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June 2022

Alumni Conference

15 June 2022
Auckland, New Zealand
1:00 pm — 6:00 pm

For other enquiries please email info@hitech.org.nz

We have a great lineup of speakers and panellists for this not to be missed, invite-only event for senior executives of past entrants, finalists and winners. Plus a very special panel of three Flying Kiwi talking about their journies at the networking event afterwards!

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to share the afternoon with other senior execs and hear from past Flying Kiwi on overcoming hurdles, and when to hand over the reins, investors on making sure you get your pitch right and more!

Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 2 senior executives from each Alumni organisation.

The conference will be followed by networking drinks and a celebration of the 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards finalists from 5:30pm.


  • Big ambitions in a world of uncertainty
    This session will provide key insights on investment trends in the tech sector.
    Presented by PwC and NZGCP.
  • The road to exit
    Hear from some of NZ’s leading Founders who have sold their businesses recently.
    Panel: Ivan Seselj (Promapp), Ana Wight (Vend/Lightspeed), Kendra Ross (Duo)
  • Keeping the Corporate Raiders at bay
    Tips and tricks for tech companies on how to retain your best people.
    Panel: Vanessa Radich (Melodics), Ryan Ghisi (Xero), Sarah Kennedy (Calocurb)
  • The world is awash with money
    How to make sure you get your pitch right to secure a piece of the pie.
    Panel: Vignesh Kumar (GD1), John Robson (Bridgewest ventures), Lance Wiggs (Punakaiki Fund) Dana Mckenzie (Angel Association)
  • Turning challenges into opportunities
    Overcoming the hurdles that are thrown at you to take full advantage.
    Sir. Ian Taylor (Flying Kiwi)
  • When is it time to hand over the reins
    Founders can only take a company so far. Know when to bring someone in who can take your business to the next level.
    Wayne Norrie (Flying Kiwi)