We have a special connect this month as part of the Taiopenga Hangarau - Rotorua Tech Festival 2018.

Our Connect event provides an opportunity to meet new faces, be inspired from other people’s success and expand your networks.

This event is all about scaling a tech business. We are extremely lucky to have Hadleigh Ford founder of the Bay of Plenty’s successful tech firm SwipedOn to share his journey starting a software-as-a-service company in 2013 through to securing $1 million of angel investment.

*About Hadleigh & SwipedOn:
In 2016, Hadleigh launched the SwipedOn visitor management app, a cloud-based iPad visitor management system that replaces paper-based visitor books, with no financial backing or a sales team.

Two years in the app is now used in more than 2000 cities worldwide and the firm has exceeded $1 million of annual recurring revenue. They also raised $1million in private capital earlier this year.

Callaghan Innovation will provide a “substantial” research and development grant, initially for a three-year term, and will contribute 20 per cent of all eligible spend that SwipedOn makes on research and development, up to $15m.

To help keep up with demand, the company has recently employed five extra full-time staff, and in the next month they plan to open an office in Boulder, Colorado to help service its growing number of American clients.

SwipedOn app success has been recognised with being a finalist in the 2018 NZ High Tech Awards and is a double finalist in Junes’s Bay of Plenty Export Awards.

This free event is part of the Taiopenga Hangarau - Rotorua Tech Festival 2018, sponsored by Rotorua Lakes Council and delivered in partnership with Firestation and Rotorua X.

For the full schedule of events visit: https://thefirestation.nz/techfest18/