BUSINESS PANEL Q&A SESSIONS
At SME&E Growth we are excited to be hosting not one, but TWO incredible business panel Q&A sessions! The business panel at our last event was epic, so this time we're doubling our efforts! Be sure to get your questions ready for our panellists to answer in these sessions.
+ DAY 1 TOPIC: FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS FOR GROWTH
+ DAY 2 TOPIC: AI FOR BUSINESS GROWTH PRESENTED BY AI FORUM NZ
+ funding your business for growth
day 1 | 1:30PM | MAIN STAGE
This panel is your golden opportunity to gain insider knowledge, tips, and strategies for raising capital.
Are you seeking funding for your business or eager to learn from experts in the field? Look no further! We have assembled a stellar line-up of esteemed panellists including venture capitalists, angel investors, fintech innovators, and visionary founders who've experienced the funding journey first-hand. From exploring investment opportunities to how to pitch your ideas, they'll provide invaluable insights to help you navigate the funding landscape.
Meet your expert panellists below:
MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PROSPA NEW ZEALAND
Adrienne is a skilled financial services leader at Prospa, contributing to the company's establishment in New Zealand. As the leader of Prospa New Zealand, she manages operations, builds partnerships, and drives growth. With almost two decades in the financial services sector, including nine years at Resimac, Adrienne excels in small business banking, sales management, insurance, and loans. Committed to empowering New Zealand's small businesses, she strives to unleash their full potential.
CO-FOUNDER & MD AT SNOWBALL EFFECT
Simeon is passionate about developing New Zealand businesses into successful international ventures. Prior to co-founding Snowball Effect, Simeon held a number of different roles at Fonterra, gaining extensive experience in M&A, external fundraising, international business strategy development and financial portfolio management. He is passionate about building businesses and the New Zealand capital markets, and loves getting away to a remote beach with his family.
CO-MANAGING PARTNER GD1 FUND
John has 20+ years of investment experience, including 14 in the UK. He was a front office equity analyst at GLG Partners and featured in the Financial News Top 40 Under 40 list. At Tesco Pension Investment, he managed £1.5B in global alternative investments. John is an active angel investor and co-founded an e-commerce start-up. Currently, as Co-Managing Partner at GD1 Fund 3, he brings extensive expertise with a BSc in Mathematics, multiple finance diplomas, and CFA charterholder status.
Brent (Spice) Spicer
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO AT MARSELLO
RAISED OVER $8 MILLION
As the Co-founder and CEO Marsello, I've grown revenue from zero to $7m from 2,000 customers with over 90% of them from international markets driven through partnerships with some of the largest organisations in our space (e.g. Shopify, Lightspeed). I've raised over US$8m in capital from different sources including High Networth Individuals, Crowdfunding and Venture Capital (in Aus. & USA), as well as leveraged Venture Debt as a financial instrument, and lived in San Francisco for two years as part of the journey.
PARTNER + SENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER 2040 VENTURES
Nadine, oversees Punakaiki Fund's investments and directs multiple SaaS companies within its portfolio. With a deep finance background, she facilitates international capital raising for NZ tech firms. As a former director at Westpac Institutional Bank, Nadine has experience in M&A transactions with PE firms and large companies. She offers valuable insights on capital raising, growth generation, and funding options in the challenging business landscape.
suse reynolds (HOST)
EXECUTIVE CHAIR AT ANGEL ASSOCIATION NEW ZEALAND
Suse Reynolds is an active angel investor and the founder of Angel HQ, the Wellington region’s angel network. She currently sits on the Board of Angel HQ and is an enthusiastic believer in the ability of angel investment to make the world a better place. Suse was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and GM Investment at Grow Wellington. She is on the Board of CreativeHQ, the Wellington region’s incubator and innovation catalyst. She is a Trustee of Project Crimson Trust which is using smart tech to save our native trees and is an advisory board member for Narrative Muse and PlayBooks.
day 2 | 1:30PM | MAIN STAGE
The future is here, and it's powered by Artificial Intelligence!
We are thrilled to present a thought-provoking panel discussion on AI, presented by AI Forum NZ. Our AI experts will increase your understanding of AI and its potential benefits for your growing business. You will gain valuable insights into the fundamental concepts of AI, its applications, and its potential impact on your business operations. Join us as we explore the limitless possibilities and guide you on your journey towards embracing AI.
Please note: The Q&A session for this panel will held in workshop stream 7 which immediately follows this panel at 2:50pm. All the panellists will be available to attendees throughout this round table session to effectively answer your questions and provide personalised answers to your AI application queries.
Meet your expert panellists below: