Thank you for volunteering to be a mentor for the Soda Inc. NZ Startup Bootcamp! NZ Startup Bootcamp has been developed with the aim of encouraging and inspiring entrepreneurs to take their innovative ideas and turn them into a business reality and we are very excited to have you providing essential advice to our teams over this weekend. 


This page contains information to help you have the most positive experience possible during the Soda Inc. NZ Startup Bootcamp. It includes schedules and other information to ensure that your weekend runs smoothly.

The Team Behind

NZ Startup Bootcamp

Rachel Adams

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Soda Inc. 

Head of Operations

Kyra Piccione

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Soda Inc. 

Events & Comms



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Soda Inc. 

Community Coordinator

Erin Wansbrough

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Soda Inc. 




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WHEN: 27 – 29 March 2020

WHERE: Wintec Atrium, Level 1 Wintec House Nisbet St, Hamilton 

MENTOR SIGN IN: Meet Kyra Piccione at Soda Reception, Level 2, Wintec House, Nisbet St, Hamilton @ 12.30pm.

SEATING: Seating during Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies is on the round tables located around The Atrium. Check the guest list upon arrival to find your table. 

PARKING: Free parking for Mentors is in the Wintec Staff Car Park Building on Nisbet Street. This can be accessed off Ward Street (opposite The Warehouse building and beside the PwC building). You can park anywhere in the building that does not have a company or reserved sign.


MENTOR LOUNGE: The Mentors room is The Long Room. This is where you will read the deliverables and choose the top 6. 

MENTOR LIAISON: Kyra Piccione. 027 363 1171

TXT REMINDERS: You will receive txt reminders and Facebook posts around important deadlines.



New Idea: Participants have an idea and have used this event to get the idea out of their head and on to paper, test it, validate it and see if it's any good. 

Startup: These participants have a startup that is in market (or is soon to be in market) and are not sure what they are doing and want feedback.


*All teams have formed before the weekend begins. Some are business partners - others may have formed a t team simply for the weekend.*

INTERNET ACCESS: Wintec Free Wifi or Soda (password: sodaatmeteor)

PHOTO & FILM: Participants and Mentors agree to being photographed and filmed during this event. Participants and Mentors grant permission for this footage to be used for promotional purposes.

VIDEO REPORT: We encourage Mentors to report progress to the on-site Kapja Kiosk during the 48hours.


  • There are a number of bins placed in and around the venue for you to dispose of your general rubbish.

  • There will also be two recycling stations for paper, plastics, glass bottles and cans. Please do your part and use these for your recycling.

  • Please ensure that when you are recycling your bottles, cans and plastic cups that they are empty before they go into recycling.

  • Please be keep your workstations clear of rubbish. 


  • In the event of a fire, the alarm will sound. Please make your way directly out of the venue via the fire exit doors on to the courtyard. Please wait on the courtyard for further instructions from the fire warden.

  • A Soda team member is the designated fire warden on site until midnight.  From midnight until 6 am there will be an on-site security guard in the venue who will take over the role of fire warden until 6 am when a Soda team member will return.

  • In the event of a medical emergency, please tell the onsite Soda team member or security guard and call 111.

  • Wintec is a non-smoking campus and therefore all guests must smoke off-site (at the bottom of the courtyard stairs to the street). 

  • All accidents or near misses must be reported immediately to a Soda staff member who will then contact the Wintec Venues Team to ensure it is properly reported and recorded.

  • The Wintec venues team, Wintec security and members of Soda staff are trained in first aid. There are first aid kits on site.

  • Wintec also has an on-site 24-hour security guard that can be contacted in an emergency. If you feel unsafe walking to your car, please don’t hesitate to contact them.

  • Laptop and other cables are to be placed out of the way of foot traffic.

  • On Sunday 29th March, at 5.35pm just after Soda Inc. NZ Startup Bootcamp ends. The Soda team will be doing a venue set up in the Atrium to get ready for the evening presentation. At 5.35pm all participants must gather all their belongings and leave the main Atrium area as quickly as possible so that the set up can commence.  Due to health and safety regulations, you must not re-enter the room until the setup is complete.

  • All Emergency contact numbers will be displayed in the Atrium foyer area next to the phone.



We trust that Mentors will manage any conflicts of interest by ensuring that they treat all teams the same, that they are available to all teams, or that they avoid mentoring teams where they feel there is a risk due to conflict. We will have a conflict of interest register available in the Mentor Room all weekend to disclose if you have any issues.



We will have a mentoring issue log sheet in the Long Room for you to record any issues or concerns you have regarding teams and competition rules.

Mentor Approach

MENTOR APPROACH: Mentors are not scheduled with specific teams. This year we have a diverse range of teams with varied skills and their business is at varied stages.  As a mentor, your job is to listen and advise teams on their journey to developing an innovative model, supporting them in validation and asking questions that help them clarify their offer. From your vast industry knowledge, let them know about competing business models and challenge their thinking. 

SPEAKER MENTORING: After the opening ceremony on Friday, the guest speakers will have scheduled time with each team.

FEEDBACK ON DELIVERABLES: Teams submit draft deliverables on Saturday night at 10.30pm. Teams are very keen to receive feedback on these Sunday morning. We usually select two mentors who has the job of ensuring feedback is given to all 20 teams.

Weekend Schedule + Mentor Timetable

Download Below // Subject to Changes 

Weekend Schedule

Mentor Timetable



Fri 27th March, 5.35pm - 6.30pm

Compulsory for all participants // Wintec Atrium // Facilitated by Anna & Georgia Tiatia Fa'atoese Latu


Sat 28th March, 8am - 8.30am

Compulsory for at least 1 member of each team // The Long Room // Facilitated by Richard Chadderton


Sat 28th March, 10am - 10.30am

Compulsory for at least 1 member of each team // The Long Room // Facilitated by Kale Panoho


Sat 28th March, 3pm - 3.30pm 

Compulsory for at least 1 member of each team // The Long Room // Facilitated by Natalie Coombe


Sun 29th March, 8am - 8.30am 

Compulsory for at least 1 member of each team // The Long Room // Facilitated by Elly Strang   


  • Please use  #NZStartupBootcamp in all social media posts

  • Share posts by Soda & NZ Startup Bootcamp social media channels through your personal and company channels

  • Be available for press interviews throughout the weekend

  • Spread the word about how great Soda Inc NZ Startup Bootcamp is!


 Downloadable for your reference

Teams must submit these to admin@sodainc.com by the timelines laid out in the run-sheet. As a mentor you should support them to complete these documents. 


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Venture Name_2019_DeliverableNameFinal


Failure to submit draft and final deliverables on time can result in disqualification.

Page limits will be issued for each written deliverable, only the first pages in the pack provided inside these limits will be presented to the judges. 



One Page 

Business Summary

Judges Criteria

 Download Below

Judges do not get to spend time with the teams so the judges will be reading the teams submitted deliverables and scoring against the following criteria. 

Stage 1 - New Idea Category Judging Criteria

Stage 1 - Existing Startup Category Judging Criteria

Stage 2 - New Idea Category Judging Criteria

Stage 2 - Existing Startup Category Judging Criteria

Meet The Judges


Samantha Wong

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Roman Jewell

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Fix & Fogg


Carmen Vicelich

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Martin Bell

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Auckland University of Technology

Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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