This article was published on 15 July 2016
Ten inspiring kiwi entrepreneurs win places on xone accelerator programme.
Ten kiwi start-ups and SMEs have made it through an intensive pitch process to win places on Vodafone’s new global accelerator programme, Vodafone xone.
The winning finalists are innovators from a diverse range of sectors, such as smart home, sports broadcasting, agriculture, education, health, big data and drones. They include Spalk, a group of Auckland University graduates wanting to revolutionise sports commentary in broadcasting, and Wireless Guard, a Christchurch company innovating in home security by turning doors and windows into smart, connected devices.
The ten start-ups were hand-picked by a panel of expert judges from more than 170 applicants from around New Zealand. Each team will receive a total package worth more than $150,000, including $25,000 in seed-funding and world class mentoring as part of a six-month programme.
In addition, the companies will receive access to a collaborative working space inside Vodafone’s new $50 million purpose built HQ in Christchurch, and technology development through the Vodafone xone Innovation Lab. The facility, containing specialised technology worth $19 million, will be open to the xone companies, and will also be of high value to businesses operating outside the xone accelerator programme.
Jonathan Miller, Digital Technology Sector Manager at Callaghan Innovation, says the Innovation Lab will encourage a global outlook for New Zealand businesses. Callaghan Innovation is supporting Xone with $900,000 over three years.
As well as being an international launch pad for kiwi start-ups, New Zealand companies of all sizes can access the world-class tech facilities on offer at the Vodafone xone Innovation Lab – to test and develop their internet-of-things, smart network and mobile ideas. Vodafone xone is the seventh to be set up around the world.
The ten Vodafone xone startups
Auckland-based drone technology developer, improving pasture-based farming through real time autonomous drone tracking and management for beyond line of sight applications.
Auckland university graduates, unlocking alternative sports commentary for teams and broadcasters, by synchronising live game video with commentators around the globe.
Early-stage Auckland start-up. Making the Internet-of-Things accessible through a network, data and storage platform that makes product development easier and faster.
Christchurch-based developer of a cloud managed content filtering system, giving schools and parents at home complete control and visibility over internet use.
Christchurch former school principal and teacher, turned web/app developers. LINC-ED promotes the sharing of learning and creativity in a simple format that helps parents to understand their children's next steps.
For more information about xone and the xone startups go to: xone.vodafone.co.nz