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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

Wireless Guard

Wireless Guard

University of Canterbury graduates, making homes safer and setting minds at ease by transforming existing doors and windows into smart, connected, secure devices

Haptly

Haptly

Auckland-based drone technology developer, improving pasture-based farming through real time autonomous drone tracking and management for beyond line of sight applications.

Blerter

Blerter

Auckland-based developer of health and safety apps that help companies keep their workers safe. Blerter makes health and safety processes easy, engaging and fun – helping to ensure everyone goes home safe each night.

Spalk

Spalk

Auckland university graduates, unlocking alternative sports commentary for teams and broadcasters, by synchronising live game video with commentators around the globe.

Solarbright

Solarbright

Christchurch-based innovator in LED-lighting. Developer of a solar-powered road cat’s eye, contributing to road safety and capable of communicating big data.

Follow Pat and Nicola Martin of Solarbright as they pitch their idea to the Vodafone judges

IoTStream

IoTStream

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.

Parking Sense

Parking Sense

Cambridge based growth stage start-up, offering an off-street parking guidance system for car parks around the world. Provides a management system, dynamic pricing ability and guidance to car parks.

Linewize

Linewize

Christchurch-based developer of a cloud managed content filtering system, giving schools and parents at home complete control and visibility over internet use.

Catch.it

Catch.it

Allows viewers to easily share via social media snackable, streamed moments as they happen. Founded by a former NZ soccer player.

LINC-ED

LINC-ED

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.

Further information

For more information about xone and the xone startups go to: xone.vodafone.co.nz