The ICEHOUSE Newsletter – May 2012
- From the CEO - Andrew Hamilton: Save the date, ICE Network Event – 6 July. Tip for the month – be a little crazy!
- Great hires joining The ICEHOUSE crew: Shay Wright, Fiona Copland and Kayleigh Sheekey.
- Checking out the Japanese dynamic: For a week in May, our Head of Māori Development, Shay Wright, will visit Japan as part of the Future Business Counterparts invitation programme.
- Habitat for Humanity are calling this “The Reconciliation Build”: Our new Business Development Manager, Sam, is a busy girl.
- The Team has been travelling around the World: While team members have been enjoying travelling around the World, we made sure they wrote some blog posts to keep us in the loop.
- ICEHOUSE monthly picks: Upcoming events and must reads.
ICE Bridge (Owner-Managed Businesses)
- Coaching: Take your business to the next level with customised coaching for your business.
- Owner Manager Programme: July’s programme is full – get in for number 27!
- Owner Operator Programme: Information event for The ICEHOUSE Owner Operator Programme, Wednesday 30 May.
- Leadership Development Programme: Our May programme started on Wednesday with 30 people attending, this is the most we have ever had!
- Achieving Business Growth: NZTE funding available.
ICE Accelerator (Start-Up Businesses)
- Hatchery Programme: Designed to qualify an idea/concept both personally and commercially, our Hatchery programme has seen many participants engage last year.
- Resident Workshop Highlights: Legal Issues for Start ups On the 19th April The ICEHOUSE held its second workshop for the year with Sarah Davis, a corporate and commercial solicitor that works closely with The ICEHOUSE, running an informal discussion based session covering important legal issues that arise in the start up process.
- Resident insight - OPIA – Optimal Hydration For Animals: Nobody likes to see animals suffer but sometimes, due to an illness or operation, they do. OPIA helps animals make a faster recovery back to optimal health. It sounds simple now but when we came to The ICEHOUSE, the concept was a spider’s web of opportunities that, at the heart, was how critical fluid is to an animal’s wellbeing.
- ICE Angels Update: New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase 2012, apply now!
- Appoint a better board: Strong advisory boards and independent directors can really transform a company.
- Kinfolk Capital – Next Generation Private-Equity: A group of fifteen alumni from ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme No.18 (OMP18) have teamed up with former Kea CEO, Berkeley MBA and ICEHOUSE alumnus Ross McConnell to launch Kinfolk Capital.
- 2012 World Class New Zealand Awards – gala dinner: The World Class New Zealand Awards will be held this year on Thursday 31 May.
- Member news and updates: Janene Draper , Farro Fresh, Tim Aple, JUCY Group and Andrew Patterson, Patterson Associates.
From our Partners
- Spark is looking for judges and mentors, get involved! The University of Auckland Entrepreneurship Challenge is looking for judges and mentors for this year’s programme.
- HP launches new consumer product suite and the much vaunted HP Envy 14 Spectre: HP recently unveiled its hot new 2012 consumer notebook and desktop products.
- Do you know an outstanding entrepreneur, someone who has dared to imagine? Ernst & Young and the ICEHOUSE share a passion to work alongside the country’s most exciting business leaders.
- NZBusiness Magazine Special for ICEHOUSE Family
Shay Wright has joined The ICEHOUSE team full-time as Head of Māori Development, after leading engagement since November last year. Shay is of Te Rarawa, Ngāti Ruanui and NZ European descent, and is the progeny of the Far North. Shay started his relationship with The ICEHOUSE in 2010 as a communications intern, telling the stories of our alumni business growth experiences. Shay is passionate about the resurgence of Māori cultural growth, and growing the aspirations of New Zealanders, especially our children. Shay’s other involvements include as a member of the Board of Teach First NZ, the Advisory Board of the NZ-US Council, and with the Ngā Tauira Māori students association at The University of Auckland.
Fiona Copland is the new Executive Assistant to Andy Hamilton. Having worked as a Production Co-ordinator on some of New Zealand’s favourite television shows for many years, the switch to assisting The ICEHOUSE CEO was a logical one for her. The fast paced environment of the world of TV has given her the skills to organise one of the Icehouse’s busiest people.
