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January 2022

Alumni Event & Conference

27 January 2022
AUT City Campus, WG Building, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland
1:00 pm — 5:15 pm

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

In January, we kick off the 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards programme with our invite-only, Alumni Event.

The Alumni Event is exclusively for business leaders of past NZ Hi-Tech Award winners, finalists, and entrants. We have an incredible lineup of speakers for the half-day event on Thursday 27 January 2022.

The format is back-to-back, short, sharp informative presentations and panel sessions that will motivate and help you to take your business forward in these uncertain times that have impacted many of us.

The Auckland Launch Event will take place directly after the Alumni Event, starting at 5:30 pm. If you haven't done so already, please register here to attend.


  • 1:00 pm Registration & Coffee
  • 1:25 pm Opening Remarks
  • 1:30 pm Sessions Start
    • When is it time to hand over the reins? - Wayne Norrie (Flying Kiwi)
      Founders can only take a company so far. Know when to bring someone in who can take your business to the next level.
    • The road to exit - Ana Wight (Vend/Lightspeed), Mike Riley (Cress Global) & Ivan Seselj (Promapp)
      Hear from some of NZ’s leading CEOs/ Founders who have sold their businesses recently.
    • Keeping the Corporate Raiders at bay - Panel Session
      Tips and tricks for tech companies on how to retain your best people.
      Panel includes: Dale Clareburt (Weirdly), Molly Workman (Rush) & Ryan Ghisi (Xero)
  • 3:00 pm Break
    • The world is awash with money - Panel Session
      How to make sure you get your pitch right to secure a piece of the pie.
      Panel includes: Vignesh Kumar (GD1), John Robson (Bridgewest Ventures), Lovina McMurchy (Movac) & Lance Wiggs (Punakaiki Fund)
    • Turning challenges into opportunities - Sir Ian Taylor (Flying Kiwi)
      Overcoming the hurdles that are thrown at you to take full advantage
    • How to crash the party - Alliv Samson (Kami)
      Maximising success when entering a new market.
  • 5:15 pm Wrap
  • 5:30 pm 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards Auckland Launch Event

If you would like to attend this event, request an invitation by emailing info@hitech.org.nz.

To keep in line with the current COVID-19 response guidelines, all attendees must be vaccinated and will be asked to show their My Vaccine Pass when they arrive at the venue.