Groundswell: Future of R&D?

Groundswell event: What is the Future of R&D?

Join us on Tuesday the 27th of August as we speak with leaders from different sectors to uncover where the future of R&D lies.

Groundswell is the perfect time to talk about the future of R&D – especially in light of the new Research and Development Tax Incentive.

We think the R&D Tax Incentive is one of the most significant changes for New Zealand businesses in recent times. The incentive aims to up NZ’s GDP spend on R&D. But where is this money best spent? What does it mean for NZ overall? And can your business get a piece of the action?

What to expect

Don’t worry, we’re not going to bore you about tax! We’ll keep that part brief. The main attraction is hearing from business leaders with a huge amount of R&D know-how behind them. Each speaker will give a brief talk sharing their experience and insights. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

When: Tuesday 27th August 5.15pm – 7pm

Where: Priority One, Ground Floor, 29 Grey St, Tauranga

Get involved in the conversation and book your tickets to this FREE event now. Spaces are limited.

Speakers / Panel

Dr Matt Glenn - CEO - Robotics Plus

Dr Matt Glenn

CEO – Robotics Plus

Robotics Plus CEO Matt Glenn has a rich history working in commercial scientific and technology industries. With ambitions to lead the world in robotics development focused on our food and fibre industries, R&D is what makes Robotics Plus tick. Before joining Robotics Plus, Matt was CEO of Hill Laboratories, New Zealand’s leading analytical testing laboratory.  He has also held senior roles at Fonterra, Ballance Agri-nutrients and Genesis Research and Development where he helped develop the largest genomics platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greg Jarvis - CEO - Bluelab

Greg Jarvis

CEO – Bluelab

Greg has been at the helm of agri-tech electronic instrument company Bluelab since 2000. Investing heavily in R&D has helped establish the business as an industry leader and export success.

Winner of the 2019 ExportNZ BOP Excellence in Innovation award, Bluelab lives and breathes innovation.

Timothy Allan - CEO -UBCO Bikes

Timothy Allan

CEO – UBCO Bikes

Timothy Allan has over 20 years of experience as an innovation and R&D Leader. As UBCO CEO his focus now is taking the UBCO electric utility bike to the world and growing this innovative Kiwi business. Prior to leading UBCO, Tim established product development company Locus Research which he led for 15 years. Timothy has operated across diverse industries from sporting and equipment, to construction products, medical devices and aerospace. He has advised some of New Zealand’s leading companies on R&D and Innovation as well as being an active early stage investor.

Dr Juliet Ansell

Dr Juliet Ansell

Innovation Manager – Zespri International

Juliet joined Zespri in July 2014 as an Innovation Leader, Health & Nutrition overseeing the scientific research that supports health communications in the global markets. She is now the Innovation Manager at Zespri overseeing research platforms across the value chain.

Groundswell: Future of R&D?

If your business does any R&D or has any plans to, this is the perfect event for you. Get your free tickets here.

About Groundswell

From 26 August to 9 September Tauranga will come alive with a range of events that will push boundaries and break the mould.

Engage with game-changing founders, revolutionary business leaders and cutting-edge social entrepreneurs. Hear from high-performance athletes, international chefs, local and international innovation heroes, as well as experts from adidas, Hootsuite, Weta Workshop, Air New Zealand and more.

See full program here.



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