One of our newest additions to the ICEHOUSE team, Kayleigh joined us in April 2012 as our Administrative Assistant. Hailing from London she moved to NZ in 2007 after completing her A Levels in film studies, drama and theatre, and psychology. Most recently coming from the Loaf bakery based in Penrose as a pastry assistant, she has also snapped up administrative and PA roles in production work with homegrown NZ film production companies, as well as completing a Live Broadcast Television Internship at the New Zealand Air Games. After working as a PA at an Auckland based kitchen design company, Kayleigh returned to the UK and expanded her administrative background around various companies in London including the Financial Times newspaper, and Barclays Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf, to name a few.
In her role as Administrative Assistant she provides support to both the ICE Bridge and ICE Accelerator teams, ensuring a smooth running office.
For a week in May, our Head of Māori Development, Shay Wright, will visit Japan as part of the Future Business Counterparts invitation programme. The focus of the programme is to give young NZ professionals the experience of doing business between the two countries. The week involves lectures on Japanese society, visits to major Japanese industries, and interaction with the Japanese people. It is anticipated that the experience will advance the relationship between our two countries in the future as we explore new frontiers in economic ties.
Shay will focus on aligning Japanese business with Māori. With the growing Māori economy focussing on direct international trade, and shared long-term aspirations and cultural imperatives between the two peoples, there are many opportunities for stronger economic alliance. The trip will allow Shay to then have the conversation with Māori iwi about the possibilities of utilising Japanese markets, manufacturing industry and investment.
Our new Business Development Manager, Sam, is a busy girl. In between building connections with other NZ businesses and training for her first marathon, she’s heading over to Sri Lanka later this year to help build a village for people displaced by the civil war and the Boxing Day Tsunami.
Habitat for Humanity are calling this “The Reconciliation Build”. The new village will bring together Tamil and Sinhalese families who want to begin re-building this small, war torn nation. In August, Sam and her team will be building much more than houses – they’ll be building a community, and with that, the hope of peace and safety.
While team members have been enjoying travelling around the World, we made sure they wrote some blog posts to keep us in the loop.
Ken Erskine – Director of Start-Up
The 4am Saturday morning start was a bit of a shock to my system but I was excited to be heading to Israel to join colleagues from MSI and NZTE along with Dean from fellow incubator BCC in Palmerston North. Dean and I were representatives of Incubators New Zealand on a fact finding trip to review alternative incubation models.
Robbie Paul – Start-Up Funding Manager
Angel investment has evolved a few times its short history. I’ll begin this blog with an intro to three of the evolutions and will then explain what I think the next one will be. I had this idea prior to spending time in the US buts its premise has been strengthened throughout my time with the Alliance of Angels.
Mark MacLeod-Smith – Market Validation Specialist
“Keep Austin weird” is a bumper sticker that has become popular here in central Texas. Most people agree that the slogan arose from the conflicting nature of Austin compared to the greater state of Texas. Austin is much more liberal and progressive when contrasted with the generally conservative state of Texas. After my first week in Austin, I’m not sure how weird it is but I most definitely believe it is a thriving, vibrant and innovative city. There are plenty of things to do for Austenites, the colloquial term for the populace. On any given day there are multiple events being held around the city that may include concerts (Austin considers itself the “The Live Music Capital of the World”), sports events, art displays or even the annual festival that pays homage to the 2 million Mexican Free Tail Bats that reside under a local bridge! All in all, Austin is a hive of activity.
Upcoming events and forums:
- NZX Master Class – The Xero Listing Story – The Xero team are keen to share their experiences in an open and interactive masterclass format. This session is targeted at directors and senior executives of any company, in any industry, that is considering raising significant growth capital over the next two years. Register here>
- Build Better Channels for Your Cloud Solution – Everything you need for your Cloud channel program. Register here>
- Morgo is the conference for entrepreneurs – Morgo is for CEO’s, CTO’s, CFO’s and founders etc of high growth companies. This year the theme is Success. There will be the usual mix of offshore and NZ speakers, case studies and interesting speakers. But most of all you come for the experience and for who else is there. Register here>
- Innovation and Growth is a ground-breaking conference giving forward-thinking business owners and entrepreneurs a leading edge in global growth. This is the must-attend event for business people and entrepreneurs who want to turn global growth aspirations to reality. For further information, please visit>
Must have a look:
- Growing With China – Tony Alexander, BNZ – publication which focuses on the economic relationship between New Zealand and a country which will likely be our most important export destination within 5 – 10 years.
