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Startup Breakfast Club: Supernode, KiwiNet and HealthTech Challenge

If you’ve missed meeting and networking with your local startup community, we are super excited to announce that the next Startup Breakfast Club will be a face to face in-person meetup! Woop woop!!

In this month’s meet up, we’ll be hearing all about Christchurch’s future as laid out in the Christchurch Supernode strategy. If you’re a startup, an innovator, or mapping out your ambitious future in our fair city, then this is the day you want to get up early and find out what part you can play in that future.

You’ll also get to hear from Alexandra Stuthridge, Commercialisation Manager at Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet). KiwiNet represents excellent opportunity for research innovators to commercialise their innovation projects for global impact.

We’ll also have Marian Johnson speaking about the HealthTech Supernode Challenge and its importance in positioning Christchurch as the hub for healthtech innovation.

There’ll also be free-flowing coffee and delicious Bacon Brothers breakfast as usual, so secure your spot to this FREE event today!

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Meet your speakers

Boyd Warren

General Manager of Commercial @ChristchurchNZ

Boyd Warren is ChristchurchNZ’s General Manager of Commercial, and tasked with implementing ChristchurchNZ’s revenue, sponsorship and commercial strategies, aimed at supporting the organisation’s various business programmes and projects. He specialises in public-private partnerships and commercial negotiations, ensuring a collaborative approach to city success and prosperity.

Boyd will be speaking about the Supernode strategy in the context of opportunity for ambitious innovators.


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Alexandra Stuthridge

Commercialisation Manager @KiwiNet

Alexandra is KiwiNet’s Commercialisation Manager for the South Island, working to turn New Zealand’s scientific research into investor-ready opportunities through PreSeed funding, training and support. No stranger to driving innovation and investment, Alexandra has spent the past five year based in Canada where she built the BioProducts Institute (BPI) into a globally leading research cluster at the University of British Columbia. In this role, she led 69 researchers across 4 faculties, securing >NZD$62M in research-related funding.

Alexandra will be talking to us about the role of KiwiNet and the opportunity KiwiNet programmes represent for academic researchers.

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Marian Johnson

Chief Awesome Officer @Ministry of Awesome

Marian Johnson is Chief Awesome Officer at Ministry of Awesome. She is an experienced senior executive with 20 years experience developing and executing marketing and business growth strategies for software and edutech startups in NZ as well as with entertainment multinationals Universal Studios and Discovery Networks in the US and Europe.She is passionate about the startup and innovation ecosystem in Canterbury and committed to its ongoing success.

Marian will be talking to us about the upcoming HealthTech Challenge in Christchurch.