Ideas take shape at Spark I2B

08 July 2014
Spark I2B 2014
Participants share ideas at the Spark Ideas 2 Business (I2B) workshop.

Entrepreneurial staff and students from across the University soaked up advice from industry experts last week in the lead up to the Spark $100k Challenge.

The Spark Ideas 2 Business (I2B) workshop on July 1 provided an intensive one-day programme of events at the Business School’s Owen G Glenn Building.

Lecture Theatre OGGB4 was filled to capacity as local entrepreneurs and experts led participants through the essential steps of how to build a start-up.

Spark CEO Alina Varoy said there was a great atmosphere and all attendees were excited about the opportunity to learn business skills and meet others who were keen to develop their ideas.

“It was great to see so many participants sharing their ideas when given the opportunity to do an elevator pitch. It was also fantastic to see these conversations flow on to the networking sessions in the breaks where their ideas were discussed further and teams started to form.”

The sessions covered market validation, intellectual property, business models, entrepreneurial teams and financials.

Speakers included Richard Little from Rex Bionics, Jason Rudkin-Binks from Hudson Gavin Martin, Alistair is General Manager at Allpress Espresso, Dr Alaistair Marsden from the University’s Department of Accounting and Finance, and entrepreneur Duncan Ledwith.

The final speaker of the day was Sam Ovens, who started his own business while studying a BCom here at the Business School and working as a marketing manager at Vodafone. After selling that business, he went on to found SnapInspect and used the skills and knowledge learnt starting these businesses to become a marketing and lead generation alongside his role as CEO at SnapInspect.

Alina said she and her team were looking forward to the next stage of the business planning competition.

“We had some great feedback from those who really valued the experience and knowledge they gained throughout the day, and we're looking forward to seeing their business ideas develop as they enter them into the $100k Challenge.”

The deadline for teams to submit entries for the Spark $100k Challenge is 11 August 2014.

For more information, visit www.spark.auckland.ac.nz.