LevelTwo is throwing open its doors and allowing you to peek behind the curtain of the space that has created some of New Zealand’s biggest deep tech success stories. LevelTwo is the birthplace of companies such as LanzaTech and Rocket Lab, and currently incubates the next generation of companies working on tech innovation that’s good for the world.
At this event, you will hear from three of LevelTwo's alumni company founders:
Sean Simpson, founder and CSO of LanzaTech,
Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, and
Will Barker, founder and CEO of Mint Innovation.
You will then have the rare opportunity to tour the laboratory and workshops spaces at LevelTwo and meet the companies that are at the heart of deep tech in New Zealand.
LevelTwo will also be announcing their Launch Lab programme at this event! This Programme is for founders with a deep technology idea to be given free laboratory space, investment, bespoke technical and business support, and the opportunity to be immersed in LevelTwo’s well-connected deep tech community.
This old woolshed turned research institute is now New Zealand’s home for deep technology innovation (solutions built around hard-to-replicate technology and scientific advances). We have expanded the laboratory and workshop spaces for start-ups, currently housing sixteen (and counting!) deep tech companies. Whether your interest lies in ag-biotech that reduces the environmental impact of farming, or medical diagnostics that allow for early detection of complex diseases, or hardware that changes how we navigate space, you’ll find innovative tech at LevelTwo.
A big thank you to ATEED for sponsoring this event.
You should be present for the whole duration of this event.
Dr. Sean Simpson is a Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of LanzaTech. Dr. Simpson has over 20 publications and 200 patents. He has received a number of awards including the 2015 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the 2014 Sanitarium, NZ Innovator of the Year Award, the 2013 Kea NZ World Class New Zealander in Science Award. He is a Director of LanzaTech NZ Ltd. Avertana Ltd, and Dotterel Ltd. Dr. Simpson holds a PhD from York University, UK, and a Master’s degree from Nottingham University, UK.
Co-founder and CEO of New Zealand cleantech company Mint Innovation, Dr Will Barker is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in IP security, partnership development, building high performance teams and capital raising. With 15 years experience in commercialising technologies, Will has worked with some of New Zealand's largest deep tech success stories including LanzaTech and RocketLab. Passionate about early stage biotech, Will was previously CEO of NZBIO and is currently on the Board of the Health Research Council and KiwiNet.
Imche is passionate about supporting New Zealand’s deep technology industries. She works with science and tech start-ups as the General Manager of LevelTwo and is an advocate for investing for the long term in companies that solve global problems. She is also the CEO of Chiasma, an organisation which teaches soft skills and commercial know-how to hard science tertiary students. Though she is supporter of all facets of deep technology, she has a background and particular interest in biotechnology ventures. She sits on a number of investment committees and is a mentor to several young entrepreneurs.
Peter Beck is the founder and chief executive of Rocket Lab. Since founding the business in 2006, Peter has grown Rocket Lab to become a globally recognized industry leader in space and a billion-dollar company employing world-class engineers and technicians. Under Peter’s guidance, Rocket Lab’s launch model will see thousands of small satellites reach orbit on their terms.
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