Queenstown cohort

Queenstown 2019: Cohort announcement

#VentureUp19 is throwing down the ‘firsts’… the first time Venture Up has run twice in one year… the first time the programme has been seen in its two-week format… and the first time Venture Up has been run in the south island!

And we can’t run a programme like Venture Up without some exceptionally talented young entrepreneurs keen to take on the challenge… Our team had a tough job reading, reviewing and responding to every application that came in.

But now, time for the reveal – here is our first ever Venture Up Queenstown 2019 crew!

Nina Renske Poelman
Philip Dablio
Matthew Yam
Thomas Beck
Georgie Northcoat
Quinn Moffat
Greta Balfour
Oscar Bright
Connor Fleming
Darshil Varmora
Callum Paterson
Magdeline Huang
Steve Quindo
Finn McCabe
Rewa Sophie Walker Henderson

Every participant has been selected because of their unique talents and aspirations, but a couple of common cornerstones are shared across the entire cohort; honesty, coach-ability – their openness to learn – and ambition, we love it when Venture Up’ers think big!

Venture Up might be the first step for many into the entrepreneurial world, others may have experience through great programmes like Young Enterprise, who just happen to be one of our awesome sponsors.

Of course, we couldn’t make this programme happen without the help and support of our community (keep an eye out for highlights from our speakers) and our awesome partners; Callaghan Innovation, the Ministry of Youth Development, Young Enterprise Scheme, Startup Queenstown Lakes and QRC (Queenstown Resort College).


As we get stuck into the #VentureUp19 programme, make sure to keep up-to-date through our social channels (Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram) and our mailing list– and stay tuned for more news just around the corner.

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