- Only two seats left – the story of Contiki by John Anderson – What a cool journey, written very well about a Kiwi Icon that is now a Global Icon. A great read and some excellent learnings shared in a humorous and humble manner by John.
- Action Trumps Everything by Charles Kiefer & Leonard Schlesinger – ICEHOUSE friend Carl Sanders-Edwards sent us a copy of this book which is a part of the movement by the President of Babson. It is all about a new wave of thinking along the lines of – don’t think too much, just do it. It might come across as ‘looking for something’, but again it is a really good read and has some good pointers in it for us.
- The Road to Crowd Funding Hell by Dan Isenberg – An interesting read by Dan Isenberg on the new crowd funding legislation that has been introduced into the USA. Read article>
- Making it in Japan - Check out this video clip of the Chair of NZTE’s Beachhead in Japan and great ICEHOUSE friend, Meishi Sonobe. Watch it>
- Benchmark your startup, check out this cool tool. Check it out>
- Call for Expressions of Interest – Sale of Patina Form concrete concepts. Contact Mark Seabrook for more information, email@example.com
The ICEHOUSE has completed its first year in providing a coaching service to clients which has proved very successful. We have built a fabulous team of experienced consultants who are helping to provide very real tangible impacts with over 40 Owner Managed companies. The main focus is for clients and coaches to agree on short, medium and long term goals and the coach is there to help them implement these plans. We often see feedback from our clients who state how motivational the experience is and how it pushes them and removes a feeling of isolation.
“She’s provided an excellent source of advice and really pushing us to grow and drive forward. Its definitely not been easy with how busy we’ve been, fitting everything in, but so very worthwhile. We’re feeling better than we’ve ever felt about the future of the business.” – Anonymous
If this is of interest, please contact Mike Stokes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 308 62221.
Our flagship Owner Manager programme continues to deliver on every level. The programme starting in July is now officially full.
Throughout this programme you will discover a new perspective on your business, gain a better understanding of yourself (as an individual and a business owner), and a clearer sense of where you are going and how to get there whilst maintaining a better work / life balance.
Owner Manager Programme 27 – October 2012
- Block 1 (Auckland) 4 – 6 October
- Block 2 (Auckland) 8 – 10 November
- Block 3 (Auckland) 13 – 15 December
- Block 4 (Auckland) 17 – 19 January
- Block 5 (Auckland) 21 – 24 February
If you would like to know more about the outcomes for you and your business or to ensure your place is reserved, contact Mike Stokes on email@example.com or 09 308 6221.
Do you feel that your business has more potential, but you are not sure how to unlock it?
Come along to understand what value the new Owner Operator programme will give you and your business.
Designed for owner operators, who want to grow their business, but need the tools, knowledge or inspiration to take their business to the next level.
This programme will help you achieve something neither you nor anyone else thinks you’re capable of – an unthinkable goal.
Wednesday 30 May
Level 2, The Textile Centre
117-125 St Georges Bay Road
(Drinks and nibbles provided)
You will hear from facilitator Dr Mike Ashby and past participants that have been through a similar programme and get a clear vision of where this programme will take you.
RSVP to Emily Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 09 308 6240.
Getting a team all moving in the same direction is not always easy. The purpose of the programme is to develop a vision that you and the business’s owner manager can share. It will put you in a position to help develop and implement strategic business plans, strengthening your business’s management team.
You will develop your skills through sessions with ICEHOUSE coaches, external experts, and a network of peers who are facing similar opportunities and challenges.
“It showed me that my focus had to shift. I had always been stuck in the business, making sure things were done well. Now I’m much more focussed on where the business is going, what needs to be accomplished and what skills and resources need to be developed.” - Jason Wilton, Furnware
Leadership Development Programme 14 – Auckland
- Block 1 September 26 – 28
- Block 2 October 31 – November 2
- Block 3 December 6
To book your place or for more information, contact Rob Holmes on email@example.com or 09 308 6203.
Our regional Achieving Business Growth Workshop specifically designed to take your business to the next level. This workshop is all about creating a more successful business by strengthening your current company and looking at opportunities for growth in the future.
