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August and September KiwiNet & partner event updates 2015

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There are some great innovation events coming up over the next two months. This list includes KiwiNet, partner events, and some we thought might interest you, if you would like to view a broader range of innovation events in New Zealand, please go to our Innovation Calendar.

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AUGUST
4

BNZ Connect

National
Event Type: Networking Event
Audience: Businesses, Entrepreneurs, General Interest
 
From 5.30pm to 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month, we’re bringing together local business people for informal networking evenings held in our stores. You don’t even need to be a BNZ customer to attend.
Share stories, experiences, ideas, lessons learnt, recommendations and referrals. It’s also a chance to build your networks and raise your business profile – so who knows what opportunities may come from it.
AUGUST
5

SODA Market Validation Workshop

Hamilton
Event Type: Workshop
Audience: Researchers, Commercialisation Professionals
 
Participate in a unique 3.5 hour SODA workshop that will change the way you explore and validate new business ideas using The Validation Board.
AUGUST
18

Push Play: Protecting your Business Idea

Auckland

Event type: Workshop
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Researchers, Entrepreneurs

What makes a good intellectual property strategy? How can a firm turn intangible assets into tangible ones? When should you seek to protect your idea and when should you just go for it? What types of protection are available to the entrepreneur and how much do they cost?
These questions and your own questions will be answered at this workshop with an experienced IP strategist.

SEPTEMBER
1

Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies

Kansas
 
Event Type: Conference
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Businesses, Entrepreneurs

This AUTM business development meeting is a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the animal health and nutrition technology sectors. This event will include a reverse showcase of presentations from our industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to animal health, nutrition and related industries; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.
SEPTEMBER
4

Getting Funded

Auckland
 
Event type: Workshop
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Commercialisation Professionals

Do you have a tech startup (idea)? Are you looking to take your startup to the next level?
Join us at the next Lightning Lab Founder Series event to learn about preparing your startup for funding and to find out how Lightning Lab can help you get there faster.
Learn about startup funding, hear from Angel investors what they are looking for, network with investors and other startup entrepreneurs and meet the Lightning Lab team.
SEPTEMBER
5

KCA AIRG Industry Collaboration Pitch Fest 

New South Wales
Event type: Networking Event
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Businesses, researchers

The Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) and Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) are jointly hosting an Industry Collaboration Pitch Fest, the aim of which is to identify opportunities for research and business to work together to solve problems of common interest. The Pitch Fest will showcase technology and capability from researchers within industry and academia, as well as research institutes and organisations.
SEPTEMBER
9

KiwiNet Investment Committee Meeting

Rotorua

Event type: Investment Committee
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Researchers

As a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Commercialisation Partner Network, KiwiNet administers PreSeed investment. PreSeed funding is used to turn science discoveries into commercially viable products and services.
SEPTEMBER
10/11

KCA Annual Conference

Australia
Event type: Conference
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals

Raising the Bar; is the theme of the 2015 Annual Conference. As we’re all very aware, there is increasing expectation from government entities to improve on the conversion of research to commercialisation.This conference will aim to workshop through related issues, and will provide attendees with tools as to how we can raise our position and better advocate the profession as a collective.
SEPTEMBER
23

AUTM Asia

Kuala Lumpur
Event type: Conference
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals

AUTM Asia 2015 will be the largest gathering of academic research institutions, industry, technology transfer professionals and entrepreneurs in Asia. The four-day event will feature prominent speakers from North America, Asia, Australia and Malaysia discussing on the latest technology transfer trends.
SEPTEMBER
24

Push Play: Funding and Accounting for Start-Ups

Auckland
Event type: Workshop
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Commercialisation Professionals

Start-ups that have growth potential are often constrained by a lack of resources. This workshop, for entrepreneurs with an idea and business owners wanting to grow, will explain the types of funding that are available (private and government) and how to make yourself more attractive to investors.

