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, ExportNZ Christchurch 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.
Dr. Bruce Davey, CEO, ARANZ Medical
Christchurch-based ARANZ Medical are specialists in 3D scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector. Their key innovations are impressive to say the least, with the technology having transformed clinical assessment processes and the quality of care, all the while delivering a cost-effective service.
With their solutions in rapid demand due to the increased prevalence of diabetes, an ageing population, more accountable healthcare and the emerging telehealth trend, Dr. Bruce Davey, CEO, will share how ARANZ Medical has successfully paved its way into the international market. Although the company’s R&D and manufacturing is carried out in Christchurch, 98% of the company’s products are exported to 35 countries.
Amanda Wiggins, Business Development Manager, Forest Herbs Research
Forest Herbs Research Ltd is dedicated to bringing the benefits of New Zealand’s native Horopito plant to the world. For over twenty years, the Company has been harnessing the potent anti-fungal properties of Horopito for human health applications. Sold internationally under the Kolorex® brand, their range of natural health products are created with the company’s own high strength Horopito.
Dr Amanda Wiggins, Business Development Manager, will tell the story of how Forest Herbs Research went from small town New Zealand to doing business on the global stage. With a role responsible for the Company’s growth strategy which includes both market and product expansion, Dr Wiggins will explain how an early R&D programme proved critical to Forest Herbs Research’s success.
Scott Noakes, CEO and Co-Founder, Linewize
The age of digital learning has brought with it a plethora of opportunities to engage students, but like all things it has it challenges, notably concerns for online safety. That’s where Linewize comes in. It’s the company behind the cloud-based open source firewall that manages internet access at schools. Proactive on two key fronts, the software protects students from inappropriate content all the while enabling those very students to be accountable for the content they access through experiential education.
So how did a company with very little capital grow to reach a staggering $5 million valuation in just three years? Scott Noakes, Co-Founder and CEO, will discuss how Linewize’s business model has engaged staff to help drive innovation, and how such a set-up has enabled them to tackle scalability and future growth opportunities.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Rachel Mayall, Communications and BD Executive, at email@example.com or on 09 914 6740 with your questions.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
That's fine, just bring your ticket along with you.