Samsung Springboard is calling all Kiwi tech companies

Samsung Springboard is a competition designed to cast the spotlight on savvy and innovative Kiwi tech leaders. Learn more on how to enter and what you could win!

Samsung and The Icehouse have teamed up to launch Samsung Springboard. Targeting local technology start-ups and SMEs with the potential for global success, this competition will offer finalists a range of mentoring and networking opportunities and resources, with the grand prize including a cash investment of $30,000NZD.

Entries close on September 20 with the selected finalists set to compete in a live pitching event on November 5.

As part of the Samsung Springboard program, the five finalists will have access to leading business mentors and workshops to perfect their pitch.  Winners will be selected by a panel comprising of some of the most influential Kiwi business leaders.

As well as the top cash prize and potential to connect into the global Samsung network, special prizes include $10,000 developer funding, a tenancy at Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco including flights, Samsung products and workshops from The Icehouse.

Kenny Yeon, Managing Director of Samsung New Zealand, says the idea of the Samsung Springboard came from their aspiration to offer a leg up to New Zealand’s emerging tech entrepreneurs 

“With our international profile and commitment to changing the world through innovation, Samsung initiated Springboard as an excellent way of elevating our local business talent, and encouraging development in the local technology sector."

The Icehouse jumped straight on board when Samsung pitched the idea to them. Andy Hamilton, CEO, says this programme is a great fit with them. 

“The Icehouse is all about growing Kiwi businesses and we’re committed to creating a high performing New Zealand economy where ideas and businesses thrive. We saw the Samsung Springboard as a great programme that aligned with our core values and also a chance to celebrate and raise awareness for Kiwi tech talent and innovation."

So what are you waiting for - enter here!

Emily is a Senior Advisor in the Deloitte marketing team who knows that behind every great business lies a great story. She loves talking to inspiring people who are thinking outside the box to create a thriving SME sector in New Zealand.