Cleantech is an area of massive global opportunity for New Zealand companies. In this NZTE-hosted session we talk to Mint Innovation CEO and co-founder Will Barker about the e-waste opportunity his company has tapped into, what it takes to succeed as a cleantech startup, and how deep tech companies can tell a good story to attract investors.
We’re also talking to one of Mint Innovation’s investors – David Beard, Partner at the New Zealand venture capital firm Movac – about what makes a company a compelling investment proposition.
You can drop into this event at any time.
This event does not require registration.
Tuesday 28 Jul
10:00am - 10:30am
Dr Will Barker is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in IP security, partnership development, building high performance teams and capital raising. Will is passionate about early stage biotech and has previously been the CEO of NZBIO and currently sits on the Board of the Health Research Council and KiwiNet.
Will co-founded Mint Innovation in 2016 along with Dr Ollie Crush. Mint Innovation has since grown into a world leading cleantech company that uses biometallurgy to recover valuable metals from various feedstocks, including gold from electronic waste. As the CEO, Will led Mint Innovation through the early validation phases which involved multiple funding rounds. In mid 2019, an R&D demonstration facility was commissioned which has now formed the path for building a series of commercial scale plants around the world.
Will brings a wealth of experience in commercialising ‘good for the world’ technologies. Prior to starting Mint Innovation, Will worked with some of New Zealand's largest deep tech success stories including LanzaTech where he was VP of External Affairs providing leadership while the company grew from a dozen to 150 employees.
David joined Movac in 2006 and has been a General Partner on its last three funds. Movac is New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm and had been operating since 1998. His current directorships include Revolution Fibres, Mint Innovation, Coretex and Timely. Previously, David lead Movac’s investment into PowerByProxi through to its exit to Apple Inc in 2017. David started his career in software, worked as program director on enterprise solutions, then as a management consultant for Deloitte and, prior to joining Movac, co-founded 3 software companies.