EVENT RECAP: Coffee and Jam #243

The 243rd edition of Coffee and Jam had F&B expert Laura Nugent and Michael Philpott, personal and professional development coach.

 

Laura Nugent, Food South 

A qualified chef and food scientist, Laura has worked in numerous sectors of the food industry including beverage, dairy, ingredients, and meat. Laura’s current role as Food South Business Development Manager sees her engaging with the South Island F&B industry to support the growth of innovation opportunities for South Island companies. Laura spoke about how her organisation can help validated products in the food and beverage sector to enter the market. If anyone has a product which has reached market validation phase, Lura can help them to connect to the right people in the industry. Food South was established in 2011 with a  focus on export and specialises in the bakery and baked goods market. The New Zealand Food Innovation network which Food South is a part of offers training for entrepreneurs on food safety, food regulations, product development and market entry.

These are some of her tips for food innovators ;

 

  1. Do extensive market consumer research.

  2. Develop a strong value proposition.

  3. Do extensive customer and market validation.

  4. Be prepared to invest capital, time and energy into your venture.

  5. Validate your idea and talk to a good business mentor, Ministry of Awesome should be the first port of call for any innovator.

 

Food South has launched Food Portal; an online interactive marketplace for food innovators to connect with capability providers. Check it out at Foodpotal.co.nz 



Michael Philpott, Smart & Wise

 

Michael is the Co-Founder of Smart & Wise a consultancy which offers change management and training services. He has worked with executives, academics and students from Antarctica New Zealand, Wynn Williams, Victoria University, and several Christchurch startups. He also serves as the Speaker Coach for TedXChch, helping people share their amazing stories. He will lead a workshop on ‘The Confidence to be Self Assertive’ with best selling author Lilia Tarawa on 26th of April at EPIC, he spoke about how having the confidence to be self-assertive can have a transformational effect on professional and personal life.  Michael say’s “ if we don’t deeply understand that we have the right to say no or to change our minds then we might end up doing things we resent and run the risk of expressing our disappointment towards ourselves for not asserting our needs, through passive or aggressive, or my personal favorite, passive-aggressive behavior.”

Michael ended his talk by answering an important question; “ Now, why do I believe it’s important to develop healthier ways to communicate our thoughts feelings and emotions? Advancement in our understanding of Epigenetics’, Adverse Childhood Experience, Early Attachment Theory, Stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicide. All indicate that we desperately need to improve our understanding of ourselves and how we communicate and express our most basic needs at a deeper level. If each generation is destined to inherit our legacy, then maybe we can change the world by learning to change the way we respond to situations. 
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Shoutouts

 

  1. Angus Whitehead is a Bachelor of ICT graduate from ARA Institute who majors in software development. If you are looking for a software developer ring him at 0226092740 or mail him at anguswhitehead@me.com

  2. Ruby Arrowfield is a graduate of New Zealand Institute of Massage. She is keen offering her services to offices. Co-working spaces and businesses. You can ring Ruby at ruby_arrowfield@hotmail.com or ring her at 0221810417

  3. Stuart is an experienced developer and designer who is proficient in javascript and other languages. If you are looking for a web developer or marketing content designer mail him at stuart@stuartkent.co.nz or ring him at 0276830280.

 

Laura Nugent/ The Food Portal.

A qualified chef and food scientist, Laura has worked in numerous sectors of the food industry including beverage, dairy, ingredients, and meat. Laura’s current role as FoodSouth Business Development Manager sees her engaging with the South Island F&B industry to support the growth of innovation opportunities for South Island companies. Laura will be pitching. The Food Portal, an online platform where the food and beverage industry can engage with capability providers in order to meet their needs.

 

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Michael Philpott/ Self-Assertion - We can change the world if we learn to change the way we respond to situations.
Michael is the Co-Founder of Smart & Wise a consultancy which offers change management and training services. He has worked with executives, academics and students from Antarctica New Zealand, Wynn Williams, Victoria University, and several Christchurch startups. He also serves as the Speaker Coach for TedXChch, helping people share their amazing stories.

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Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space. Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com