You will have your thinking challenged on the way you run your business and discover new ideas that you’ll immediately be able to implement. You’ll also have the opportunity to build strong networks with other attendees as well as an on-going relationship with The ICEHOUSE.
Areas that will be covered:
- Profit planning and business process design for growth
- Turning around the financial performance
- Strategic planning to grow your business
- Leading and managing staff more successfully
- Effective marketing
- Central Auckland 15 & 16 May 2012
- Invercargill 24 & 25 July 2012
- Tauranga 7 & 8 August 2012
- Timaru 23 & 24 August 2012
- Nelson 29 & 30 August 2012
- Palmerston North 11 & 12 September 2012
- South Auckland 16 & 17 October 2012
To book your place or for more information, contact Nina Stairmand on firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 308 6220
Designed to qualify an idea/concept both personally and commercially, our Hatchery programme has seen many participants engage last year. All have gained absolute clarity, preparing themselves and forming a solid foundation around their concept, meaning they can move forward. We are now well into full swing of things this year with clients involved proposing products and ideas from every industry. If you have an idea/concept you would like to put to the test with the support of our highly experienced team.
New Hatchery Residents:
- Storage Solutions / Nikki Cuff, EiR Debra Chantry, Project Manager Lillian
- Online Meals / Tarsha Triplow, EiR Carollyn Chaplin, Project Manager Lillian.
- Orange Audio / Tom Davidson, EiR Peter Wogan, Project Manager Jordon.
New Incubation Resident:
- Deals4Backpackers / Anthony Wyborn, EiR Peter Wogan, Project Manager Lillian.
For more information, please contact Rob Holmes on email@example.com or 09 308 6203
On the 19th April The ICEHOUSE held its second workshop for the year with Sarah Davis, a corporate and commercial solicitor that works closely with The ICEHOUSE, running an informal discussion based session covering important legal issues that arise in the start up process.
Sarah opened by providing some information on incorporating a company and the role shareholder agreements play in the process. This created a good discussion around when an agreement is appropriate, how much detail is necessary and why having an agreement laid out is important for all parties. Sarah also covered the importance of thoroughly understanding what a contract is saying as well as briefly touching on intellectual property.
A few key points from the workshop:
- Shareholders agreements are important to determine how to exit a situation should something go wrong. Every startup should have some form of agreement in place between the different parties.
- Be wary before spending a whole lot of money on legal advice that you don’t actually need. Consider carefully whether its really necessary in your current situation.
- Always question a contract if you don’t fully understand it. It is very important that the contract reflects your understanding of the agreement. Contracts can always be negotiated.
Overall the workshop provided the residents with excellent information around common legal issues that a start up will face with a particular focus on shareholder agreements and incorporation. The information presented was very applicable to start up companies and there was some great advice for everyone to take away.
Nobody likes to see animals suffer but sometimes, due to an illness or operation, they do. OPIA helps animals make a faster recovery back to optimal health. It sounds simple now but when we came to The ICEHOUSE, the concept was a spider’s web of opportunities that, at the heart, was how critical fluid is to an animal’s wellbeing.
The concept had been in various stages of development for over four years and it was time to ask the hard questions – to determine if this concept was a viable business, or not. I am a big believer in the ‘failing fast’ philosophy – life’s full of opportunities so if the concept is going to fail, we want to know about it sooner rather than later, ultimately saving money and time in the long run. Having said that, I am passionate about the concept, it’s taken up a large part of our lives for four years, and we believe in it.
The key question through is ‘can you make a business out of it?’
We were invited to join The ICEHOUSE ‘Hatchery’ programme which is based on Rob Adam’s book ‘If You Build It Will They Come’. The ICEHOUSE team has worked with us on the quest to determine business viability. They ask the hard questions and we work together to determine the answers. In Hatchery, ‘you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette’ and over the next few months the programme will determine if we have a business or not.
Drinking plenty is critical to an animal’s wellbeing, just like humans. See how these puppies prefer OPIA (on the left) to tap water (on the right).
The ICE Angels welcome back Ken Erskine from his international tour of duty. The successful New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase from last year will be repeated this year on 18 October – if you are an early stage company looking for investment contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start your application now. Investors book out 18 October in your diary, this is the one event you don’t want to miss.
