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2019 Head Start for Start Ups Pitch Night

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The Common

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1 Faraday St

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We’re giving NZ Start Ups a real head start on success!

New Zealand has always been a nation of smart thinkers and go-getters – Kiwis love nothing more than working hard to see an idea come to life, and for 5 finalists from around NZ this will be their chance to show just how smart they are.

Join us as 5 finalists will pitch their start up idea, or existing start up business, to a panel of expert judges. The winner will walk away with a $10k cash injection plus a swag of other incredible prizes to give their start up a head start. We’re also giving $1,000 to each of the 4 runner-ups.

Guests will have the opportunity to network with other like-minded people to grow their network and connect with experts within the start up ecosystem.

Entry is FREE, but please register early to secure your spot.

AGENDA:

6:00pm Arrive for drinks and canapes
6:30pm – 7:30pm Start up pitching! (5-7min + Q&A and feedback)
7:30pm – 8:15pm Judges deliberation
8:15pm Winner announced!
8:15pm – 9:00pm Celebration & networking

Drinks and canapes provided.



MEET THE JUDGES:

Ingrid Cronin-Knight, MYOB

Ingrid is Country Manager for MYOB in New Zealand. She works with small and medium business, bookkeepers and accountants to help them succeed. Her functions include marketing, indirect and direct sales, business development and support operations. Ingrid’s key focus is to help shape the accounting and bookkeeping industry, advocate on behalf of small business owners to make business life easier and ensure that our products meet the needs of our clients now and in the future.

Aisha Ross, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Aisha is of Ngāruahine, Taranaki and Te Ati Awa whakapapa. As Director - Innovation and Development at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Aisha leads initiatives such as Kōkiri - Māori-led business accelerator, Pakihi – Māori business capability programme, and newly launched Ahikōmako - Centre of Māori Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about igniting Māori entrepreneurial potential, start-up and business success, that contributes to the prosperity of our people.

Debra Chantry, Founder & Entrepreneurial Coach at The Common

Debra is a an Entrepreneurial Leadership Coach who has worked with many top incubators in NZ such as The Icehouse, Lightning Lab & 0. Ventures. She also runs Ventell, a coaching agency. Debra has recently opened The Common, which is a business community and space designed to help support entrepreneurs achieve their professional and personal goals. In the last 8 years, Debra has worked with over 300 businesses and their owners – many of these have gone on to win awards for growth. Debra’s passion is seeing entrepreneurs succeed. She uses her mix of academic knowledge and practical experience to achieve this.

Penny Burgess, General Manager, ANZ Retail & Business Banking

Penny Burgess is General Manager, ANZ Retail & Business Banking Auckland and Northern. Penny leads a team of people who are passionate about helping customers achieve their goals. Whether that is buying their first home or operating a business, ANZ has the expertise and the tools to help make things easier. Penny has more than 15 years’ experience in banking, having worked across multiple areas including credit and operational risk, operations and customer service. She is a keen housing fanatic and proud supporter of ‘NZ Inc’

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