Coffee and Jam #257 SHOUTOUTS

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: 

 Jon Sandbrook 

Jon Sandbrook is the Investment Manager for the technology incubator and early-stage investment firm, WNT Ventures.  Jon has a background as a corporate strategist, business developer, consultant and executive focusing on building and growing technology-centric companies, particularly in the agriculture, food, engineering/robotics and biotechnology sectors. Jon has held a range of roles in both New Zealand and the US, including Regional Director for a US-based early-stage investment fund, Independent Advisor for Babylon BioConsulting, a specialist biotechnology consulting firm, and as a senior executive and Corporate Strategy Manager for New Zealand State Owned Enterprise AsureQuality Ltd.  While in the US, Jon also led the commercial development of an animal health biotechnology start-up specialising in vaccines and diagnostics development, leading the company right from research lab-based technology all the way through to a strategic commercial deal with a global animal health company. He has a passion for cutting-edge start-ups and innovative corporates with global reach, as well as an active interest in non-profits, social ventures and generally innovative thinkers.

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Steven Moe (left) & Kris Morrison 

Steven Moe is a Senior Associate at Parry Field Lawyers, he works with their Corporate and Commercial team. He works primarily with international companies who are investing in New Zealand and domestic companies with overseas operations, he also works extensively with startups from a variety of sectors and helps them in getting their structure right. Steven has over ten years of international experience, he has worked with Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo, Sydney and London. He runs a podcast which interviews entrepreneurs and has authored a book titled “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook”.

Kris Morrison  is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers and leads their corporate, technology and startup advisory team. His areas of expertise are business structuring, software agreement, IP ownership & licensing, joint venture agreements and solvency issues. Kris also leads the migrant team at his firm which assists overseas investment as well as immigration matters. He has also taught Contract and Tort law at Victoria University of Wellington and University of Canterbury.

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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



1) Ruby Arrowfield, the youth coordinator at TEDxYouth@AvonRiver (an event that aims to inspire and empower young people in Christchurch). 
Though we already have our speakers down, we are looking for event partners. so if you have a product or an idea that you think would add value to this youth event we would love to hear from you. 
The date of the event is 14th October. Contact Ruby for more info! 

2) Amazing Marketing exists to help you connect with your target market. Create connections at www.AmazingMarketing.NZ

3) Faye is looking for motivated, self-starters who are looking to start their own income generating business on the side. You can reach her at 0221086649.

4) The Avatar Course is running two day workshops in Christchurch. Explore and change your beliefs to create a different life! Check out

5) Kate Spence, Marketing & Communications. If your business is looking at connecting with customers and telling your story, Kate is a freelancer with experience in the public sector, private sector, and not-for-profit.  She specialises in media, communications, digital marketing, and social media. Contact her: +64220956188