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.
Selwyn established a career in scientific research, which quickly evolved into the pre-clinical and clinical development, business development and commercialisation of biotech and natural products in both local and international markets. A couple of years ago, Selwyn set up a consultancy to provide business development support for start-up tech companies, Kiwinet and MBIE R&D programs. He is an active Angel Investor and on the MIG Fund 2 Investment Committee. He is on the Board of two start-up companies and is involved in three environment-focussed Societies and Trusts.
Tyson is Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. His background includes Ministers’ Offices, The Treasury, Building & Housing, UCOL’s senior management, and the Office of the Auditor-General. Tyson takes a design approach to strategy and change, matching this with his policy, economic and financial analysis skills to generate insights.
Peter’s background is in contracted services with over 15 years' in senior management to general manager level, holding a number of directorships. He’s highly experienced in working in competitive markets, understanding the dynamics of creating the necessary business culture and managing resources to achieve both customer value and profitable outcomes.
Dr. Jason Paul Mika
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).
Leonie Is a business owner of Hotel Coachman on Fitzherbert Ave which is a 4 star hotel with 70 staff members – Leonie and Brendan have had the hotel for 14 years. Leonie is also a Councillor on the PNCC and on Ucol Council – she has vast experience in management and leadership and governance. Leonie worked at Massey University for 10 years in change management and project management roles.