WagonShare's winning ways

AMANDA SACHTLEBEN
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2013

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WagonShare, an online motorhome sharing community, won Startup Weekend in Wellington last night. The idea beat those of 11 other teams to scoop prizes including $10,000 in online advertising on TradeMe, a month of free co-working space at the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco, $500 cash from Hyperstart and a Google tablet.

Team leader Dean Goble says he thought of the idea during a motorhome holiday in the US with his family, where he encountered rental companies that were "quite sterile and corporate". 

WagonShare aims to allow people to engage with motorhome owners and show hospitality, says Goble.

He's a sales executive at an IT company, but has previously worked on other technology ventures of his own. "I love coming up with ideas and putting them into practice," he says.

The other team members were Nicolai Thomson, Andrew Van Bunnik, Claire Houlihan, Rochelle Alder, Michael Meyers, Mike Condon and Lujia Lu.

Wellington based Startup Weekend global facilitator and angel investor Dave Moskovitz says Startup Weekend is the first taste of entrepreneurship for many participants. "For most it will be an intensely challenging and stimulating experience and those who survive first contact will very likely go on to start other ventures in the future – that can only be good for our economy”. 

He says there are plans for another Wellington event this year, with a social entrepreneurship theme.

The teams were:

WagonShare

A community for renting and letting motorhomes.

3D Makers World

A service that connects designers with owners of 3D printers.

FreshShare

Allows users to share their surplus vegetable garden produce.

MySmartGrid

Designed to help consumers save power by changing how they consume power.

e-Mammogram

An image database for early detection of breast cancer.

SmartMatch

Used to match science and tech organisations with customers who need problems solved.

CommonPlace

Aggregates data from across applications.

Plan The Move

Services for people moving house.

STVA

A marketplace for digital art.

Arrangr

A social networking site aimed at people arranging marriages in the Indian community.

BetterGiven

A system for making charitable donations.

MeemoApp

Designed to help children and parents manage emotions and behaviours.

The judges were Kiwi Landing Pad director John Holt; angel investor Marcel van den Assum; startup founder and Lighting Lab mentor Siobhan Bulfin; Mohawk Media owner Helen Baxter; and Owen Evans, chief technology architect at Xero.

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