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Funding Opportunity for Dunedin Community And Business

FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016

Funding Opportunity for Dunedin Community And Business

Dunedin community groups and businesses with development ideas using the gig are invited to apply for funding from a special pool the city received when it won the Gigatown title.

GigCity Community Fund

As part of the Gigatown prize Chorus pledged $500,000 to assist Dunedin community groups to create initiatives using gig and UFB technology to enhance the development, experimentation and implementation of community, learning and workforce opportunities in the city. A maximum of $20,000 is available per project, unless multiple organisations have collaborated. Applications close on Friday 8 April 2016 before being reviewed by a community panel.

This is the second round of GigCity Community Funding with the following groups receiving funds in the first round:

• Dunedin’s Gasworks Museum to extend IT education for children - $20,000

• Malcam Charitable Trust to develop a Mozilla Hive to connect with youth - $22,000

• St Barnabas Trust to develop an app to manage Meals on Wheels delivery - $20,000

• Urban Dream Brokerage to revitalise vacant shop fronts - $6,000

Applications for the Gig Community Fund must be made on line through the following http://www.gigcitydunedin.co.nz/community-fund/application-form by Friday 8 April 2016.

GigStart Fund

As part of the Gigatown win the city received an additional $200,000 from Chorus and Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent) for Dunedin start-ups to dream big using the gig.



Chair of Startup Dunedin, Nigel Bamford says the GigStart Fund could provide the launch pad for new-to-market UFB-led service concepts. “This exciting opportunity could be a game-changer for a small start up business,” according to Nigel.

The first two rounds of GigStart funding have awarded $107,000. The following start up businesses received funding in the first two rounds:

• Adventure Media Works – online service for the photographic community - $20,000

• Bison - cloud based data management system for the logistics sector - $20,000

• Blue Twist - cloud based systems for the medical sector - $20,000

• Learning with a Difference - animated learning programme for dyslexic children - $12,000

• Photo Toolbox Ltd - cloud based digital asset management system - $20,000

• ResponseAbility - develop an app to help with hazard identification - $15,000

To apply for the Gig Start Fund entrepreneurs must complete the online application at http://www.gigcitydunedin.co.nz and create a short video describing their concept, its benefits and how people will use it. They also need to develop a lean canvas concept business plan and explain why Ultra Fast Broadband is key to the success of the project. Applicants will take part in
a 'Pitch Day' in before the winners are announced.

ENDS.

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