Techweek Highlight Event

Techweek TV: Based in a region and wanting to create a startup?

This panel discussion looks at the pros and cons of being a startup in the regions, along with the support available to regional startups.

What's it all about?

The number eight wire ingenuity regional Kiwis are famous for is a huge asset to Aotearoa's startup scene, but what might the challenges be for those in the region wanting to startup and need to gain traction.

This session tackles the pros and cons of being a startup in the regions, looks at what support is available, and where to go for advice or assistance.

Learn how to connect with the right people without moving to the city, and take advantage of the live discussion and advice from the panel.  

You can drop into this event at any time.

Nationwide Webcast

Thursday 23 May
9:00am - 9:25am

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Jacob Manning

CEO, Winely

Passionate biotech entrepreneur. Ex-accountant from KPMG. Founded an agtech startup helping emerging organic agricultural practises from 2010-2015. Researcher in Cyanobacterial genomics at Otago University. Mentored agtech tech startups in Australia and New Zealand, Otago University Audacious programme and helped SproutX Melbourne agtech entrepreneurs

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Abbe Hyde

CTO/Co-founder, Winely

Recovering academic! Research background in female entrepreneurs, disruptive innovation, and a recently published research on optimism. Women of Influence Nominee 2016. Australasian Award for research in sustainable transport innovation. Hardware engineer and CTO of Winely where she uses qualitative research frameworks to dive deep into customer pain and solution mapping.

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George Phillips

CTO, CloudCannon

I am the CTO of CloudCannon. I am a Dunedin local who studied Computer Science at Otago University. My cofounder and I started the company in our early twenties, 7 years on I manage a team of 8 in the Dunedin office.

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Sarah Ramsay

Managing Director, Immersion Ventures

Sarah's path to business is what one would call 'non-traditional'. After leaving school and home at 15, Sarah went to Australia as a nanny at 17 and fast forward 20 years of self training and hard yakka - she is now a professional director for several companies and not for profit organisations, Commercial Director and co-owner of high precision engineering firm United Machinists, and an active angel investor.
As Founder and Managing Director for Immersion Marketing for eight years, Sarah oversaw strategy development and implementation for over 100 clients, including major national and international brands. Prior to that Sarah held national marketing and business development roles for NPT Limited in New Zealand, and Colonial First State, Hyperion Asset Management and the Commonwealth Bank in Australia.
Sarah is a passionate Dunedinite and active member of the community, she is currently the Chair of Startup Dunedin and a former Councillor for the Otago Medical Research Foundation, Otago Access Radio and the Dunedin Heritage Prison Trust. She, her husband Alex and their toddler son live off the grid in a forestry block about 30minutes South of Dunedin.

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