Innovation is on the boardroom agenda like never before. Everyone is talking about it, but what is the point of innovation if you cannot transform it into sustainable commercial success?
Join James & Wells, Innovation Council and a host of Kiwi innovators as they travel the country sharing their stories on how they’ve turned their innovation into gold.
With the spotlight on New Zealand’s changing innovation landscape, our panellists will share how to maximise innovation in today’s fragmented and challenging business world, successfully commercialise innovation and build channels to market.
Jon Bridges, Author, TV Presenter and Producer
After an extensive 20-year career in the media, Jon Bridges has now stepped behind the scenes as producer of TV3’s award-winning comedy programme, 7 Days. After earning a Master’s degree, Jon went on to appear in TV shows such as Away Laughing (1991), ground-breaking youth programme IceTV (1995-2000) and Would I Lie to You.
He’s had a diverse media career; from regular Listener columnist, breakfast radio DJ for Channel Z, and blogger for Stuff.co.nz to author, having published four books. His most recent being 2014's best-selling No.8 Rewired – 202 New Zealand Inventions that Changed the World. Co-authored by David Downs, the book celebrates New Zealand inventions while also examining how our number-8 wire mentality may actually be holding us back from making innovation pay in the 21st century.
Ceri Wells, Foundation Partner, James & Wells
Ceri is an experienced attorney and outspoken champion of innovation. With a career spanning 30 years in the intellectual property space, Ceri has grown James & Wells from a one-man band to the internationally recognised firm it is today. He’s passionate about New Zealand and committed to ensuring Kiwi’s don’t miss the opportunities their ideas generate.
Ceri’s experience has given him a great deal of insight into what is limiting New Zealand’s economy. Sharing his views on the challenges Kiwi innovators face, Ceri will explain why he believes dealing in innovation is this country’s next big revenue stream.
Louise Webster, CEO and Founder, NZ Innovation Council
Established in 2009 as a direct response to customer demand for a national business networking group and an innovation-driven community of practice, the NZ Innovation Council has grown to reach 2.6 million people both here and abroad. In 2016, its Founder and CEO, Louise Webster, successfully negotiated a partnership between the NZ Innovation Council with global accountancy and business advisory firm, KPMG. Louise sits on the Innovation Council Advisory Board and leads a team dedicated to helping companies innovate, connect and grow.
With knowledge into New Zealand’s innovation economy and its diverse industries, sectors and business types, Louise will share her insight on the key components enabling Kiwi businesses to grow.
Todd Gisby, CTO, StretchSense
With over 200 customers in 28 countries, StretchSense have successfully taken their award winning wearable sensor technology from Auckland to the world. A clear understanding of the company’s strengths and capabilities have enabled the team to focus on perfecting what they are good at, without re-inventing the wheel.
As a customer-centric business, it’s the frequent conversations had that enable StretchSense to deliver a product their customers actually want – and fast. A short feedback loop enables them to ensure resources are appropriately allocated. Todd Gisby, CTO of StretchSense, will offer his insight on how understanding their customers has been critical to StretchSense’s innovation journey.
Binu Paul, Managing Director, SavvyKiwi
SavvyKiwi is a fintech start-up that helps users choose a KiwiSaver fund and maximise their wealth in retirement. The tool, which is available as an iTunes app and a mobile website, aims to educate and engage Kiwis to better understand who is managing their money, how they’re doing it and where it’s being invested. The online subscription service is a first of its kind available to Kiwis which is also independent from any KiwiSaver scheme providers.
From taking the plunge into entrepreneurship to validating an idea, Binu Paul, SavvyKiwi Founder and Managing Director, will share his commercialisation journey, detailing the challenges entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.
Kirsten Taylor, Founder, SleepDrops International
SleepDrops International is a small Kiwi company taking on the big guys in one of the fastest growing natural health categories worldwide.
Started quite simply out of desperation, the SleepDrops International product range supports sleep in people of all ages, including new-borns. The range has struck a chord with New Zealand’s sleepless and stressed population to become the number one brand.
Company founder and product formulator, Kirsten Taylor, will share what she believes is the winning formulation for turning innovation into commercial success, including the importance of timing your market entry just right.
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