Over the weekend our team helped pack down our 30th event for the month. 30 events by mid-month, filled with fascinating people sharing their great ideas, tales of startup and more. But just a mere blip in what has happened in at GridAKL over the last three years.
That’s right, over the weekend we turned three.
It all started with an idea and a rabbit warren of a building just down the road from where our first permanent home – Lysaght, now stands.
[GridAKL Polperro building gallery – click images to scroll through gallery]
At GridAKL Polperro our early days meant a handfull of residents, then a few more, then grappling with being full – with no more space for new folks to join us. We spun up an event space and started meeting, wrangling and hosting interesting folks
Our building was home to the likes of This Data and Koordinates, CloudM and Weirdly. On the ground floor the folks from Lightning Lab Auckland poured their heart and soul into their ideas (that’s when the space was not a hive for the folks from Startup Weekend).
[The John Lysaght Building being built out– click images to scroll through gallery]
Time flew by and before we knew it we were moving up the road to the John Lysaght Building – with a bright new event space and even more room for new folks to start their ideas in our Tech Cafe. Upstairs, the folks from BizDojo moved in to run the coworking space bringing new faces into the fold of the familiars with their focus on founders and support.
As we step into our third year of GridAKL goodness so much is ahead of us, and we cannot wait to share more about this with you all soon.
In the meantime, enjoy this walk down memory lane and a huge thank-you from our team to you – the event organisers, the startup folk, the interesting people doing great stuff, the international visitors, experts and more. If you have run a meetup, attended an event, met someone in the cafe or have been a resident with us (or will be soon), thank you for being part of the GridAKL story.
[Recent cool stuff happening at GridAKL Lysaght – click images to scroll through gallery]