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The End Is Just the Beginning

R9 Accelerator Programme Manager, Shawn Michael O’Keefe After three intense months of problem discovery, prototyping with customers, developing innovative solutions and testing business models -- the R9 teams debuted their insights and outcomes on R9 Demo Day. And...

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The End of a Programme, The Beginning of the Future

After three months in the programme, R9 Accelerator 3+ teams pitched to their biggest audience on Thursday 8 June. Over 400 attendees arrived at the Embassy Theatre for Demo Day, the programme’s culmination event. The event was attended by a diverse crowd of...

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With a Little Help from Angels, Sharks & Demons

Angels. Sharks. Dragons. Whatever you call experienced startup investors, they are not shy in sharing their thoughts on what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to growing a business. In the final weeks of the programme, the eight R9 Accelerator teams are fortunate...

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R9 Accelerator 3+ Teams Impress Minister

            Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean said she was impressed by the problem-solving potential of R9 Accelerator teams, after a visit to the Accelerator on 8 May. Ms Dean was given presentations by three of the R9 Accelerator...

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Report from ‘GovTech is the New Black’ – a 7×7 Event

  Techweek ‘17 event ‘GovTech is the New Black’ was hosted by R9 Accelerator on Friday 12 May at BizDojo Wellington. The GovTech themed event was presented in 7x7 format, featuring seven speakers presenting for seven minutes each. Speakers ranged from private...

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Expectations versus Reality

R9 Accelerator 3+ Teams Reveal We asked each R9A3+ team the following questions and got some interesting answers: Where is your team in terms of developing a solution, and how does this compare to where you expected to be at this point in the programme? How does this...

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Accelerator teams move into next phase

Over the past few weeks each of the Result 9 Accelerator 3+ teams has been delving deeply into its own opportunity to solve problems in dealing with government – such as the difficulty in applying for a government grant, the amount of administration involved in...

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Not If, But When

By R9 Accelerator Programme Manager, Shawn Michael O’Keefe "The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity." – Joshua Waitzkin  Life happens – from...

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The Halfway Point is the Hardest Part

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt Weeks five and six are perhaps the most critical weeks of the R9 Accelerator, as teams focus their efforts on testing innovative solutions with customers. It's a time when teams are feeling the pressure...

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Build, Measure, Learn: The True Value of a MVP

There can be a temptation in business to launch a product based on a good idea with the hope that ‘if you build it, they will come’. Entrepreneurs can spend years building a solution without testing the product’s suitability only to have their business fail to attract...

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Why Mentoring Matters: The Importance of a Stellar Mentor

Mentorship is a crucial part of growing a budding startup into a thriving business and selecting the right mentor(s) can be just as much like dating as is finding co-founders. To emphasize the importance of this matching process and shine a light on some of its...

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Roadblocks and the Importance of Mentorship

R9 Accelerator Programme Manager, Shawn Michael O’Keefe "So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard." - Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder Here come the roadblocks. After weeks of studying...

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Foundations for the Journey Ahead

R9 Accelerator Programme Manager, Shawn Michael O’Keefe I'm thrilled to report that we've had a fantastic start to the R9 Accelerator 3+ programme. Much like a new dad, I'm proud of the culture our eight teams have co-designed and implemented in such a short time —...

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My R9 Rev Up Experience – Paul Dowd

The following is a guest post by Paul Dowd. He attended R9 Rev Up at the end of January and has written a thorough recap of an entrepreneur's experience at the event. Great read! -- The morning of RevUp 2017 had arrived. I was excited; it isn’t often that a...

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