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Kiwi startup heads to New York for Next Web Conference

Kiwi company Planit has been selected to exhibit at the Next Web Conference in New York next month. 

The Auckland-based software company is one of 100 startups selected of a group of 1500 worldwide, and is the only New Zealand company a part of the pack.

The New York conference is in its third year and is expected to draw a crowd of 1500 people, including entrepreneurs and leading industry decision makers.

Roger Williams, Planit co-founder, says the company was chosen because of its advanced technology platform and how it is disrupting the archaic electricity, power utility space.  

“We are excited about getting the chance to pitch at the Next Web Conference in New York,” Williams says. “We have a good following on Twitter and we are part of The Icehouse incubator who also support and promote our business. 

“The New Zealand Technology Industry Association is also helping,” he adds.

“We are helping utility companies reduce costs and reduce risk of damage by protecting their investment,” Williams explains. “We are reducing the downtime commonly associated with communication lag from problem to rectification.

“We want to become the largest provider of high quality utility infrastructure management solutions locally and globally,” he  says. 

Planit can access data directly from a server, plot it on an interactive map and feed it directly to users through mobile and desktop devices. Williams says the software is changing the way utilities plan and is helping utilities create business value faster.

The Next Web Conference is running a public vote competition for the start-ups for the chance to pitch to over 1500 global investors. Only 24 companies get chosen. 

Williams says Planit aims to encourage more votes and get more awareness so that it makes the top 24. 

Planit is the only New Zealand company among the 100 Promising Early Stage companies and it can be selected as one of the 24 that get to do a live pitch at the event. The New Zealand tech company is currently sitting at 31 on the leader board.