Month: June 2020

Alumni: Tim Foley

Tim Foley took part in Venture up 2017, our leading entrepreneurship programme for NZ’s young leaders. During his time at VU in Auckland, he worked on a validating a business idea called SmartShelf, a weight-sensing shelving system that sends real-time stock data directly to store managers and buyers. A year on from the programme, we …

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Mentor: Michelle Kan

Meet Michelle, founder of Fish & Swallow Productions. With a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Cinema and Video Studies, Michelle Kan has been working with Creative HQ to produce videos for accelerators like Lightning Lab and Mahuki as well as startups and events (like the K Culture Festival). We chatted with Michelle, to find out more about her and why she got involved.   Hey …

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Mentor: Jessie Wong

Meet Jessie Wong, founder and director of Yu Mei. With a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion, and experience working in the industry (including working at New Zealand Fashion Week) before starting her own company, Jessie has great insights into making products based around the needs of the people. We caught up with Jessie to find out more about her, …

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Mentor: Katy Pfeifer

We want to highlight the involvement of our amazing mentors, who help support and guide our venture up’ers on their journey.   Meet Katy Pfeifer, co-founder and COO of Town Square. A serial-entrepreneur, with a background in product management focusing on social and behaviour-changing products, and international business, Katy has great insights into creating products that people …

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Alumni Update: Will Houghton

Will is a member of our most recent cohort of young entrepreneurs who went through Venture Up 2019 in Wellington. He took us through what it was like to work on Volant, an on-demand grocery service, and it’s struggles. Since then, Will has used the skills he gained to run his own company more effectively. …

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Alumni Update: Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson went through our first programme of 2019 in wellington, working on project m to reduce the plastic waste from cafés. with a background in chemical and process engineering at the university of canterbury, nick brought his analytical thinking and product testing to the programme with the hopes of learning more about business and …

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Alumni Update: Finn Carroll

Finn Carroll went through our first programme of 2019 in wellington. studying for his bachelor of commerce (focusing on management and film) and already with a hustle-on-the-side – chromatic media – venture up was an opportunity for Finn to test his entrepreneurial metal with a group of like-minded individuals and mentorship from the startup ecosystem. …

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Alumni Update: Jenni Hamilton

Jenni Hamilton was a participant in our wellington 2019 programme, working as part of the glow team to empower mums to return to the workforce after raising a child. currently studying for her ba in political science and international relations at Victoria University of Wellington, Jenni brought a keen social focus to the team balanced …

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