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Growing Entrepreneurs symposium brings together academics, students and entrepreneurs

Growing Entrepreneurs symposium brings together academics, students and entrepreneurs

Last updated 17 November 2016
Last updated 11/17/2016

The New Zealand Government has signalled that it wants to do more to encourage entrepreneurship in New Zealand. 

Growing Entrepreneurs symposium logoGrowing Entrepreneurs is a one-day symposium to discuss the development of new entrepreneurs in New Zealand’s tertiary education system. It was held at Orakei Bay in Auckland on Thursday 17 November. 

The event brought together academics and tertiary students with established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs.  They explored how best to develop, support and implement effective strategies to identify, grow and support the future success of entrepreneurship.

Read more about the programme.

High profile speakers

Well-known New Zealand entrepreneurs such as Sir Ray Avery, Annah Stretton, Fady Mishriki, Frances Valintine and Ian Taylor will share their experiences throughout the event. 

The international keynote speaker for the symposium is Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu from the Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. A world leader in the study of entrepreneurship, Professor Sidhu has significant experience helping engineers and scientists, particularly with commercialisation opportunities.

Read more about the speakers.

Ideas into action

The themes and ideas generated over the day will be collated to inform potential actions that could support the symposium’s goals: to provide support, learning and development opportunities to budding entrepreneurs.

The event builds on a range of initiatives and programmes already underway that are delivering success in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include Entrepreneurial Universities, Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e), Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and ICT Graduate Schools

Thanks to our sponsors

We acknowledge the support from a number of sponsors who have helped us bring together the event.   

Keynote sponsor

University of Auckland logo

Supporting sponsors

Otago University logo        Callaghan Innovation logo   MBIE logo

Hospitality sponsors

AUT logo          Waikato University logo