AUGUST
3/4

Fishbowl Innovation Event

Dunedin, Christchurch
Event Type: Open Forum
Audience: Entrepreneurs, General Interest
 
These sessions see innovators, businesses, product developers, and industry professionals passionate about fostering NZ ingenuity come together to help increase capability and expand the kiwi innovation ecosystem.
AUGUST
11


Wellington
Event Type: Investment Committee
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Researchers
 
As a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Commercialisation Partner Network, KiwiNet administers PreSeed investment. PreSeed funding is used to turn science discoveries into commercially viable products and services.
AUGUST
18

Sales & Pitching workshop

Dunedin
Event Type: Workshop
Audience: Businesses, Entrepreneurs, General Interest

The Audacious programme includes workshops, the challenge, business coaches and access to the Startup Space - your place to meet and mingle with like-minds. You don't have to enter the Challenge to be part of Audacious - you are welcome to attend workshops, speak to our business coach and work in The Startup Space even if you don't enter the Challenge.
SEPTEMBER
2

First Wednesday Startup Event

Auckland
 
Event type: Networking Event
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Businesses, COmmercialisation Professionals

The First Wednesday Seminar is an opportunity to spend an afternoon with the experts at The Icehouse Business Growth Center, recognised by Forbes.com as one of the world’s Top 10 Technology Incubators. Access our knowledge, tools and contacts to discover how to turn your idea into a business success. 
SEPTEMBER
2

Build your Business Workshop

Hamitlon
Event Type: Workshop
Audience: Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Commerciallisation Professionals
 
Join SODA for a unique SODA Ignite Workshop that will change the way you develop your plans and iterate on versions of your businesss model using the Lean Canvas, the Business Model Canvas' and the Front End of Innovation Canvas.
SEPTEMBER
4/5/6

Startup Weekend

Tauranga
 

Event type: Workshop
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Researchers, Students, Entrepreneurs, General Interest

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.The event lasts 54 hours over a weekend where entrepreneurs, developers, designers and enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and create startups.
Startup Weekend events offer an opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill and get one-on-one time with mentors, local leaders and entrepreneurs, investors, community makers and doers.

SEPTEMBER
8

Creative Game Symposium 2015

Auckland
Event type: Conference
Audience: Businesses, General Interest, Researchers, Commercialisation Professionals
 
Colab in collaboration with The School of Art and Design are pleased to announce the inaugural AUT PIGsty (Play, Interactivity and Games Studio) Symposium.Creative Gaming (CG2015) is an event to launch the first in a series of annual academic symposia that will showcase creative gaming, playful interactivity and serious games. The event includes panels and presentations from both industry practitioners and academic researchers, plus a showcase of the capabilities of AUT University students.
SEPTEMBER
10

MORGO 2015

Northland
Event type: Conference
Audience: Businesses, Entrepreneurs

MORGO is the annual get together for people actively building high growth companies into the world. The MORGO 2014 theme was Invest for Growth – thanks to Rod Drury who has long been telling investors how essential it is to invest in your business for growth – and go after the market before others do.
SEPTEMBER
21/22

BioProcessing Network Conference 2015

Wellington

Event type: Conference
Audience: Commercialisation Professionals, Researchers, businesses

This conference gathers together researchers, manufacturers, suppliers and others with an active interest in bioprocessing as it applies to areas such as biotherapeutics, biofuels and food processing. Informative presentations and the opportunity to network and discuss new data, concepts and emerging trends in an informal environment is a feature of the conference. 
SEPTEMBER
23/24

NZBIO Annual Conference

Wellington
Event type: Conference
Audience: Businesses, Researchers, Commercialisation Professionals

This year’s theme will be “Defining the Sweetspot: Defining the landscape of New Zealand sweetspots - building value by connecting the parts”. Featuring sessions dedicated to key focal areas in the NZ bioeconomy including: human health, animal health, agriculture, food and natural products. Each session will focus on where we excel as a nation and overcoming challenges to enable participants to make better strategic decisions to play to our strengths.
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