Past Events

Jul 30

Coffee and Jam #306

When: 30 Jul 2020 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are: 1. Tania Armstrong -  STATE3

Tania is the co-founder STATE3 - a solutions company helping organizations view, manage and improve their technology environments. As an entrepreneur she has previously founded a business intelligence and data company building on a background in software, networks and telecommunications, and is a strong technology evangelist.

2. Ian Ross - Hedgebook

Ian Ross is the Chief Technology Officer of Hedgebook. Hedgebook provide treasury management software (SaaS) that helps small to medium importer/exporters manage cross currency risks. Ian joined Hedgebook in 2012 as its CTO following a career working as an IT consultant. He will talk about the lessons learned on his journey with Hedgebook.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Aug 13

Coffee and Jam #308

When: 13 Aug 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are:

1. Christina Baldarelli - Patch

Christina is the CEO of Patch, a sustainable tourism startup that is taking agri-tourism to the next level. Originally from California, Christina lived and worked in 6 countries on 4 continents before settling in New Zealand in 2013. Through managing experiential programs in international development, voluntourism, study abroad, and professional education, Christina found purpose in the belief that interacting with new people and places has the power to makes us better people. Christina spent 5 years with Massey University developing their National Expedition program, which mixes adventure tourism with experiential education, and matches international students with local internship placements that need their skills. She's now leading Patch, one of the 8 startups accepted into the Lightning Lab Tourism accelerator. Christina will be talking about taking a new startup through the Lightning Lab process as a first time founder, the challenge of validating a two sided market, and their hybrid product which includes digital elements as well as sustainably built structures.

2. Louise Webster -Ideas Accelerator

Louise Webster is a Co-founder and Director of Ideas Accelerator an innovation agency focused on Environmental Innovation. She is a motivated senior leader, entrepreneur and CEO who brings more than 18 years of experience in; innovation, sustainability, business management, strategic thinking and transformative practices. She works across multiple industries helping them to use design thinking and regenerative approaches to develop systems, processes, products and services for a changing world.

Louise will talk about why environmental innovation is important in the 2020's and beyond and what Canterbury is doing about it. Now is the time for business to collectively act to prevent climate change and improve environmental performance.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Aug 20

Coffee and Jam #309

When: 20 Aug 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are: 1. James Nikitine - Manaia Productions

James is a French / British marine social scientist and digital communications expert, originally from the Geneva region. Specialised in marine science communications, he has worked as a consultant globally for nearly a decade. He developed projects conveying key issues of high seas governance, plastic pollution, climate change impacts on the ocean, deep reef research and ocean risk. He is the co-founder and CEO of Manaia Productions, a strategic communications and film production agency specialized in marine science. James has worked for several years as project manager and producer with IUCN, WWF and Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, and now serves as Media Advisor for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable Development with IOC/UNESCO. He is a member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and an active contributor to its marine young professionals task force. He lives in New Zealand and is a Fellow with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

2. Rupert Deans - Platter

Rupert Deans is an Augmented Reality pioneer and founder of Plattar.

He is an accomplished digital entrepreneur and has been working on the frontline of immersive technology solutions for more than 15 years. A serial entrepreneur, he has extensive experience developing and growing of leading-edge tech ventures.

Rupert grew up with dyslexia as a child and relied on visualisation to learn, understand and engage with the world. This lead him to create on of NZ’s first digital agencies: One Fat Sheep. The defining moment was when Rupert's team created the "World's First Augmented Reality 3D Zombies Shooter on a Pizza Box" that became a viral marketing sensation in 2010! Off the back of this, Rupert was captivated by the enormous potential of Augmented Reality (AR) to solve practical problems and set out to create a tool that would enable anyone to build their own AR experiences He formed Plattar, and in April 2016 he successfully raised A$1.1 million in a seed funding round led by News Corp. Since then Plattar has gone on to established a blue chip client base in Australia, New Zealand and the US including Fortune 500 and ASX 100 companies and is leading the world in creating AR/MR/XR Product Experiences.

Platter's international clients include News Corp, SAAB, Fisher and Paykel, Nespresso, Unilever, Swisse, Vicinity Centres, Snooze, Carlton United Brewery, Foodstuffs, Flight Centre, Bakers Delight and La Marzocco.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

SHOUTOUTS

Akimbo is a mental fitness app that builds resilience and wellbeing. For more information about Akimbo please visit www.akimbo.life. They need help to connect with mid-sized organisations in Canterbury who would be willing to trial their enterprise solution. Typical trial size would be 50+ people.  Trial enquiries and offers of help please contact Alan Cox at alan@akimbo.life.

Sep 03

Coffee and Jam #311

When: 3 Sep 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are: 1. Clive Antony  - Media Mates

2. Séku Skandan - Startup Weekend

Séku is part of the team organising the upcoming Startup Weekend, a 54 hour event that brings together Christchurch designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Techstars Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Séku will speak about the event and why it’s important for the best of Ōtautahi’s curious minds to make use of this opportunity.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Shout Outs: Frank, Freelance photography & design with Symbolizer.com This Friday, Tango Cafe @ Christchurch Xchange, from 7-9pm Check it out here

SIGNAL ICT GRAD SCHOOL: Tech Careers & Pizza Night Speaker Series with guest speaker Kathy Kok from Lentune, who is a Senior Software Developer. Wed 4 Sep at EPIC, tickets on Eventbrite.

