Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Kiwi entrepreneur to be judged by Sir Richard Branson

High-flying Kiwi entrepreneur to be judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak


25th June 2014

Auckland based entrepreneur Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab by Unitec, will be coming under the scrutiny of Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, and Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder, after being named the New Zealand Regional Winner of the Best Start Up Award in the Talent Unleashed Awards 2014. The two entrepreneurial heavyweights will be announcing the global winners at the end of July.

The award recognised a New Zealander who has conceived and implemented a start-up technology-based business that involves visionary technological innovation and a sound strategy.

Valintine's success comes just two weeks after The Mind Lab by Unitec won the Engaging Youth in ICT category in the CIO Awards 2014.

The Mind Lab by Unitec is a specialist learning environment that gives both learners and educators the opportunity to understand and experience new ways to integrate technology in the classroom and to build collaborative skills encouraging entrepreneurship, team work, resilience and creative problem solving.

New Zealand regional judges Candace Kinser, CEO of The New Zealand Technology Industry Association, and Kalman Bekesi, CTO of Auckland based movie marketing company, Movio, believe New Zealand is uniquely poised to catapult its rich technology development concepts and projects into a global arena.

"I think New Zealanders are well placed to innovate in niche areas of technology, particularly in education and learning, and the country's increasing commitment to investment and infrastructure in technology," said Ms Kinser.

Ms. Valintine couldn't agree more.

"It's very exciting and validating to be recognised for the work we are doing at The Mind Lab by Unitec. It's testament to the fact that New Zealand educators really have the potential to be leaders in the transformation of education as the entire global industry navigates and embraces change to best prepare our young people for life and work in a digital age."

Next month the Newmarket-based centre will start working with teachers so they can better utilise technology in the classroom. The post-graduate qualification in digital and collaborative learning will give teachers the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience of the latest teaching practices.

"The Mind Lab by Unitec is committed to empowering our teachers to use new technologies, teaching practices and inquiry based learning activities to enhance their classrooms, their schools and their communities," says Ms Valintine. "At the end of the day we want to dramatically improve the opportunities for our children."

All Regional Winners will now be judged by the two global judges, Branson and Wozniak, to win a five day business mentoring workshop at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa during Global Entrepreneurs Week in November this year. The winners will be announced simultaneously at events in held in Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore on July 31st.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news