Nelson’s newest companies launched at StartUp weekend

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A mentor at Nelson’s StartUp Weekend “ate humble pie” when he watched team Bleeep deliver their presentation, a web browser plugin designed to censor online films to make them more family friendly.

Team Bleeep were told “yeah nah, it’s not going to happen” when they initially pitched their idea in front of around 100 Entrepreneurs, designers and developers from around the region.

Bleeep team members David Hutchinson, Eddy Cowdrey, Rebekah Siame, Paul Devine and Craig Agnew, show off their prototype video censor at the Nelson Startup prize giving. PHOTO: Jacob Chandler
Bleeep team members David Hutchinson, Eddy Cowdrey, Rebekah Siame, Paul Devine and Craig Agnew, show off their prototype video censor at the Nelson Startup prize giving.
PHOTO: Jacob Chandler

Rebekah Siame, a marketing member of Bleeep, says they got quite a reaction when the team managed to create a working web browser plugin with only six hours of coding on Sunday morning.

“It’s about putting the power back in the parent’s hands. It’s designed to work on any platform from Netflix to YouTube.”

Bleeep was one of the two teams that took out top prize at the Nelson StartUp Weekend, the other being team Keen who have designed a new way for employers to connect with temporary workers.

The teams will share the top prize including six months of co-working space at the Bridge Street Collective, accounting and business advice and a place on the forthcoming Co.Starters programme.

Innovate Nelson manager Matt Peacey says the prizes are designed to help the teams to further expand on their business plans.

“Both teams are quite keen to go further but they need to work out how to do that. That’s why the prizes are quite structured towards this.”