One of the most important processes we step people through at Venture Centre is Idea Validation. Now is your chance to learn from one of the world's experts at upcoming Validation Workshop with expert guest Peter Simon on February 2nd, 2016.

Before you spend any time (or money) building your product, going through the rigorous process of making sure people will actually buy what you intend to sell greatly increases your chance of success.

WNT Ventures, the Bay of Plenty’s own technology incubator, and Callaghan Innovation have brought Peter Simon, founder of Simon Management Group, Boston, USA to New Zealand to give a masterclass in doing validation the right way.

Venture Centre is pleased to be able to partner with WNT Ventures and Callaghan to bring this opportunity exclusively to Bay of Plenty entrepreneurs.

Peter is the recognised expert in the validation process. His services are used by successful entrepreneurs such as Dr Rob Adams who has founded or financed more than 40 companies that have launched more than 100 products with transactions exceeding one billion dollars of capital.

This workshop will be kept very small so all who attend can interact directly with Peter and have the opportunity to get his advice for their specific project and product development plans.

What you will learn:

  • The details of designing, conducting, and extracting intel to build your product and business
  • How to anticipate the resources, skills, information, and time needed to conduct market validation projects.
  • Develop capabilities so you can conduct on-going market validation actions as your product and business grows.
  • How validation supports company operations and strategic decision-making.
  • Understand where to apply market validation initiatives and set expectations.
  • How to get most value from market validation using your specific situations and resources.

Date: Tuesday 2nd February

Time: 9am - 12pm

Venue: Basestation, 148 Durham Street, Tauranga

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About Peter Simon

Prior to founding Simon Management Group in 1989, Peter Simon worked for more than fifteen years as a senior manager and consultant for technology-based companies. At Bain and Company, in Boston and London, Peter worked as a consultant and manager on both strategy and implementation projects. Peter served as General Manager of Business Applications at Lotus Development Corporation and as Vice President of Marketing at Banyan Systems.

About WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures is a technology incubator that invests into IP-rich technologies out of Universities, CRIs and the private sector. It provides capital, support and experience at an early stage in the development of the technology to fast-track successful outcomes. As a general rule WNT Ventures invests at a post-research, pre angel/VC stage in global opportunities where capital and strong local and international networks will add significant value. Carl Jones, CEO call’s the incubators focus “investing where Angels fear to tread” but more formally it provides a pre-Seed or Seed investment and leverages access to the Callaghan Repayable Loan scheme.


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