This event will focus on educating the Startup Grind community on the support available to them within the startup landscape in NZ. We are hoping to have a panel of speakers from the likes of The Icehouse, Callaghan Innovation, Te Ohaka, Startmate, Ministry of Awesome etc.
The aim of this event is to give founders and prospective entrepreneurs more information around Accelerators and Incubator's in NZ: What do they look like (time frame, cost, commitment)? Also understand which option might be the most applicable to your startup and where to go to find out more!
Investment Principal and Head of Community
Startmate / Vertus Energy
Startmate Fellow / Co-Founder
Ministry of Awesome
Chief Awesome Officer
Steph has spent her career supporting and growing youth enterprise in NZ through the development of acceleration & incubation programmes, and investment. Now an Investment Principal and Head of Community at Icehouse Ventures, her roles focus on investing in brave founders with unique insights building global companies from NZ while connecting and supporting the 300 startup teams in the IV portfolio.
Jon specialises in building strategies and raising capital for early-stage companies with high growth potential. Based in Auckland, Jon works across capital raises from Seed to Series A stage and beyond and is responsible for preparing companies for investment and connecting them with both domestic and global investors.
Jon has a background as an investment professional, corporate strategist, consultant, and executive focusing on building and growing companies across a range of sectors. Throughout a career spanning both New Zealand and the US, Jon has driven investments into deep-tech start-ups, led M&A activities, and successfully founded and built an animal health biotechnology company specialising in vaccines and diagnostics from scratch to exit.
Jon has a passion for innovation and start-ups with global potential, as well as interest in social ventures and purpose-driven projects. Before joining NZTE, Jon was Investment Manager with deep-tech venture capital firm, WNT Ventures, where he led new investments and held various governance roles with several portfolio companies.
Sustainability entrepreneur with a background in sales and networking. Santiago was part of the Startmate Accelerator in 2021.
His passion is to link the dots between people and ideas to achieve a better, more sustainable and kind world.
Along with his colleagues at Vertus Energy, he is doing a great job fighting climate change and changing the paradigm of how we all see waste.
Marian Johnson has been leading the Ministry of Awesome team since late 2017 helping to drive a dynamic startup and innovation ecosystem that will power NZ’s future success. Marian is deeply passionate about engineering the serendipity required for a successful Kiwi high growth startup community - driving collaboration between founders, investors, government, talent, and corporates. through MoA and their ChristchurchHQ and startup hub Te Ōhaka. Marian believes that increasing participation in NZ’s high growth startups will grow our country’s global relevance and help us attain a sustainable and high value economy. Previous to her role at Ministry of Awesome, Marian spent 15 years developing and executing marketing and business growth strategies for software and tech startups in NZ as well as with Universal Studios and Discovery Networks in the US and Europe.
Startup Grind Auckland
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