Techweek TV: Mint - A New Zealand Cleantech Investment Story

This session will talk about the global challenge of e-waste and the current lack of recycling processes.

What's it all about?

The amount of e-waste generated worldwide is forecast to increase to over 52 million tonnes by 2021. As the number of electronics produced increases exponentially, this poses the question; how is this e-waste being disposed of? 

In this session we will talk with Will Barker, CEO and Co-founder of Mint Innovation and David Beard, Partner at Movac, about the global challenge of e-waste, how Mint is solving the problem and the potential that David saw in them. 

You can drop into this event at any time.

This event does not require registration.

Tuesday 28 Jul
10:00am - 10:30am

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Speakers

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Dr Will Barker

CEO & Co-founder of Mint Innovation

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.

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David Beard

Partner at Movac

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.

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