“What will you do with the time that is given to you?” // Week#10 AKL Final Showcase

Time has gone by so fast! We have come to the end of the programme; the teams have worked their hearts out, pitched their passions and have gone on their way to create change in New Zealand and beyond. For many this is only the beginning and we recognise the strange transition from working in a collaborative space to working individually is not an easy feat.

For once we were all together for a group photo. Say cheese!

For once we were all together for a group photo. Say cheese!

It’s been a crazy ride filled with smiles, kindness and laughter of those determined enough to take on this journey. We’ve shed both tears of joy and frustration as we struggled with the challenge of wrapping our minds around the amount of content squashed into a tiny ten weeks. We’ve shaken hands with new business contacts across Auckland who’ve gone on to become our ambassadors and champions. We’ve had tea and cake with those who’ve continued to support us through our journey and it’s a privilege to say that they’ll remain life-long friends, mentors and partners.

Ta-da! We present to you the amazing Live the Dream 2014/15 AKL Dream Team! All ramped and ready to deliver their pitches.

Ta-da! We present to you the amazing Live the Dream 2014/15 AKL Dream Team! All ramped and ready to deliver their pitches.

We’ve built a family over the last ten weeks; one of doers, of change makers, of those that really do want to see a difference and those who strive towards that everyday. This isn’t an opportunity that you get everyday. But it sure is one that you should take if you ever get the chance.

On the night of Wednesday 18th February over 150 people took their seats in the beautiful KPMG building right on the Auckland waterfront and nestled in for a night of enlightenment. Enlightenment in the sense that all of the teams spoke with an enthusiasm and a passion that they brought with them the first time they retold their story and their venture. Each participant spoke with the pride and conviction of an idea bigger than just ten weeks in the making. What an incredible night it was, so thank you to our amazing audience members and the team at KPMG because without you the night wouldn’t have been the raving success it was! Once again a huge congratulations to our ventures who took on the challenge and welcomed it with open arms, fears were conquered and nerves put aside, you guys did an awesome job! For more photos visit our Facebook page and to catch all of the live action visit Twitter!

Group photo of all of the participants pre-pitches... This photo says it all! Pitches are about to start and there were a lot of nerves in the room. They had no need to worry, they all did swimmingly!

This photo says it all! Pitches are about to start and there were a lot of nerves in the room. They had no need to worry, they all did swimmingly!

Wishing all of our Live the Dream 14/15 teams the best of luck for their ventures, future projects and for the challenges they will face along the way. You’re an incredible bunch, go show the world just that!

To all of the teams, the AKL core crew are wishing you best wishes for your bright futures!

All the best with love from the AKL core crew! 

I (Nelzy) would also like to take this time to reflect on the Live the Dream experience and to thank those who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to read my posts and re-live each person’s story. I truly believe that this summer has changed me for the better; I will treasure the friendships that I have made with such a diverse and inspirational pool of people, of whom I would never have gotten the chance to meet otherwise. It has been an absolute pleasure to do an interview each week and to hear such a true story, one from the heart and to hear the passion, conviction and belief in each and every idea. These people are change makers, I know it. They each possess the ability to build and to grow, to be resilient yet open, and to remain true to themselves and their ideas. It has been a pleasure to be a part of Live the Dream and to share these stories, thank you for reading!

I would like to leave you with something to ponder, words of wisdom shared with us on our last day from the lovely Rupert Ross, he said…

“What will you do with the time that is given to you?”

 

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