09/2011, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Venue: Macs - Cable Room, Corner Cable and Taranaki Streets
Another Bright Ideasand Musical Chairs networking event to connect young entrepreneurs with Wellington's innovation and business community.
Workshop: Business planning
13/09/2011, 3.00 - 5.00pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
A two hour workshop to give advice and guidance on the process of developing your business plan.

Facilitator: Nikki Burns (Grow Wellington)
Lecture 7: Other important topics
13/09/2011, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Venue: St. John's Church Hall - cnr Dixon and Willis Sts - Wellington
Intellectual property, legal requirements and tax issues are some of the topics that will be covered in this workshop.

Lecturers:
Anontia Haythornthwaite - Human Resources
Tony Southall - Legal
Brian Woolford - Tax
Jonas Holland - Intellectual Property

Guest Entrepreneur: Sarah Gibbs (Trilogy)

Note: Start time of 5pm
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