Less is more at Startup Weekend competition

Only time will tell whether the next Google was thought up in Dunedin at the weekend.

Last night marked the end of 54-hour competition Startup Weekend in which budding entrepreneurs worked in teams to develop ideas for new innovative companies.

They are all encouraged to share ideas at the start of the weekend and create teams to form a pitch for some of those businesses

Last night the teams presented for five minutes each at the Otago Business School.

First place went to a group promoting an eco-friendly detergent company called Less.

Members proposed developing tablets with minimal packaging which dissolved in water to create a cleaning solution made from "environmentally friendly" ingredients.

Other ideas included real estate app Timbr, which was for people "flirting" with selling or buying property.

It allowed people to list houses and swipe left or right on what they were interested in in the vein of dating app Tinder.

Another was Scramble, a company aiming to make exercise enjoyable by allowing like-minded people to organise gatherings to exercise together in fun ways.

Event co-ordinator Angus Pauley said the aim was not for people to develop successful start-ups in one weekend.

"It's a bit unrealistic to think that's going to happen in that amount of time, but they can get the taste for entrepreneurship."

Attendees included people in business and tech, designers and developers.

"Some people want to start a business, some do it because they love it and come back every year."

The volunteer-run competition had 65 participants and about 20 crew members and mentors.

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