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Seed Waikato October Event

  • Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Hungerford Crescent Hamilton, Waikato, 3216 New Zealand (map)

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Are you 18-30ish, living in the Waikato, and ready to shake up young culture?

Seed Waikato events create a space for you to meet young people, and hear stories, tips, and hacks from local leaders!

Enjoy some nourishing nibbles from Hearth Grocer, a facilitated session, and three local speakers sharing glorious insights. 



Rachel Kelly - coHired - Head of Brand and Value

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Rachel is a University of Waikato Alumni, who graduated with a Master of Science (First Class Honours) in 2005. In 2006, she moved to California to work for a global high-tech manufacturing company where she led, managed and grew multi-million-dollar business units within the USA, South East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Rachel returned from California in 2014, launching a successful marketing and business consultancy called SparkTank, Ltd. Rachel is currently Deputy Chair of NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech). She is co-founder of CultivateIT, the Waikato Technology Industry Cluster and recently accepted a new role as Head of Brand and Value at the local tech start-up coHired, crafting an artificial intelligence platform to revolutionize the recruitment industry - matching people to jobs they love.


Aaron Hardy -  Te Rautini - Communicator

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Ko Manawatu te awa
Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko te Tiriti o Waitangi te iwi
Ko te Tiriti tōku turangawaewae
I tipu ana au ki Papaeoia

Aaron comes from a diverse range of vocational backgrounds. Having started youth programmes, worked as a teacher, social worker and local church leader, he has a real love for people. Aaron is deeply passionate cultural reconciliation and treaty centred connection. He believes that NZ has forgotten her story and is passionate about seeing that story known and embraced, the good the bad and the ugly. Aaron spends a lot of his time speaking to various groups of people and is pumped to come and share stories and hopes.


Greg Johnston - Manta5 - General Manager

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Greg is a young, Waikato-based entrepreneur who is passionate about startup business and innovative social enterprise. Through his studies at University of Waikato represented the Uni at 13 national & international events travelling to Queenstown, the US, Malaysia, India and Cambodia. He was also involved in the 2013 Innes48 Business Startup Competition where his team won the competition with 'Most Viable Business'. He graduated in 2015 with 1st class honours in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Since leaving University, Greg has been a part of multiple startup companies, building knowledge and skills around validating business opportunities and developing business strategies. In his current role as General Manager at Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike, Greg is working alongside the original Torpedo7 founders to develop a revolutionary new Hydrofoil Bike. The Manta5 team recently won the Gold Pin award in the product concept category of the prestigious Best Awards.


And a very special thanks to KPMG for sponsoring our October event.

And a huge thank-you to Jessie Michels for designing this poster!

Check out the highlights from our September event (shout-out to Sam Wright for making this possible)...


Earlier Event: September 20
Seed Waikato September Event
Later Event: November 15
Seed Waikato November Event