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Tech Week Innovation Workshop

Learn to be comfortable with the unknown, to create a vibrant eco-system for innovation and technology, startups and how to support founders

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22 May, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Tauihu Marlborough

New Zealand Wine Centre, 85 Budge Street, Riversdale, Blenheim 7201


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Tech Week Innovation Workshop

Brett Holland has been leading Innovation, Startups, Business Development and new ways of working to increase success since 2014 at Creative HQ, Wellington's Innovation Headquarters. Brett is coming to Marlborough to share his insights on implementing innovation as a business practice, to learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, to create a vibrant eco-system for tech & innovation startups and support founders. CreativeHQ specialises in innovation for corporates and government, for teams and businesses. This session will inspire and aspire

Be fast to register for this workshop and secure your seat since places are limited!

This is an Innovate Marlborough initiative and part of the Marlborough Economic Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2032.

CEO's in Marlborough Breakfast Series goals' are to: - Identify innovative ideas and sustainable development.- Increase awareness of innovations across economic sectors- Build a network for new and valuable connections - Create a sounding board to understand the opportunities for industry.- Provide a sounding board for Council on industry investment barriers and opportunities
Contact Dorien Vermaas at 021 645482 or


Brett Holland

Brett Holland

Chief Innovation Officer @ Creative HQ

Brett has a diverse background in creating and running startup businesses, product development, operations management and sales growth. Brett originally joined the Creative HQ Board of Directors in 2014 before joining the management team in 2015 to lead all accelerator programmes. In his time with Creative HQ, Brett has developed and managed the following services:

Ten Lightning Lab startup accelerator programmes and two Lightning Lab GovTech accelerator programmes;Three R9 Accelerator programmes with the New Zealand Ministry of Innovation and Employment;Three Disrupt Accelerator programmes for Fonterra; andNumerous workshops and design sprints for corporate and government clients in New Zealand and abroad.

Brett started his first business in 1998, and has started and developed three other companies, since then he has also helped over 250+ startups and innovation teams develop new products and business ventures, and has mentored a range of young companies in both New Zealand and the US. Brett has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

As Chief Innovation Officer Brett oversees the development and management of all Creative HQ’s startup, corporate and government programmes. Brett is also Creative HQ’s most senior Innovation Specialist.