EVENT RECAP: Coffee & Jam #219


Speaker One: Lab5 pitches 

Lab5 is an entrepreneurial programme that we are running where we take year 10 Christ's College students out of school for the week and immerse them in the entrepreneurial community. Over the week they rapidly prototype an idea in an area where they see has a problem that they can solve. Below is an overview of the ideas that the students pitched at Coffee and Jam. 

Youth Den 

Youth Den is a hub for youth aged between 12-17. It is a place that encourages face to face interaction and tries to discourage the use of devices. There will be a variety of activities offered for you to engage in and be primarily run by volunteers. They are wanting to find an open industrial space in the Christchurch CBD so that it is easily accessible. 

A Greener ChCh 

A Greener ChCh is an initiative that aims to have more green spaces in the Christchurch CBD. They want to encourage people to get outside of the office and to make the city look more attractive and inviting. The team will look at working with the City Council to talk to land owners and provide some funding for the project.  

The Carbon Collector 

The carbon Collector is a product that aims to decrease the amount of carbon that cars emit. The emissions that are collected will be used to help other initiatives like biofuel. The team is looking for feedback as to whether this product is even possible to make and are looking to do more research on the topic. 

The Great Outdoors 

The Great Outdoors is an adventure park that has a variety of activities for people to do. These range from mountain biking to clay bird shooting. It will be located outside of a major city in the country and targeted at tourists, families and sports enthusiasts. 


Speaker Two: Donna Morris pitching Webfair. 

Webfair is run by a team made up of 3 Mothers and 2 Fathers. They are everyday people, bringing to life some of those many conversations about how they can make a difference. WebFair is a new concept in Fund Raising and was born in our very own Canterbury. WebFair invites people to GIFT items online with Community groups help.

The community groups that have been involved so far range from Gapfiller, St Johns to Rugby Clubs. 

How it works : 

Register - Start by setting up an account. 

Gift to the community - Choose an item, (new or used) to gift.  Load your item onto the WebFair website and choose the Fair to receive the proceeds of your sale.

Webfair Auction - The auction will run between certain dates and anyone can bid on items. Once the auction closes you are free to pick up your item/ gift. 

Webfair community wins- Following the auction, the community group will collect their funds. 

The Fair that is currently running is for The Goodshop. Check it out here. 



Stephano is trained in Industrial Engineering and is looking for work opportunities in the innovation scene - his email is e.debermardi.buzeta@gmail.com

Bree announced that the new food product Local Quinoa (grown in Methven) is available for purchase at Piko Wholefoods. 


Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurially-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, meet people, learn and share in a creative space, hear about other events in Christchurch and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com.