Teō Haka
Centre for
growth &

Startup Breakfast Club

At this first Startup Breakfast Club of 2022, we are kicking-off the year with the most fundamental topic: How to get started with your Startup. First off, our very own Jacob Varghese will cover how to put your ideas into a concrete one-page business plan called the Lean Canvas. This framework will help you understand the fundamentals of your business including your customers, problems, solutions, etc.

Next up, we will have our Head of Startups at Te Ōhaka, Jeffrey Ling talking about taking the first step and where to begin. Jeffrey will also go through the Incubation Programme offered at Te Ōhaka.

As always, there will be free-flowing coffee along with tasty bacon burger breakfasts; and plenty of lessons to be shared. So make sure you come along to learn and network with your startup community.

Get your insights, meet your startup tribe, and enjoy the free-flowing coffee and breakfast nibbles. Thanks to MYOB, it’s all free so secure your spot now!


*By booking a ticket to this event you are accepting that you will be required to show your ‘My Vaccine Pass’ upon entry to the venue.

Meet your Speakers


Jacob Varghese, Head of Innovation, Ministry of Awesome

Jacob designs and manages our innovation programmes. He was an investment banker before joining MOA and has been with MOA for 4 years. He played a critical role in founding the incubator Te Ōhaka and works with our founders in their commercialisation journey. He is an Economics graduate with Postgraduate qualifications in Financial Markets and Business Management.

Jacob will be speaking to us today about The Lean Canvas and how to use this to build your startup idea.

Jeffrey Ling, Head of Innovation, Ministry of Awesome

Before doing cross-border venture building, Jeffrey ran Lightning Lab Tourism Accelerator in Christchurch. Prior to this, he spent 8 years doing a bunch of startup stuff while in Taiwan, including his own legal startup, joined 2 Korean startups (enterprise SaaS and travel tech respectively), as well as Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) dealing with startup development, investor relations and corporate innovation. While at TSS, he worked with 400+ investors and 130+ tech startup members covering various verticals. Before the startup journey, he spent 10 years as a legal professional, both law firm and in-house.

Jeffrey will be speaking to us today about taking the first step and where to begin and how the Startup Incubation Programme at Te Ōhaka can help.