Week Four at the R9 Accelerator… short, hectic, in need of a pick-me-up…? That’s what puppies are for! #AcceleratorLife


Both weeks three and four have been short weeks with the Easter Weekend, and so felt pretty packed.

It was also a bit hectic, as our trusty Programme Coordinator, Lingy had managed to land himself in hospital – in Auckland!
Thankfully, we are able to provide him with plenty of light-hearted updates… including a refreshed (themed) version of our ‘HitSquad’ mascot…

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Pictures: Rob’s sketch of the new HitSquad ‘Lingy’-themed bunny, and the T-shirt we sent as a ‘thinking of you’ gift…

Genuinely though – I think I can speak on behalf of everyone at R9 – Lingy, we hope you make a speedy recovery!


Lab Tech Life

We’re now a third of the way through the R9 Accelerator programme.
So ideally, most of the teams have been making headway to form define their problem area in more detail and the relevant customer segment.

Kelly and I continued working on the overview chart of the different visa types (and their relative requirements) for team Traject, and I produced their draft business cards in preparation for some of their meetings.

I worked on some draft logo concepts for Business Buddy. Business Buddy are working on an opportunity from Customs, looking at how to make the exporting process simpler for businesses. (Check out their progress here)

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Pictures:
Initial sketches for the Business Buddy logos
Draft business cards for Traject, in preparation for some of their meetings.

Playing with the Pups

As a post-Easter treat for us, there were visitors from the SPCA over at the R9 ‘sister’ programme (Lightning Lab XX).

It was a mid-week pick-me-up, to go and play (for a donation) with the animals they had brought in.
Definitely recommend taking a break from work to do something like this, and lift the morale.

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Pictures:
Rob researched some extra HitSquad bunny concepts… (Thanks Rosie for the extra pics)
Jewel (and brother Bruce were there)
As well as this little guy, getting protected from the puppies (who just wanted to play…) by Rosie
And the CoHelix team turned up to cuddle the rabbits