Spark Lab takes ideas na­tional

Since launch­ing, we’ve heard­what an awe­some source of sup­port, in­spi­ra­tion, men­tor­ship and prac­ti­cal ad­vice Spark Lab has been for those who’ve at­tended.

Hamilton Metro News - - News - Richard Sand­ford, Spark’s head of busi­ness cus­tomer and mar­ket­ing

For the first time since launch­ing in Auck­land two years ago, Spark’s free in­no­va­tion and ideas work­shop, Spark Lab, is go­ing na­tional.

Through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, the Lab will travel to Hamil­ton, Tau­ranga, Welling­ton, Dunedin and Christchurch, fol­low­ing a short se­ries of events in Auck­land to launch the tour.

Spark’s head of busi­ness cus­tomer and mar­ket­ing Richard Sand­ford said the com­pany is thrilled to be tak­ing 25 events and 17 speak­ers on the road around New Zealand.

“Since launch­ing we’ve heard what an awe­some source of sup­port, in­spi­ra­tion, men­tor­ship and prac­ti­cal ad­vice Spark Lab has been for those who’ve at­tended. And since adopt­ing a busi­ness fo­cus at the start of this year, and livestream­ing the events, we’ve seen that im­pact shared across New Zealand in truly in­spi­ra­tional ways.

“Tak­ing the Lab to towns that are hubs for re­gional busi­ness across New Zealand is just an­other step to­ward our goal of help­ing as many busi­ness peo­ple as pos­si­ble to ben­e­fit from these ses­sions and move closer to­ward their po­ten­tial.”

The na­tion­wide tour has been de­signed to give both es­tab­lished busi­ness peo­ple and those just start­ing out, the op­por­tu­nity to learn from lead­ing New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional en­trepreneurs, in­no­va­tors and cre­ative thinkers.

The speaker line-up will fea­ture Sir Ray Avery, Google’s Reuben Halper, tech­nol­o­gist Rab Heath and Kaila Col­bin of Sin­gu­lar­ity U. Oth­ers in­clude in­no­va­tion men­tor Co­lart Miles, se­rial start-up founder Will Palmer and Spark Ven­tures’ newly minted CEO Ed Hyde.

The speaker line-up will vary from place to place, with ses­sions cov­er­ing a range of top­ics that di­rectly im­pact on busi­ness op­er­a­tions and re­sults. There will be both break­fast and af­ter-work events to suit busy sched­ules. Many of the events will be livestreamed and all will be free and open for any­one to at­tend, al­though spa­ces will be lim­ited.

Those in­ter­ested will be able to reg­is­ter at spark­lab­series.co.nz in the lead up to the events. Spark Lab will be in Hamil­ton on Oc­to­ber 4 atWin­tec.

Sir Ray Avery

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