A group of Bay of Plenty college students have earned national recognition by developing and selling thousands of dollars worth of educational cards. They say the experience of building a business has been priceless - and a big opportunity could be in their future.

Put 55 entrepreneurs, developers, and designers together in one room and they'll establish a Startup Enterprise in 54 hours (with mentors, tools, food and stationery provided of course)! 

Here is the list of mentors, their superpowers, conveniently organised in their 'SuperPower Team' so that you know who to call on for what. 

Choice and Squawk Squad are Social Enterprises that are addressing significant social and environmental issues. Both are founded by Alex, who will be at next week's Social Innovation Opportunity and Tauranga Startup Weekend 

Meet Leonie, with this being her fifth time mentoring, she knows Startup Weekend more than your average Joe (or should I say Jane) and is ready to help get some ideas off the ground! 

This is one entrepreneur you’ll want to meet - Laura is a founder, investor and mentor in deep tech start-ups - intellectual property rich and bleeding edge opportunities

Safe Surfer is a Tauranga-based social enterprise established in 2016 by Rory Birkbeck and fellow IT expert Aaron Sinclair.

What does social innovation mean and what is the potential of social innovation to help us tackle pressing social and environmental issues and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

She’s all about social entrepreneurship - meet Kristen; a writer, producer, and social entrepreneur who has crossed the fence to join the impact investing scene. 

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