New Zealand technology startup businesses Go Vocab, MyTours, Educa, Luumin, PocketSmith and uSnap.us have been named as finalists in the BNZ Start-up alley competition at next month's Webstock conference in Wellington.
The competition’s winner will receive a prize pack including NZ$10,000 cash and return flights for two to San Francisco.
Webstock Start-up alley judge Harry Ferreira, BNZ Head of Small Business, said these startups were ready to take the next.step.
"The web and tech industries are really setting the standard for New Zealand companies that want to grow and expand New Zealand’s economic potential,” Ferreira said.
The six finalists will pitch their ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges in a Dragons’ Den style event at the conference on the evening of February 16.
The companies are:
Go Vocab - a language learning start-up founded in Wellington at the beginning of 2011, which has already signed up hundreds of teachers and thousands of students across Australia and New Zealand.
MyTours - An easy to use online tour builder for mobile applications that allows customers to build and sell their tours on Smart Phone market places, or give them away for free.
Educa - Educa is a web based application for early childhood education sector, that lets parents engage with preschool teachers and become more involved in their child's development.
Luumin - Lummin is an online to-do list, offering productivity and motivational support for individuals, as well as being a lightweight project management tool for teams.
PocketSmith - A web start-up in the very competitive personal finance management industry, PocketSmith makes a difference by focussing on the visual management of your money in a calendar.
uSnap.us - A concept service enabling wedding parties crowd source photos from their guests via a mobile application, by collecting images live as the wedding unfolds.
Other Start-up Alley judges include TradeMe founder Sam Morgan, co-founder of Sonar6 and the Kiwi Landing Pad John Holt, MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey, and Amy Hoy, founder of Freckle.