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 Bay of Plenty 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 Innovation Council with global accountancy and business advisory firm, KPMG. Louise sits on the NZ 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.
Karl Gradon, CEO, New Zealand Mānuka Group
Established back in 2011 by collaborating with local iwi landowners, New Zealand Mānuka Group is one of New Zealand’s premier Mānuka honey brands, and is the Mānuka industry’s leading advocate for fairness and transparency. Over 90 per cent of its product is exported, so it comes as no surprise that its offshore efforts were recognised at this year’s ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Awards. The company was awarded the Page Macrae Engineering Innovation in Export Award while Founder Phil Caskey walked away with the Beca Export Achievement Award.
Central to its success has been the focus on forming collaborative partnerships within the community and disrupting the industry’s status-quo. With extensive global leadership experience in the primary, nutrition and food industries across diverse locations, Karl Gradon, CEO, will share New Zealand Mānuka Group’s insight into taking innovation through to market.
Jason Low, Head of Design and Innovation, Trimax Mowing Systems
Trimax pride themselves on being the global market leader of premium wide area mowing equipment. Ingrained in the Trimax innovation culture is a strong customer centric focus which drives product development – instead of pushing a product to market based on assumptions or what they think is an innovative idea, Trimax connect with customers as part of their NPD process.
Jason Low, Head of Design and Innovation, will detail how customers have been have been central to Trimax’s success story, and how involving customers in the NPD process has challenged and transformed its products to better meet their customers’ needs.
Jennifer Boggiss, Director and Founder, Heilala Vanilla
From humble beginnings partnering with restaurants such as Depot and Miann, to teaming up with some of New Zealand’s most loved and recognisable brands – Lewis Road Cremery and Whittakers to name a few – Heilala Vanilla have developed and implemented a successful co-branding strategy to increase brand awareness and drive revenue growth
So how did a ‘plantation to pantry’ vanilla business do it? Jennifer Boggiss, Director of Heilala Vanilla, will explain how co-branding and collaborations have enabled the Tauranga-based company to extend its reach across a number of categories outside its niche baking aids category.
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