Teō Haka
Centre for
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[Virtual] Office Hours with Hillfarrance


Office Hours are about creating opportunities for startups and VCs to meet, either for investment pitching or for any general startup Q&As. Startups get the opportunity to speak with top-tier investors in ANZ and other countries which they would not normally/easily have the chance to do so if they were to approach the same investors by themselves.

Meet your VC

Aisha Ross, Partner at Hillfarrance

Aisha Ross is of Ngāruahine, Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki and Te Atiawa iwi whakapapa.

He is the Innovation and Development Group Director at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and is responsible for bringing new innovations to market that create value and opportunities for our communities and organisation. This has included leading the establishment of Ahikōmako – Centre of Māori Innovation and Entrepreneurship, national flagship project based in the Waikato, Startup Wānanga, Pakihi and Kōkiri Māori Business Accelerator, focused on Māori entrepreneurs and start-up business growth and success.

Aisha is passionate about supporting the growth, development, and well-being of Māori in an economic, social, cultural, and environmental context. His vision is prosperity for our people, and he approaches that in a real and down to earth way, always guided by kaupapa and tikanga Māori.

Aisha has sound networks and relationships developed throughout his extensive background in the sectors he has professional experience in, and has become accomplished in management and marketing, as well as governance and business strategy. He holds a number of director and trusteeships and is a Waikato University MBA graduate and also holds the Masters in Applied Technological Futures.

His personal interests are in extending his collection of old Māori books, playing squash and basketball, whānau, interior design and following our national sports teams.