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New Zealand's strong response to the pandemic has put us in an enviable position, which is providing significant opportunities for innovative NZ tech companies to draw investor attention and expand. However, while there is certainly money coming into the country - are our tech companies sufficiently equipped to deal with this influx of investment? Are our leadership capabilities up to scratch? Do we have the knowledge of who, how, and where to access this fresh capital? And how do we balance this newfound financial liquidity with the current shortage of talent?

Join us at this exclusive event as we launch TIN’s new, expanded 2021 Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Tech Sector and hear from an esteemed panel of NZ tech sector representatives to share views and ideas for sustaining New Zealand's global ambitions for tech success in a COVID-affected world.

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Date & Time:

Thursday, 27 May 2021
6:00 - 9:00PM


Generator, The Workshop
12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter
Auckland CBD

2021-05-27 18:00:00
2021-05-27 21:00:00
Sustaining Global Ambitions for Tech: And the Launch of the Investor's Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector

Generator, The Workshop
12 Madden Street,
Wynyard Quarter,



Vaughan Fergusson

Vaughan Fergusson (previously Rowsell) is the founder of Vend, a New Zealand high-growth tech success, acquired by NYSE listed Lightspeed in 2021 for $500m.

He is also the founder and trustee of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust helping teach innovation and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds via award winning initiatives like OMGTech!, Mana Tangata, and a new/old enviro-tech school camp they are "rebooting" in Raglan called The Institute of Awesome.

Shaun Maloney
Executive Chair

Seequent’s Executive Chair, Shaun Maloney, is proud to be part of a Christchurch tech company success story. In his former role as Chief Executive, Shaun managed the strategy, risk and return to grow from a small start-up business in 2010 to an award-winning, global brand. The company has been named a finalist in the NZ Hi-Tech Awards for 2021.

Seequent is an internationally recognised market leader in Geoscience Earth Modelling software across the Mining, Civil, Construction, Environmental and Energy sectors. In March 2021, Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) announced it had entered into an agreement to purchase Seequent for US$1.05 billion, making it Christchurch’s first Unicorn tech company.

Bridget Unsworth
Operations Director
Angel Association of New Zealand

Bridget Unsworth is currently Operations Director at Angel Association of New Zealand and is involved in the day to day running of the association.

Prior to that she was Investment Director at New Zealand Venture Investment Fund for nine years and was involved in implementing the review of the investment programme for SCIF and the investment activity across the fund.

She is currently on the board of TracPlus Global, a real-time asset tracking solutions provider and the board of Invest South, an investment fund supporting businesses for regional growth and scale.

Samantha Wong
General Partner
Blackbird Ventures

Sam is a General Partner at Blackbird Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund
backing ambitious founders building global businesses. Originally operating only in Australia, Blackbird was an early investor in some of the biggest Aussie startup successes – Canva, Zoox, Safety Culture and CultureAmp.

Blackbird raised an inaugural $60M New Zealand fund and opened an office in Auckland in 2020, as well as a $500M Australian fund, bringing Blackbird’s total funds under management to $1B.

She is passionate about diversity in tech and venture and spear-headed the release of the Model
Code of Conduct for the Startup Community. Prior to joining Blackbird she was a startup founder, a product manager and a lawyer.

Vignesh Kumar
Global from Day 1

Vignesh is a Partner at venture capital firm Global from Day 1 (GD1), an early stage technology investor. Vignesh leads GD1’s Hardware, Deep Tech, and Health Tech investments, and is also involved across the tech ecosystem where he sits on the KiwiNet and Return on Science boards.

Prior to returning to New Zealand Vignesh worked for Apple Inc., across its US and Asia HQ, on hardware execution, and has spent the entirety of his career commercializing science anchored innovations across verticals such as medical devices and consumer electronics.

Vignesh holds an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and also holds a BE (Hons) and ME (Hons) from The University of Auckland.

Marcus Henderson
Investment Director
NZ Growth Capital Partners

Marcus is an Investment Director at NZGCP who leads the Aspire NZ Seed Fund.

Marcus began his VC career in the UK working for Par Equity and Mercia Asset Management PLC. His core focus areas are software and life-sciences investments and he has extensive experience of investing in and successfully scaling numerous high growth ventures from start-up through to exit.

Prior to working in seed and venture investment he spent a number of years working for Deloitte advising on M&A and strategic consultancy projects in the UK, Europe and North America.

Marcus is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, holds a BCom and a BAppSc (1st Hons) from Otago University and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Max Cunningham
Executive General Manager of
Listings and Issuer Services

Max Cunningham has been Executive General Manager of Listings and Issuer Services since July 2017.

Max joined ASX in April 2013 and has more than 20 years' experience in capital markets in Australia and overseas.

At ASX he has led the Capital Markets franchise to expand internationally, overseen a new Listings framework for New Zealand and grown the number of listings of companies from Australia, NZ, USA, Singapore, Ireland and Israel.

Prior to ASX, he had oversight of Goldman Sachs’ ECM Syndicate business in Australia. He has worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and Macquarie Group in London and Sydney. He has also developed equities conferences and investor relations programs for ASX listed companies

Andy Hill
Auckland Director
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Andy joined MBIE’s Economic Strategy Branch as Director Auckland in 2020.  He sits on the public sector Auckland Regional Leadership Group and is based in the Auckland Policy Office.

Andy is involved in progressing public sector priorities for the Auckland region and works closely with other agencies on understanding and addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on the Auckland economy.

Prior to his current role, role Andy spent 15 years working in Wellington for the Ministry for Primary Industries, focussed on policy development and natural resource management.  He is also Chair of the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust.