Coffee and Jam featuring Situate Me and Scale-Up

Join us this week as we will first hear from Rob Gourdie - the founder of Situate Me about his business and Rosie Spragg from Callaghan Innovation about Scale-Up NZ.

Come along, be inspired, and meet your city's startup and innovation tribe!

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Rob Gourdie (left) // SituateMe

With a background of part-military officer, part-Red Cross operations manager, part-IT product manager; Rob draws on his product management background, and what he witnessed in the Christchurch Earthquake, to find a better way of providing situational awareness for emergency management decision makers. 

'Ema', their Emergency Management Assistant is a compassionate, conversational chatbot that provides an immediate and personalised way for citizens to self-report their own welfare situation.

Working in the Disaster Relief space, SituateMe helps emergency managers make better decisions faster, by providing real-time crowdsourced welfare data; and they do it faster andat a larger scale than it’s ever been done before. 
Rosie Spragg (right) // Scaleup NZ

Rosie Spragg is the Strategic Platforms & Operations Manager at Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand Government’s innovation agency. Callaghan Innovation activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand, by providing a single front door to the innovation ecosystem for businesses at all stages of their innovation journey – from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers.

Rosie's background is founded in the telecommunications industry, with over 10 years’ experience spanning government policy, analyst, insights, strategy, commercial and programme delivery roles. Prior to joining Callaghan Innovation, she was the Commercial and Network Manager for IoT within the Ventures division at Spark New Zealand, programme managing the delivery of Spark’s LoRaWAN network.

Rosie will be demonstrating Scale-Up NZ, Callaghan Innovation’s free online platform connecting ambitious, innovative NZ businesses with funders, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators.