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Dr Kate Riegle van West

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With a string of awards and some great media exposure Dr. Kate Riegle van West has taken her love of poi and provided some solid research into the health benefits. Along the way she has become an innovator by using her passion and determination to look at things in a different way.

“I can’t say I’ve ever thought I was applying an innovative or entrepreneurial mindset to my work. I am just trying to make the world a better place”

In 2016 she won the International U21 Three Minute Thesis competition and in 2017 her research won the prestigious Future Leader Award from The Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum.

Kate attributes some of her success to not following a set way of doing things but being flexible. “Not being committed to a particular mindset or paradigm has allowed me to pivot and progress,” says Kate.

She is proof of the many different paths that can be taken to being an entrepreneur or innovator.

“Being a circus performer informed my art practice, and making art informed making music, and creating art and music and circus opened the door for scientific inquiry, and science led the way to health research, and on and on,” Kate adds. “They may seem like disparate pursuits, but they all support each other and finding the connections between them is where all the really interesting stuff lies.”

The key, says Kate, to having an entrepreneurial mindset is “a burning passion, and a burning desire to follow it.”

Her advice to those considering an entrepreneurial pathway? “Go for it! Approach things playfully, ask lots of questions, and follow your heart. It won’t be easy, but most things worth pursuing aren’t easy.”

Kate Riegle van West graduated with a PhD in Poi and Health from the University of Auckland.

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