Team Poppins wins Startup Weekend Kapiti

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Theta’s Emerging Technologies Architect Jim Taylor was part of the winning team at the recent Startup Weekend Kapiti. Team Poppins’ idea was to connect people who need childcare with childcare providers.

Startup Weekend Kapiti, like other startup weekends around the world, is a fun way for people to learn how to be better entrepreneurs, ideas people, developers, tech leads, hackers, doers and designers. Over the course of the weekend, participants got to develop and validate their ideas, build a working prototype or element of their product, show feasibility and consider their business model, costs and pricing.

Says Jim: 

“The weekend was a great chance to engage with the whole startup process – from idea through to execution. Technical development is just part of the story.”

Jim worked with business analyst Helen Horrell to develop her startup idea, with help from designer and mentor Ross Allen and coaching from Dan Khan rounding out the team.

The team’s idea was based on a more flexible way of delivering an accessing childcare. “People’s childcare requirements vary greatly, and at different times people need different things,” says Jim.

During the weekend, Team Poppins developed a way for customers to register and rank their childcare needs and wants, and be matched according to their preferences with providers. They also surveyed customers to help validate and refine their idea, and got plenty of pitch practice, as well as helpful feedback and questions from the judges.

All the hard work paid off with a win!

Watch this video to learn more about the weekend.