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Innovate 2 Business

Innovate 2 Business is a one-day entrepreneurship bootcamp designed to give a good understanding of the basics of building a business case and starting a venture. Free for everyone at the University of Auckland to participate. It is the ideal opportunity to get in good shape for participation in the Velocity $100k Challenge so that you can bring life to your ideas.

Tuesday 29 June – Unleash Space, 20 Symonds Street (Engineering building) Find us

Inspirational guest speakers

Mahesh Muralidhar
Mahesh has experience building a global Unicorn from the ground up as an early employee of Canva (SAAS) helping to scale to 200+ people. He has also made a significant impact in companies such as Airtasker (marketplace) and as COO at FinTech company Simply Wall St. He is currently CEO of NZ Scaleup and an investor and mentor in Australasian accelerator Startmate.


Duncan Ledwith
Duncan held senior leadership roles in Microsoft for more than a decade, overseeing work in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, SE Asia, Japan and Seattle. He has been an Executive in Residence and Angel Investor at the Icehouse, a lecturer at the University of Auckland and is currently Vice President, Global Partnerships at global warranty company LocalCover Group Ltd.

Programme Details

Attendees will need to attend the full day programme.

10-10.30am : Registration and coffee

Morning programme: Overview and introduction to the Lean Canvas and market validation

1-1.30pm: Lunch (BYO)

Afternoon programme: Panel discussion and Q&A with a variety of entrepreneurial Velocity alumni, resources on how to build effective teams, tips for successful submissions to the Velocity $100k Challenge which will get winners access to mentors, start-up capital, co-working space and a variety of other resources to help you bring your venture to life.

4.45-5.15pm: Pizza!


5.15-7pm (Optional): Stay at Unleash Space and wrap up the day with a free, inspirational screening of start-up documentary Outside the Valley.

Meet the Facilitator


Dr Jamie NewthJamie Newth is a Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Management and International Business Department at the Business School, University of Auckland. Outside of the university, Jamie is the founder and CEO of Soul Capital, New Zealand’s first impact investment organisation.

For the last three years, Jamie has delivered popular startup accelerator and corporate  innovation programmes for the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Jamie is known for weaving practical and personal experience into his facilitation, making content  relevant and engaging for course participants regardless of their academic background.



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