Tech Activator Sessions #32

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 Activation Coordinator 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. 

The panel this time around consists of:

Sam Davies

Sam is a Customer Manager in Callaghan Innovations Manufacturing Sector team. Sam has a decade of R&D and product development experience in the Hi-Tech sector with experience ranging from image analysis to automated DNA extraction and nano-materials development. Sam has lead a number of start-up companies and organisations and is passionate about application of technology to overcome commercial, societal and environmental issues.


Paul Claridge

With over 30 years commercial experience, Paul has worked in senior management and executive roles in a range of business from start-ups to corporates across a variety of sectors including, tertiary education, logistics and processing, business and economic development, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and in the IT sector in software and services delivery and sales. Areas of interest and expertise include business development and strategy, sales, operations, building strategic partnerships and growing tech businesses. Paul is a business mentor to a range companies including advising companies in UC’s Entre $85k Challenge and CDC’s Hi-Growth Launch Programme.


James Sanders

James is a Senior Business Development Manager with Research and Technical Services at Callaghan Innovation. James has over twenty four years of technical sales and marketing experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. For the last six years he has worked in research and development. James is passionate about innovation and outcomes that enhance New Zealand's reputation.

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

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 Awesome HQ, 102 St Asaph Street,right in the heart of Christchurch's Innovation Precinct.

You can register right here!