Judges

Dr Kerry Spackman

Founder & Director of GoldMine Project, World Class New Zealander, Accomplished Author, Formula One Expert

Dr Kerry Spackman is a cognitive neuroscientist and Winner of the 2010 KEA World Class New Zealand Award for Creative Thinking, and the 1992 NEEDA Award for the most Significant Electronic Export from New Zealand. He coaches athletes, business people, and other personalities to succeed within their chosen fields. Dr Spackman has been a consultant to four Formula One teams as well as the New Zealand All Blacks, specialising in performance optimisation. He is also the Director of the New Zealand Government GoldMine program which develops specialized electronics and mathematical analysis for Olympic athletes.

Early in his career, Dr Spackman joined forces with 3 times World Formula 1 Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and founded a world leading program for training professional test drivers based on the Royal Airforce, USAF Top Gun and NASA selection and training programs. This program was adopted by major car manufacturers from Bentley and Ford Motor Co.

Dr Kerry Spackman is also author of two No.1 bestselling books, The Winner’s Bible and The Ant and the Ferrari and wrote and co-produced the upcoming Hollywood film Einstein’s Compass.

Natalie Robinson

Founder of Mum's Garage Startup School

Natalie is passionate about innovation and helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs build great businesses.

After becoming frustrated with the lack of support for early stage entrepreneurs, Natalie quit her job as a corporate banker to build a community focused on bringing ideas to life, which began in her mum’s garage.

The community quickly outgrew the garage, and small workshops turned into larger events and programs focused on building the start-up community and helping people to develop the skills to develop high-impact businesses.

Natalie spends her time working with budding entrepreneurs and delivering solutions to plug the development gaps in the NZ startup ecosystem.

Ross Peat

Founding Investor of Tuhua Fund, Executive Director HealthSoft Ltd, Ice Angel, AUTEL Board Director

Ross Peat is Executive Director and co-owner of health technology companies HealthSoft New Zealand Ltd and HealthSoft Australia Ltd, deputy Chair of REANNZ Ltd (a government-owned niche telco enterprise), an Executive Consultant to NZX Wealth Technologies, and a director of AUT Enterprises Ltd. He is a Founding Investor of the Tuhua Fund (angel and early stage investment), a member of the Ice Angels and sits on the Ice Angels Deal Flow committee.

He is the former deputy Chair of the Crown-owned Institute of Environmental and Scientific Research Ltd (ESR) and was Founding Chair of currency and payments business KlickEx.

Peat is a Trustee of the Hi-Tech Trust and is a former Co-Chair of the ICT NZ industry body. Prior to his role as CEO of Microsoft, Peat spent 9 years with IBM New Zealand.

Anton Gibson

Partner, AJ Park

Anton has worked in the IP field since 1997 and joined AJ Park in 1999. He heads the Auckland office's life sciences patent practice, where he works with a group of patent attorneys with strong technical and legal skills. Anton is focussed on delivering practical, commercially relevant advice to clients.

Anton's areas of expertise includes:

  • preparing and managing patent portfolios to implement defensive and offensive strategies
  • assessing patent infringement and validity issues
  • IP audits and assisting companies to develop and implement a corporate IP strategy
  • providing general business advice in relation to patent strategy and portfolio management
  • advising on intellectual property due diligence to support investment decisions.

In 2015, Anton was listed as one of the world's leading patent professionals in the
IAM Patent 1000 index, based on peer and client reviews, and is regarded as 'exceptional' at tailoring advice to suit the needs of his clients, whether they are multinational pharmaceutical companies or emerging start-ups.

John Raine

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation

Professor John Raine is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at AUT. Previously he was Technical Manager at Froude Consine Ltd, U.K., Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and International) at the University of Canterbury, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Albany and International) at Massey University. He co-founded Christchurch company WhisperTech in 1995 with Dr Don Clucas, Canterprise Ltd in 1999, the Canterbury Innovation Incubator in 2001, the HITLabNZ in 2002, and managed the transition of the Massey University e-centre to a company structure in 2005. He currently chairs the board of REANNZ Ltd and is a director of the Committee for Auckland Ltd. John chaired the 2011 Ministry of Science and Innovation "Powering Innovation" Review. Over the past 20 years he has consulted to the Police and legal counsel in vehicle crash analysis.