Our judging panel for 2018.
Harv is the founder of Collective Intelligence. This is an ecosystem that enhances the effectiveness of professionals and entrepreneurs which hail from over 70 industries throughout New Zealand. His passion is design. He designs teams with an emphasis on diversity to accelerate development of individuals and company performance.
Linda is CE of the Central Economic Development Agency aka CEDA; leading a team of enablers, connectors and doers who are serious about delivering great outcomes for businesses across our region.
With a background in sales, business development, head hunting and recruitment while working within family owned businesses, through to some of the largest global companies such as Mars Inc. and Virgin, Linda brings a strong consumer focus, and on delivering outcomes that will create value and make a difference. Linda believes that great ideas can come from anywhere, and has a real a passion for unlocking the potential in people.
Born in Whakatāne and raised in Rotorua, Jason now resides with his family in Palmerston North. Jason is Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea and Ngāti Kahungnu. Jason is a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Management and codirector of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research Centre. His research focuses on indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise. Jason loves working with entrepreneurs, helping them develop and test their ideas and getting them on paper when the need arises. Jason’s background is in management consulting, public policy and Māori development. Jason has a PhD in business from Massey, MPP from Victoria University and BMS from Waikato University. Jason looks forward to contributing as a mentor on the Innovate programme. Mauri ora ki ā tātau (keep well folks).
Lyn has worked in businesses ranging from small to medium enterprises to corporate multi-national companies and has a genuine understanding and empathy for what it takes to run a successful business.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1995, Lyn has been co-owner of start-up enterprises, worked in economic development, tertiary education and private consulting. She holds tertiary qualifications in science and education and in 2016 completed her Master of Business Studies-Resource Management at Massey University, researching strategic human resource management (SHRM) decisions in Maori Enterprise. In 2017 Lyn commenced her PhD, continuing her studies in SHRM and indigenous enterprise and organizational models. Lyn runs her own consulting and research business.
Jason is a Chartered Accountant and Director of Morrison Creed, where your business is our goal. Jason enjoys working with new technology, particularly where it can assist clients to achieve their business and personal goals. Jason grew up on a dairy farm in the Manawatu and outside of the office is a dad, avid sports fan and lover of irony.
Tararua born and bred, Stephanie jumped straight out of Massey University (Diploma Business Studies - Entrepreneurship & Small Business) into a full time job.
Three years later she put her skills to the test and started her own business, The Scrub Collab. Stephanie had fantastic success in Innovate 2017 and is in the process of understand what start-up life is all about. As she puts it, “It’s taken over my life!”
Stephanie is a Junior Judge this year, a new role for our programme and one that will no doubt help solidify more business relationships for Stephanie and The Scrub Collab.