Global Entrepreneurship Week has rolled around already and Unlimited Potential is once again doing it’s bit to promote technology entrepreneurship as a career option. I’ll be working hard this week on a few last minute details for our Wellington to the World (W2W) event on Thursday.
Wellington is alive with tech talent at present and there has been somewhat of a renaissance as geek-preneurs have got cracking launching some great products onto the world stage. In some cases these are second or third generation ventures where there has been an earlier exit. W2W is a showcase event that brings together technology innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to share ideas and celebrate emerging tech ventures from around the region.
We have a cool new venue this year, so have included a small demo zone adjacent to the bar area in the programme. There will be plenty of opportunity for hands on experience. Some of the companies in the demo zone will also be presenting during the entrepreneur flash talks. The event begins at 4pm on Thursday 18th November with talks by technology researchers from Victoria University. A number of these projects have commercial potential and will be seeking partnerships and investment in the future. Victoria University commercialisation arm Viclink is an event partner, so please support these speakers.
The event also encapsulates the Summer of Tech launch for 2010/11. Summer of Tech is a great initiative that matches software and engineering companies with students looking for work experience over the summer holidays. It’s an important plank in a strategy to build up capacity and grow employment in hi-tech around the region. This year we are very pleased to have Xero CTO Craig Walker to speak at the launch. There are a small number of places left at the event, so be quick, registration is essential.