While most local tech entrepreneurs would be familiar with the Lean Startup Methodology and the annual conference held in San Francisco every year, not many have had the opportunity to attend such an event. Over the years many coworking spaces have partnered with Lean Startup Co to live stream the event to an Australian and New Zealand audience. However in October this year, Wellington-based startup incubator and accelerator space/program Creative HQ will be holding the first ever on-the-ground version of the conference called Lean 15.
The conference which will take place from October 5th to 7th will revolve around disruptive innovation and the use of The Lean Startup Methodology in large organisations and startups alike. Made famous by Silicon Valley based entrepreneur Eric Ries, the Lean Startup Methodology provides a simple framework for businesses to maximise their impact within an industry while using minimal resources at a rapid pace.
Creative HQ was launched back in 2003, which could be described as the formative years of incubation for the region. The space was originally set up by a local politician who thought it would be a great way to stimulate the local early-stage startup ecosystem. Creative HQ has been using Lean Startup Methodology with its ventures for over 10 years and CEO Stefan Korn sees a far wider use for the methods than just applying it to startups.
“Corporates and government have just as much, if not more to gain from working Lean,” says Korn. “Including learning how to move at rapidly, scale efficiently and operate in conditions of extreme uncertainty.”
Lean 15 is being supported by Callaghan Innovation, Grow Wellington and Deloitte, and will bring together six of the world’s leading experts on the topic to share the case studies and actionable processes that are currently shaping the future of business. Keynote speakers at the event include US-based Lean experts like David Bland, Alistair Croll and Josh Seiden who work with Fortune 500 companies, as well as the United States Government on the implementation of lean innovation practices within large organisations.
The format of the conference will be a blend of best practice keynotes and hands-on workshop style sessions that will provide a range of support to people that are new to the Lean Startup and push seasoned practitioners who want to dive deeper into methods.
“Lean Startup Methodology is tried and tested in the Northern Hemisphere but still a relatively new concept in Australasia,” says Callaghan Innovation’s Business Acceleration Manager, Cath Hopkin. “We are keen to see the impact this kind of thinking will have on organisations aiming to stay competitive in the face of highly dynamic market forces.”
Early bird tickets are currently on sale (for a limited time), with workshop only or full conference tickets both available. More information on the conference is available via lean15.co.nz
Featured image: Stefan Korn, CEO, Creative HQ. Source: Provided.