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Entrepreneurs take top three spots in start-up competition

Success: Sam Jones and Hannah Duder pitching their business at the Webstock competition. Photo: Webstock.

17 February 2016

Canterbury entrepreneurs have taken out the top three placings at Webstock's national start-up competition recently - with the winners taking home $20,000 in prize money.

It's being dubbed a "huge success" by UC Innovators' manager Dr. Rachel Wright, who said three of the six finalists have gone through the Canterbury University programme.

"I'm just so proud and absolutely blown away by the talent we have here. We've become a real hotbed for innovative thinking and collaboration [post-quake] and that's starting to really show through".

Top place was taken out by Little Yellow Bird, which sells ethical, organic business shirts.

LYB founder Sam Jones said she was "just so excited" to even be a finalist at the competition.

Business partner Hannah Duder said winning, and receiving $20,000 in prize money, was an "overwhelming feeling".

"It just so helps with what we can do with our business over the next few months."

The two have recently started a trial run with Christchurch-based company WooHoo NZ Tax Refunds, and say "quite a few" new contracts are in the works.

Second place at the national competition went to tech start-up Vizbot, which aims to help property owners navigate the complicated building consent process.

In third was Wireless Guard, a sensor platform which helps improve home security by keeping track of open doors and windows.

Click here to see article in The Star.

For more information contact:

Dr Rachel Wright, UC Operations Director Centre for Entrepreneurship
Phone: (03) 364 2981 Ext. 6062  Email: rachel.wright@canterbury.ac.nz


Emma-Jane McLennan, Reporter, The Star Canterbury
Phone: (03) 379 7100 Email: emma-jane.mclennan@starmedia.kiwi

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