Sep 10

Coffee and Jam #312

When: 10 Sep 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are: 1. Shaun van Zyl - I-Gen Industries

2. Mark Williamson - Omega Lamb

Mark Williamson, most recently General Manager and Programme Manager of joint venture the “Omega Lamb Project”, building a New Class of Lamb for New Zealand farmers. Mark has been the CEO of Agri One Ltd (a university-owned professional development company for agribusiness professionals), National Marketing Manager at Solid Energy, General Manager at Christchurch manufacturing and exporting company Foot Science International, Marketing Director at Kathmandu, and Marketing Manager and Global Apparel Manger at Wools of New Zealand. Mark will be talking the challenge of creating sustainable, value-added health and welfare focused foods in the mainstream New Zealand farming environment.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Sep 17

Coffee and Jam #313

When: 17 Sep 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are:

  1. Ben Parker - Attainable Sustainable Aquaculture (ASA)

Ben is the founder of ASA, a community-based aquaculture company gearing up to develop sea cucumber farms in Papua New Guinea and around the Pacific. Ben studied his BSc in Zoology and Marine Science and continued on with a PGDip in Global Business to utilise his science background with a business approach, aiming to develop financially sustainable social enterprise models that have strong environmental benefits.

Ben will talk about his experiences and lessons learnt from working in Madagascar and how his new company, ASA aims to contribute towards sustainable marine resource management with small-scale fishing communities around the Pacific utilising aquaculture and their triple bottom line of sustainability.

  1. Charlotte French - GHD 

Charlotte French is a transport engineer for global professional services company, GHD. In 2018 Charlotte was given the opportunity to participate in Smart Seeds, a design led innovation program powered by GHD that aims at tackling some of the biggest challenges that our regions are facing. Charlotte is passionate about seeing innovation and collaboration thrive in Canterbury and will be talking about her experience within the Smart Seeds program over the last two years and some of the challenges she has worked on.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Sep 24

Coffee and Jam #314

When: 24 Sep 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are: 1. Kris Herbert - Wanderble

2. Marian Johnson - Foodstarter

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 fresh bakery bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Milena at milena@ministryofawesome.com Shoutouts:

For the past 8 years I have been based in Cambodia and Singapore and have recently left the expat life to embrace my New Zealand homeland again. Experienced Restaurant and Events Manager with a demonstrated history of working in company start-ups. Skilled in Food & Beverage, Hospitality Industry, Event Management, Event Planning, and Customer Service.

Arrived in Christchurch about 3 weeks ago and looking for an opportunity in either events, F&B production side and even to branch out into a completely new industry - with roles such as admin, customer relations management or account manager - I'm passionate on building relationships and exceeding customer expectations. Also have a passion for fitness and am in the process to start a personal training course.

Email: emily.keo44@gmail.com

Mobile: 020 4010 9524

Sep 27

Startup Breakfast Club: The Startup Journey

Oct 01

Coffee and Jam #315

When: 1 Oct 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour

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.

This week's speakers are:

1. Bruce Emson - Karit

Bruce is co-founder of Karit, a company bringing new energy management solutions to consumers across Australasia. A change leader and veteran of the corporate energy & electrical sector, Bruce will be speaking about Karit’s proposition and the difficulties of competing against regulated monopolies in the industry.

  1. Michael Trengrove - Electric Garden 

Michael Trengrove is the Founder and General Manager of the NZ charity – Digital Future Aotearoa (DFA). DFA exists to help all New Zealanders succeed in the digital world and operates Code Club Aotearoa, the Electric Garden and She Can Code. More than 10,000 New Zealanders are reached each week through their programmes, powered by a national network of 1600 registered and very active volunteers. Michael will be sharing about launching their new social enterprise, the Electric Garden, teaching youth to grow their own food supported by IoT sensors and enabling teachers to deliver high tech classes through the medium of a school or community vegetable garden.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

Oct 07

Fireside Chat #2: Startups, R+D, and Tax Incentive @Te Ōhaka

Oct 08

Coffee and Jam #316

When: 8 Oct 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Where: EPIC Innovation Centre Duration: 1 hour 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.

This week's speakers are:

Matt Harley -  fileinvite

Matt Harley is the Business Development Director & Head of Sales for FileInvite, a global SaaS platform headquartered in Auckland. Matt has an extensive background in Sales & Marketing across multiple industries, start up's, products and channels. After several years leading NZ sales operations for US corporate digital services companies Groupon & Google partner - Reach Local, Matt's focus today is on international Sales and business development strategy for NZ SaaS startup FileInvite, a secure cloud document collection and file sharing platform, mainly used in the Fintech sector by companies such as Kiwibank. Matt will be talking about selling to global markets and sales growth strategies for kiwi SaaS startups.

Owen Woodhouse -  NZVIF 

Owen is an Investment Manager providing support to the team for investments made through the Seed Co-Investment Fund. He is a recent graduate of the MBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained early stage investing experience through an internship with the Carolina Angel Network. Owen previously worked as a Structural Engineer for Beca. He has a Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering from the University of Pavia and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Auckland.

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 fresh bakery bread.

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

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