Tech Activator Session #40

Ministry of Awesome's Tech Activator Sessions are made up of 20-minute mentoring sessions where tech entrepreneurs of all sizes and stages talk through their tech startup, venture or idea and get focused feedback from our Startup Activator and a veteran panel of tech experts. This is your opportunity to use their expertise and networks to ensure your best possible chance of success.

Spaces are limited, and the programme is almost always sold out so make sure you get in quick here. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a 20-minute appointment that works for you and tell us about your idea or your business.

  2. Feel free to bring along any materials that will assist you (notes, drawings, websites, photos, presentations, etc.)  or just bring you.

  3. These sessions are always sold out so please show up on time, get ready to focus, and gear up for a great session.


We can't wait to help you make your dream a reality or help you get on that road to successful entrepreneurship whatever that looks like for you.  

All sessions take place at Ministry of Awesome, Ground Floor, Kahukura Building, Corner of Moorhouse Ave and Madras St, Christchurch.


Panelists ara:

Rob Lawrence

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Rob is a Growth Advisor with CECC and a Regional Business Partner of Callaghan Innovation. He joined the Employer’s Chamber in 2005, now as a part of the Business Advisory Team, he specializes in assisting companies with government investment funding for R & D. He has assisted Canterbury businesses to engage funding support for product development and global access to technology.


Sarah Kinley

Sarah Kinley

Sarah was the Head of Operations at Boma New Zealand and is the Vice Chair of Canterbury Tech Cluster. Her expertise lies in the areas of product development, product management and new business development. She worked with Corelogic in Wellington before moving to Christchurch and has over ten years of experience in the technology sector. She is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in the tech space and recently assumed the role of Vice Chair at the Canterbury Tech Cluster.

Pierre Malou

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Pierre is the Chief Operations Officer at the Ministry of Awesome. Before moving to New Zealand, he was the CEO of the Business Centre in Newcastle where he managed a team of 24 business advisors and mentors, including StartHouse, a Newcastle-based accelerator which has seen more than 45 entrepreneurs start their new tech business in Australia in the past two years.