SME&E GROWTH EVENT PROGRAMME
By attending SME&E Growth, you'll gain access to a network of like-minded individuals who share your business ambitions and aspirations. Connect with fellow business owners, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships that can contribute to your future success. The networking opportunities at this event are unparalleled, providing you with the chance to surround yourself with individuals who understand the entrepreneurial journey. Check out our specially tailored SME&E Growth event programme below!
PRACTICAL INSIGHTS + INSPIRING STORIES + HYPERFOCUSED SME CONTENT + 40 SPEAKERS = unparalleled Value
Discover the provisional* SME&E Growth event programme today!
Each workshop stream will have two workshops to choose from, but if you're torn between the two don't worry... we've got your back. All workshops will be recorded and available to re-watch for all ticket holders for the three months following SME&E Growth. Get ready to immerse yourself in a wealth of knowledge and never miss out on valuable content again!
*Provisional SME&E Growth event programme - current as at 6.7.23. Schedule is subject to change as more details are announced.
DAY 1 | TUES 11 JULY
08:20AM - EVENT WELCOME
Welcome to SME&E Growth with a special message from Wellington's Mayor - Tory Whanau.
08:30AM - ASA COX
MOONSHOTS TO MUNDANE MAGIC - Be inspired to scale; learn about global case studies and exponential thinking around leading edge technology.
09:30AM - JEHAN CASINADER
TELL ME THE GOOD NEWS - A rare, unique "insider's view" on how the media works. From clickbait to algorithms and everything in between – Jehan will explain how we can take back control and find the good news, especially during this period of economic uncertainty.
10:30AM - Morning Tea
11:00AM - WORKSHOP STREAM 1
THE 6 FUNDAMENTALS OF SALES KNOW-HOW 2.0
If you need help in sales, this one’s for you! In this 45-minute workshop we cover the 6 Fundamentals of Sales Know-How. We’ll step by step talk you through how to overcome your fear of sales and workshop your sales process. Presented by globally experienced sales coach Ian Cartwright and author of The 6 Fundamentals of Sales Know-How; this fast paced, practical workshop will help you understand the '6 Fundamentals of Sales Know-How' and how to overcome your fear of sales.
Hosted by Ian Cartwright from Ian Cartwright Sales Coaching
BECOME THE BUSINESS YOU WANT - NOT THE BUSINESS YOU CURRENTLY ARE.
Are you tired of your small business feeling like a circus without a ringmaster? Do you feel like you're juggling too many tasks without a safety net? Fear not, fellow entrepreneurs! This workshop is here to teach you the art of running your business like a well-oiled machine. Join us for a session of laughs, learning, and maybe even a few clown sightings (just kidding, we promise). You'll leave feeling like the ultimate business ringleader, ready to take on the world.
Hosted by Rob Bull from Plexus Consulting
11:50AM - WORKSHOP STREAM 2
You built your business off the back of your reputation and referrals. Then you were told you needed to run ads to grow, but that didn’t work. So why not just scale your reputation? It’s worked before, and in this workshop we'll explore how and why it works.
Whether it’s through LinkedIn, Meta, or TikTok, come along to this workshop and let Stanley show you how to grow your business using your personal brand.
Hosted by Stanley Henry from The Attention Seeker
12:35PM - Lunch
1:30PM - FUNDING BUSINESS PANEL
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.
Adrienne Begbie - Prospa - Fintech
Simeon Burnett - Snowball Effect - Crowdfunding
Nadine Hill - 2040 Ventures - VC
Brent Spicer - Marsello - Raised $8mil+
John Kells - Global From Day One (GD1) - VC
Moderated by Suse Reynolds - Angel Association NZ
Learn more about your panellists here.
2:45PM - WORKSHOP STREAM 3
UNLOCK CUSTOMER AND MARKETING INSIGHTS TO HELP TAKE YOUR BUSINESS GLOBAL
In this practical workshop you'll learn about the essential metrics to measure across your digital marketing and website activity, how to appropriately set up the right customer feedback loops, and how to accelerate the acquisition of new customers.
