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Pathways to Tech - Tech Startups & Entrepreneurs

Calling budding entrepreneurs, curious minds, young innovators. Be inspired by local tech entrepreneurs, start-ups & the supporting organisations that can help you on the way.


Tuesday 25 May
5:00pm - 6:30pm

ARA Institute of Canterbury, Block C,
130 Madras St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
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Pathways to Tech - Tech Startups & Entrepreneurship in Ōtautahi/Christchurch

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Wondering how to go about creating your own tech startup? Curious to hear from others who’ve chosen this path?

This event is aimed at senior secondary school students, whanau, educators and wannabe entrepreneurs who are interested in learning more about Christchurch's thriving tech start-up scene. 

There’s a lot going on in the tech in Christchurch, but it often flies under the radar. At this event you will meet local tech entrepreneurs and innovators and hear from some of the support organisations like ThincLab at the University of Canterbury Centre of Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Awesome at Te Ohaka, Ara Institute of Canterbury that might help you on your way.

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Nathan Taylor

Chief Operating Officer

Nathan’s role at Partly sits between their Growth, Product, and Data teams, ensuring the company trajectory aligns with the mission and the customer’s needs. Prior to Partly, Nathan co-founded NZ’s second-largest online marketplace.

He has a master’s degree in linguistics and previously worked as a translator in Indonesia and China.

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Lucy Turner and Luke Campbell


Luke & Lucy co-founded the software company Vxt, about two years ago whilst full-time students at UC. Their team now includes staff in Australia & New Zealand and serves thousands of customers all over the world. Today, they'll share their story and thoughts on what it takes to build a startup.

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Jack Wood

Co-founder & Chief Customer Officer

Jack is a co-founder and the CCO for the New Zealand-based edtech company, Komodo. Jack works alongside numerous schools across New Zealand, Australia and beyond to implement Komodo's wellbeing software solutions that enable schools to better understand, manage and improve school-wide wellbeing.

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Liz Pittman

Chief Student Wrangler

Liz is the Chief Student Wrangler for the Young Enterprise Scheme, cheering on over 4500 students around the country as they set up and run their own businesses. YES is the perfect way to unleash your inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first-hand.

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Michelle Polglase

Enterprise Manager

Michelle is passionate about supporting the innovation ecosystem, developing entrepreneurial capabilities, and driving business value and has extensive experience both as a business founder, and within high-growth global tech companies.
Michelle is delighted to have joined the team at the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship, delivering innovation programmes and supporting ThincLab’s founder incubator for high growth-potential companies.

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