The Dunedin online business sector will be well represented
at the upcoming BNZ Start-up Alley competition in Wellington.
Of the 10 finalists announced this week, three are
The three Dunedin finalists are online payroll service
Thankyou Payroll, online youth magazine HVNGRY and online
parent-teacher interview management system Parent Interviews.
Thankyou Payroll chief executive Lani Evans said being
selected as a finalist was ''really good affirmation that we
have a business concept that is innovative''.
If Thankyou Payroll won it would be a great opportunity to
explore the idea of international expansion in the United
States where the industry was more mature, she said.
The HVNGRY magazine team found out they were among the
finalists just 20 minutes before their magazine went live for
the first time.
Editor Serena Chen was bewildered to have been selected and
was really excited to have the opportunity to attend Webstock
'14 conference in Wellington.
She formed HVNGRY along with two friends she studied with at
the University of Otago - Maddy Cormack and Emily Mabin
Sutton - to bring positive media to teenage girls.
''Winning would just be the even more unbelievable icing on
the cake. We feel really strongly about this project and
that's what we are going on - our passion for better media,''
BNZ Start-up Alley provides a helping hand and promotional
opportunity for start-up web and technology businesses.
From an original 38 applicants, 10 start-ups were invited to
present their business case for assessment by a panel of
judges at the Webstock conference, which starts on February
Two winners will win $10,000 and a trip to San Francisco
where they can network with IT leaders in the United States.
- by Jonathan Chilton-Towle