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Strong advisory boards and independent directors can really transform a company. Appoint has over 600 individuals ready to share their governance experience with early stage and privately owned businesses. If you are considering bringing external thought and wisdom into your organisation then now is the time to take that first step. ICEHOUSE, an appoint partner, has negotiated large discounts for league members and OMP participants. Visit www.appointbetterboards.co.nz or contact Simon Telfer on 021 321 901 or email@example.com
A group of fifteen alumni from ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme No.18 (OMP18) have teamed up with former Kea CEO, Berkeley MBA and ICEHOUSE alumnus Ross McConnell to launch Kinfolk Capital – an “independent” private-equity venture that will support the development of New Zealand SMEs. Visit www.kinfolk.co.nz for more information.
The Bully Boy Marketing Manager role requires a self starter who is excited about joining a small
team with growth and global aspirations. The role is budgeted at 2 days per week with flexibility to
grow as the business grows.
Bully Boy is a New Zealand company whoʼs core purpose is to use innovation to create better
solutions for todayʼs safety and security challenges. Our core product set is our elegant,
environmentally friendly and intelligent automated retractable bollards for security, public spaces
and site health & safety applications.
The World Class New Zealand Awards will be held this year on Thursday 31 May. Now in their ninth year, the annual World Class New Zealand Awards is a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise initiative delivered by Kea New Zealand. The awards celebrate our tall poppies who have made a significant contribution to the country’s growth and development and who help enhance New Zealand’s reputation around the world.
- Janene Draper , Farro Fresh – Gourmet grocer opening doors on a new brand>
- Tim Aple, JUCY Group – JUCY Rentals have extended into the USA
- Andrew Patterson, Patterson Associates – ANVIL by Patterson Associates Limited was the Winner of the Commercial Architecture Award in the 2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards. See link for picture of building>
From our Partners
Spark is looking for judges and mentors, get involved!
The University of Auckland Entrepreneurship Challenge is looking for judges and mentors for this year’s programme. A great opportunity to get involved and help support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Successful companies such PowerByProxi, Inro and Telemetry Research as well as start-ups, Down to Earth Systems and Nexx are all previous winner s of the Spark programme. Judging and mentoring occur throughout the year with the first round taking place in May. To find out more information about judging and mentoring contact Lusi Mala firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Spark go to www.spark.auckland.ac.nz
HP recently unveiled its hot new 2012 consumer notebook and desktop products. The products include HP’s Thin and Light portfolio and the coveted new HP Envy 14 Spectre, awarded this year’s “Best in Show” at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Blazingly fast, stunningly sleek and boasting up to nine hours of battery life, the HP Spectre uses lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HP ImagePad – an industry first. A full 14-inch screen inside a 13.3-inch body means customers can get more enjoyment from their entertainment.
The HP Spectre’s high-definition HP Radiance Display offers some of the industry’s highest resolution and richest color for better brightness and wider viewing angles than traditional notebook displays.
The HP Spectre is also equipped with Beats Audio™, an exclusive, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre, which has an aluminum analogue volume dial that acts as a visual design cue and works seamlessly with Beats Audio Manager to precisely adjust audio levels.
The new range is currently available in retail stores nationwide.
Ernst & Young and the ICEHOUSE share a passion to work alongside the country’s most exciting business leaders.
This year the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In those years, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries with awards presented annually to over 900 of the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. Each year the overall country winner from each country gathers in Monte Carlo for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.
In June this year, Bill Buckley from BSL Buckley Systems is competing against the best entrepreneurs from over 50 countries for the prestigious title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Imagine following in Bill’s footsteps. You could be next!
Nominations for our 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year programme can be submitted by anyone associated with a successful entrepreneur, or you may self-nominate.
Tim Alpe, Chief Jucifier of JUCY, and alumus of the ICEHOUSE, represented New Zealand at the world gala in 2011. Listen to what Tim has to say about his experience.
In 2011, Olivia Lum of Hyflux from Singapore became the first woman to win the World Entrepreneur Of The Year award. Listen to what Olivia has to say.
NZBusiness Magazine: Subscribe for 2 years (22 issues) for the price of 1 year – $74.00. Get it now>
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