Spark Time

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Spark, The University of Auckland’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (which I am now running) kicks off its entrepreneurial calendar soon with its 2010 launch. It is being held 18th March 5.30pm at 12 Grafton Rd, Level 1 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland. This is an open event and each year draws an impressive crowd of students, staff and industry.


The advertising blurb

Come and hear how prominent NZ entrepreneurs have turned their first class ideas into world class businesses and how Spark is helping more kiwis do the same. Whether you are an entrant, participant, judge, mentor or supporter this is your opportunity to find out how you can get involved in 2010, as we give away over $120,000 worth of prizes in our search for the next generation of entrepreneurs’

Like every year we have some AWESOME guest speakers.

Steve Dunstan cofounder of Huffer

    From $14k to a multimillion dollar international clothing company!

    • Finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007.
    • Over 200 stockists throughout New Zealand, Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. Famous for the ‘I love NZ’ Huffer T-shirt Orlando Bloom wore to the The Return of the King premiere. Closed out the 2009 Air NZ Fashion Week.
    • Fourfold increase in turnover in less than 10 years with 70% of production destined for overseas markets.








Ian Taylor founder of Taylormade, Animation Research, Bookit.

    Creative innovator extraordinaire – from Bluebird Chips’ skiing penguins to revolutionizing sporting coverage.

  • Recipient of the 2008 NZ Hi-Tech Flying Kiwi Award and North & South New Zealander of the Year 2010.
  • Renown for producing the ‘virtual spectator’ experience – the world’s first live, 3D, interactive graphics coverage of a sporting event delivered over the Internet. In particular the 1992 America’s Cup and more recently golf, cricket, tennis and Formula One car-racing.
  • Founded Animation Research Ltd Australasia’s leading computer animation company.
  • Former TV presenter for Play School, Spot On and NZ Funniest Home Videos.
  • Ian was a member of the ICT Task Force and is one of four Trustees on the Secondary Futures Trust, developing a strategy for education in 2020.












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