Bright Tech to Lead Recovery

The collapse of financial institutions during the recession led to the destruction of billions of dollars of wealth and made us question the sanity behind investing exclusively in property or risky finance companies. But a renaissance in angel investing and a surge of interest by economic development organisations in the tech sector is opening up new opportunities.

Grow Wellington is the regional economic development body that offers business programmes for enterprises across Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Wellington city. Recently Grow Wellington launched the Bright Ideas Challenge in an effort to identify and motivate the region’s closet entrepreneurs and help get good ideas supported and funded. The challenge invites aspiring entrepreneurs to submit a 100 word description of their business idea in return for advice and coaching. The top 200 ideas will be eligible for KickStart, a business startup programme. There is $25,000 in seed funding on offer plus the chance to meet investors and inspirational leaders in business.

With high value technology ventures and small businesses driving the economic recovery globally, at Unlimited Potential we thought it a good idea to get behind the Bright Ideas Challenge and to encourage our entrepreneurial members from the ICT sector to put their best foot forward. So when you go to the Bright Ideas submission page, make sure you click on Unlimited Potential in the dropdown box. UP will use its industry networks and events to support nominated ICT projects that graduate from the challenge.

Paul Spence is currently Unlimited Potential co-chair, CEO at tech startup iWantMyName and the New Zealand moderator for Silicon Valley based StartupDigest. You can contact him on Twitter @GeniusNet.

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