6 Apr 2010

Dazzle shines among start-up peers

7:01 am on 6 April 2010

Ticketing service Dazzle Tickets has been named as New Zealand's best new start-up business idea at the Telecommunications Industry Group's recent inaugural Launch Pad competition.

The online service allows people to register an event, create tickets, advertise, track revenues, and collect proceeds from ticket sales.

Nick Schembri and Chris Smith came up with the idea in 2008, when a fraternity they started at Victoria University could not find a suitable ticketing system to use for orientation events.

The university picked up the system and used it to manage orientation events in 2009, and the platform has since been used to handle tickets for 130 events in Wellington.

Mr Schembri says the company will launch nationwide in a few months time, and international expansion could be on the cards down the track.

Mr Smith says the online system has been key to building the company so quickly.

Mr Schembri, 21, and has finished a Bachelor of Commerce but has put his law degree on hold to manage the company.

Chris Smith, 22, has also put his degree on hold to focus on the company, which already has three developers on staff.

Mr Smith says starting a business at such a young age has been challenging at times.

Dazzle Tickets is one of the start-up businesses currently working under the guidance of the Wellington business incubator Creative HQ.