Startups looking for their next stage of development don't have to go it alone! Business incubators and accelerators are an invaluable resource to Startups. Incubators help new companies get established by providing support such as mentoring, management training and office space. Accelerators are fixed-term programs that focus on speeding up growth for companies who are relatively established. This can include seed investment, connections, mentorship, educational components, and generally build up to a public pitch or demo day.
Learn more about the definitions and benefits of each, how to get involved in Aotearoa and the best way to approach these organisations. The Q&A session following is a rare opportunity to ask the experts your burning questions.
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Imche is passionate about supporting New Zealand’s deep technology industries. She works with science and tech start-ups as the General Manager of LevelTwo and is an advocate for investing for the long term in companies that solve global problems. She is also the CEO of Chiasma, an organisation which teaches soft skills and commercial know-how to hard science tertiary students. Though she is supporter of all facets of deep technology, she has a background and particular interest in biotechnology ventures. She sits on a number of investment committees and is a mentor to several young entrepreneurs.
Dr. Garkavenko has more than 20 years’ experience in biotechnology/biomedicine R&D, product development and regulatory compliance. Dr. Garkavenko consults globally on cell and regenerative therapies and holds several patents for inventions related to cell biology. As a Head of Molecular Diagnostics, Regional Director and Vice President of R&D at a New Zealand leading biomedical company, she was involved in operations as well as strategic planning and development. Her expertise in microbiological safety of animal-derived products was critical to the approval of bio-medical products for human transplantation. She is recognized as a world expert on the health status of pigs intended for xenotransplantation.
Anand Ranchord is an investor, entrepreneur, strategist and currently leads the Kiwi Fintech Accelerator, a partnership between New Zealand’s leading fintech players to launch and grow the next wave of ventures pioneering the future of financial services.
Anand has gained recognition as a pioneer and a visionary in the financial services industry, and for his expertise in product design, customer experience and strategy. He has guided innovative and strategic enterprise deployments for Kiwibank, Westpac, advised on New Zealand’s largest business and ICT transformation for IRD, and founded an eCommerce startup.