This session is highly recommended for individuals entering new markets or preparing to do so in the near future.
Hosted by Jonty Hodge from Kepla
SCALING SALES TO DRIVE GROWTH
With your sales process in place the next step is moving from organic to proactive sales, and scaling for growth. This workshop will help you work through scaling your processes, telling your stories to grow sales, enabling your sales partners and the keys to successful relationship management. This fast paced, practical workshop will give you tools to grow both locally and globally.
Hosted by Ian Cartwright from Ian Cartwright Sales Coaching
3:30PM - Afternoon Tea
4:00PM - WORKSHOP STREAM 4
HOW TO GET INVESTMENT READY
Considering raising capital for your business? Before you get started, it’s important to understand New Zealand’s investment landscape and identify the right potential capital sources for your business. In this masterclass, you’ll discover the key business components that investors look at and gain actionable tips to help you craft a compelling pitch deck. Accelerate your path to success and gain the confidence needed to attract the right investors.
Hosted by Sophie McLernon from Snowball Effect
"MASTERING REMUNERATION: A WORKSHOP ON EFFECTIVE REMUNERATION MANAGEMENT" presented by Strategic Pay Ltd.
Learn how an effective remuneration strategy & the right tools can help you attract & retain the best talent for your business. Don't miss out on this opportunity to optimize your company's remuneration strategy.
Hosted by Mike Boneham from Strategic Pay Ltd.
4:50PM - MATT STEVENS & PAUL WATSON
CHEERS TO EQUITY CROWDFUNDING - THE STORY ABOUT BUILDING ONE OF NZ’S LARGEST CRAFT BREWERIES WITH CROWD POWER
In this headline presentation Matt and Paul will discuss how Parrotdog has grown from home brewing in their student flat in 2009, to now being one of the largest craft beer brands in New Zealand with one of the top selling craft beer SKUs in their Birdseye Hazy IPA.
From their large scale craft brewery and bar production facility in Lyall Bay Wellington, they are producing in excess of 3 million litres per annum. With new equity onboard, via a recently completed equity raise with Snowball Effect, they are primed to continue to grow the brewery and brand.
6:00PM - NETWORKING PARTY 1.0
DAY 2 | WED 12 JULY
8:30AM - TODD WELLING
THE FOUNDERS MINDSET
In this presentation Todd will provide first hand insights on what mindset it takes to build a successful international agency. Join Todd on the discovery of the path less trod & thinking in negative spaces.
09:30AM - JANINE GRAINGER
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL - Come with Janine on her journey from brother and sister side hustle to the biggest crypto company in NZ. Janine's dedication to her team and ethical growth has created a culture of success, resulting in an award winning company that prioritises financial inclusion and highly engaged staff.
10:30AM - Morning Tea
11:00AM - WORKSHOP STREAM 5
EFFECTIVELY SUSTAIN YOURSELF FOR THE LONG GAME
4000 weeks is roughly all you get to make an impact.
In this practical workshop we’ll kōrero about fundamentals, ego, joy, see-saws and energy. You’ll get tools and tips on awareness, busy ruts, values, evaluation and action. Get on the front foot with thriving wellbeing. Don’t let another week fly by, doing what you’ve always done.
Hosted by Daz Burns from The Good Day Matrix
HOW TO BUILD A BRAND WITH PURPOSE
Join brand guru Ciaran for an engaging and interactive workshop that empowers organisations to stand out for what they stand for.
Be intentional with your design and communications and ensure that your company's mission, values and purpose are obvious and resonate with your audience.
Hosted by Ciaran Jack from Obvious Brand Partners.
11:50AM - WORKSHOP STREAM 6
BREAKING THROUGH THE WALLS OF GROWTH
Growth is hard, but you can get ahead of the curve by knowing what’s coming and how to plan for it. We've researched and mapped the stages of growth from seed to maturity and the mindsets required to succeed at each stage. In this workshop we'll walk through these stages and how you can identify and hire for the mindsets required.
