The evident under-representation of Māori, as well as Pacific Islander, low-income, and other students in entrepreneurial activity persists in part because indigenous and other non-western cultures have been stereo-typically portrayed as antithetical towards excellence in technology and innovation; these notions carry into young peoples self-belief, and consequently their self-identification regarding their potential to excel or have place in enterprise, and ultimately feelings that they do not belong in such spaces.
We need to challenge the status quo by demonstrating that capability is not the barrier, and that the real impediment is us restricting access to young minds.
This event is being held at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280E Grey Street, Gisborne, Tairāwhiti and can be attended physically or virtually.
You can drop into this event at any time.
Head of Maori Engagement at Young Enterprise, and former Maori Business and Relationships Manager at Callaghan innovation, Ian Musson has a passion for supporting Maori in the tech and innovation space.
Ian was the inaugural Programme Director for Kōkiri, New Zealand’s accelerator dedicated to speeding up the development of Māori-led start-ups. Ian views each of his roles as connecting-the-dots and building the people who build their business. Ian thrives on his work and loves supporting people towards their definition of success. His professional history spans the corporate, tertiary, start-up, and most recently not-for-profit sectors; Ian also holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA from The University of Waikato.