Announcing Judges For Start Up Weekend Hawke’s Bay

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Organisers are pleased to announce the judges for Start Up Weekend Hawke’s Bay, starting in 8 days time. The judges are experienced business leaders and bring extensive knowledge to the event. Below are statements from each judge, and profiles can be found on the website homepage.

 

Sir Graeme Avery

Sir Graeme Avery

Graeme Avery – Judge

I am looking forward to assisting at the Startup Weekend and see the programme as of major benefit to encourage entrepreneurship of talented younger people. We need to be doing all we can to encourage new and different thinking for tomorrow’s business activities.

Suse Reynolds

Suse Reynolds

Suse Reynolds – Judge

I am really excited to be part of Startup Weekend Hawke’s Bay. These kinds of events are so inspirational. They also deliver very tangible benefits. International research (carried out by the Kaufman Institute in the US) show that most, if not all, of an economy’s net new job growth comes from startup companies. Those taking part should be so proud of the contribution they are making to growth of new ventures and Hawke’s Bay’s ambition to make its mark on the world.

Michaela Vodanovich

Michaela Vodanovich

Michaela Vodanonvich – Judge

The Icehouse is super keen to support Start Up Weekend in Hawke’s Bay. This is going to be an action-packed, fast paced weekend and a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to test their ideas and gain some valuable experience in starting a business from a ‘germ of an idea’. Start Up weekend will enable individuals to ‘cut their teeth’ in a low-risk, supportive environment. Wouldn’t it be a great outcome for the region, to find the next big technology opportunity from Hawke’s Bay Start Up Weekend?