Hosted by Pip Spyksma & Angela Wadell from Sprout
GOING GLOBAL - PROPEL YOUR GLOBAL EXPANSION WITH NZTE
In this interactive session, we'll focus on introducing you to the remarkable world of myNZTE, a comprehensive platform brimming with exceptional free content, courses, and more. Discover how myNZTE can revolutionize your growth journey and provide you with invaluable resources every step of the way.
During the workshop, we'll guide you through the wealth of offerings available within myNZTE, allowing you to unlock its full potential. We want to ensure you're equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to thrive in today's competitive landscape.
Hosted by Megan Huddleston & Ravi Nagasamy from NZ Trade & Enterprise
12:35PM - Lunch
1:30PM - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BUSINESS PANEL
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.
Russell Craig - AI and Data Governance Expert
Prof Ian Watson - The University of Auckland
Matt Ensor - CEO, FranklyAI
David Knox - Principal Data Science, Lynker Analytics,
Asa Cox - Founder & CEO, Arcanum AI
Moderated by Madeline Newman - AI Forum NZ
Learn more about your panellists here.
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.
2:50PM - WORKSHOP STREAM 7
AI BUSINESS PANEL - ROUNDTABLE Q&A SESSION presented by AI Forum NZ
Following on from the AI Business Panel, this is where you should bring all your AI questions to be answered.
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.
A BOARD FOR YOUR BUSINESS - FRIEND OR FOE?
Should you consider a board for your business? How could it help? What should you think about? And how do you get started?
Join us for an engaging workshop that will explore the benefits and opportunities of having a board for your business – and how to get the right structure in place to set you up for success. Our panel of experts will share their insights, lessons and perspectives and what they’ve learned from their experiences. Their short presentations will be followed by a 10 to 15-minute interactive question-and-answer session. This is your chance to engage with our experienced panellists, seek clarification, and gain further understanding of the board dynamics that could play a significant role in shaping the sustainable future of a company.
Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights on the relationship between boards and businesses, find out how a board could work for you – and equip yourself with the knowledge to work with a board effectively.
Facilitated by Michael Fraser from the Institute of Directors. Panellists include Suse Reynolds from Angel Association NZ and Trevor Dickinson from Angel HQ
3:35PM - Afternoon Tea
4:00PM - WORKSHOP STREAM 8
TALK GENERATIVE AI AND THE FUTURE OF GOOGLE
In this workshop we’ll delve into the power of Google's revolutionary tool, 'Checkable', and unlock its potential for exponential business growth; discover how you can leverage Google's suite of products and services to drive your business success; and learn first-hand from our Google experts about the ground-breaking applications of generative AI and discover how it can transform your business strategies.
Hosted by Rob Hawthorne & Graeme Merrall from Google
WHEN THE ECONOMIC HEAD WINDS ARE BLOWING
How do we build strength, resilience and efficiency within business?
Being able to reflect on your plan and why you're in business is crucial to the sustainability of business through economically challenging times.
This workshop will assist you to develop your personal vision for the future and your business through financial planning.
Along with developing a framework for creating resilience and growth within your business through the 7 ways to grow. Small changes across these 7 key areas of your business can have a huge impact on cashflow, profitability and growth
Hosted by Blake Chamberlain from FoxPlan Ltd
4:50PM - SME&E SESSIONS
4 EPIC BUSINESS MINDS. 1 STAGE. 15MIN EACH TO INSPIRE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY.
Prepare for an electrifying session, akin to Ted Talks, but tailor-made for SME success.
Shane Gibson - COP & Co-Founder of AgileData.io
Brent (Spice) Spicer - CEO & Co-Founder of Marsello
Shiv Prasad - Chief Strategy Officer at Defend
Stanley Henry - Co-Founder of The Attention Seeker