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Brighten your idea

14 June 2010
While we may have only had an average of 82 minutes of sunshine per day in the last month, the Wellington region is living up to its reputation as a bright spot of innovation. Wellingtonians have kept the beacon shining by submitting over 650 ideas to The Bright Ideas Challenge.

Wellington, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast are geographically more compact than most large capitals and their outer suburbs, and yet within the boundaries of this space stand a fantastic mix of Government, the arts, industry, science, corporate, entrepreneurs and small business. This mix of industries is reflected in the bright ideas we have seen submitted.

Ideas range from potentially world changing technology in the ICT sector, to plans to take Wellington’s wildlife to the world.

We understand that starting a business is really hard work, as Dave Moskovitz says “Think of the hardest job you've ever done, and raise it to the power of difficult”. He says the most important thing to realising your dream is to build a team, and we agree with him. So if you have an idea that needs polishing, make sure you come along to our Brighten Your Ideas workshop this Thursday 17 June at 5.30pm.

Top Wellington business people will give their tips and advice and discuss originality, working together, commercialisation potential and listening to what your market really wants. There will be the chance to discuss with the speakers and other experts the best way to brighten your business idea.

Part of succeeding in business is knowing when to ask for help; that is why we have a new part of the challenge called Solve My Problem. Here companies are able to ask the public for bright ideas for new products and services or to help find solutions for problems. Vehicle Testing New Zealand has asked for ideas and is offering $1000 for the best.

There are only 10 days to go until entries close so make sure you enter your bright idea. The process is easy, submit your idea in 100 words or less and you could win $25,000 worth of seed capital, a place on the Bright Ideas Kickstart programme worth $1,200, and the opportunity to connect with business experts and investors.

Nigel Kirkpatrick is the CEO of regional economic development agency, Grow Wellington.
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Innovation - Nigel Kirkpatrick

20 April 2010
All great discoveries began with an idea, a sense of inquiry and the unrelenting desire to push further, create change and not to be happy with the status quo.

Right here in Wellington people are pioneering ideas that have the potential to change how we live and do business. People are analysing and testing natural products to determine if they have any bioactivity potential for natural or pharmaceutical therapies, Cloud Computing’ solutions are being developed for the creative digital community in North Asia. World first are being created in design, technology and science.

It is no secret that Wellington is a place of ideas; that it is a place where ambitious people collaborate to make ideas a reality. And what really invigorates Wellington’s innovation culture is the combination of ideas and investment. Ideas without support are just that, ideas. That is why we have set up the Bright Ideas Challenge.

The Bright Ideas Challenge is a chance to transform your bright business idea into reality.

We are interested in all stages of ideas, including dynamic initial ideas, ideas at research and development, prototype, or pilot and revenue generating stages. We will help take your idea to the next level by providing the right support and the right time.

We know that Wellington is a place of possibilities, where intellect, creativity, commerce and governance thrive in remarkable proximity. We know that Wellingtonians share their stories and on any given day, some of the world’s most interesting and varied conversations take place here so as part of the Bright Idea Challenge there will be opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs, business experts and Wellington investors.

It’s no accident that in the last 20 years, this area has transformed from a windswept, soul-less bureaucracy stop into one of the most sought-after and highly respected regions on earth.

It has been done by harnessing bright ideas and commercializing them. We have come this far but we know there are other ideas out there. Let’s keep the beacon shining. Enter your bright idea at the brightideaschallenge.co.nz
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