Meet Karleigh one of our Startup Weekend participants this year. We met her at our pre-TGASW19 event at Groundswell Festival’s Lunch & Learn at Our Place Tauranga. She was so enthusiastic and listened to Pascale’s lowdown presentation on the Lean Canvas with great amazement.
“I can do this, if you explain it like this. I actually understand how I can make a difference now”
Karleigh decided then and there that she wanted to join us for Tauranga Startup Weekend Sustainable Development Goals. Less than two weeks later the pitches started at Basestation. Wearing autism with pride and educating others along the way this woman truly inspired lots of people this weekend by her personal involvement.
Karleigh was so brave standing up in front of everyone pitching her story about how she wanted to change the system and include people with disabilities. Changing the world towards a sustainable future one step at a time. Developing a platform to bring people with disabilities together and provide resources.
Here at Tauranga Startup Weekend, we aim to be an inclusive bunch. That is why we had a chat with Karleigh about things she needed to make her Startup Weekend experience with us the best one ever.
We created our first ever quiet space for participants to take a break from their teams and disruptions at the venue, provided special food requests executed by Mario hustling up some yummie vegan sushi and preparing finger food for her to enjoy.
Making sure there was always a crew member, facilitator or mentor there to help. That is what the true Startup Weekend community experience is all about.
What can we learn from Karleigh? Well, nothing should stop you from achieving your goals. Ask those questions, join the community and make sure your ideas are heard. Karleigh had an amazing team experience working with different people on projects she never came across before.
"Tauranga Startup Weekend taught me so many things, now I know what I need to do and what I do and do not want for my ideas"
If you want to participate in a future event and have any questions about how we can help you take that next step. Make sure you get in touch!
Are you curious about joining our community? Or do you want to have a chat about opportunities we can provide in the Startup Community, regardless of what disability you might have, contact us!
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Photos by: James Oliver & Salina Galvan Photography
A big thank you goes out to all of the hard work of our volunteers over the weekend as mentors, judges, and our 2019 organising team. This weekend would not be able to be a success without our sponsors for supporting the Startup Weekend community, helping local volunteers, help local entrepreneurs get started!