Our Founder & CEO has been nominated by
Springboard USA to represent them at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network
(DWEN) summit in Singapore July 2019.
Springboard Enterprises is a trusted
network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors accelerating the success of
accomplished, entrepreneurial women leaders leading technology driven
They identify and grow Women Entrepreneurs
at the top of the pyramid transforming industries.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity for
our NZ based company to form relationships and networks around the world. I am thrilled at the nomination, and really
look forward to meeting some outstanding achievers.”
“We all know the stats around executive and
board positions, and fundraising by female lead businesses is woeful in
comparison to our male peers – even though the returns from female foundered
companies are significantly better. These
events shine a light on the numbers and pull together women around the world
that are in a position to shift the needle.”
CEO & Founder Mel Gollan and CTO Jesse
Whitham headed to Turanganui-a-kiwa (Gisborne) to support Startup Weekend
Gisborne is home for Mel and where RIP
Global was designed, so the city has a special place in Mel’s heart.
“This community deserves the very best we
can deliver, and I think it is safe to say all of the mentors, volunteers and
members of the community that get behind this initiative really understand
this. It warms my soul to see mentors
from out of town say this is a startup weekend with massive mana and
spirituality – no surprise to me, and there was a bit of sand in the eyes of a
few mentors at then end of the weekend”.
Gisborne is classed as a “high deprivation” zone with shocking stats in mental health, suicide and physical health.
“A number of the ideas pitched were how to help this community with what most areas expect to see as basic rights and services. Distance from service providers, limited employment and low pay has a huge impact on this community. The people here have the magic, they have the answers, and they just need a little help in the right areas.”
“We are now working with local community
leaders to facilitate the frameworks and templates needed to make a difference
in this community. If not us, then who?”
What an honour for RIP Global to be invited by Callaghan Innovation to the Annual Royal Society Research Awards evening, held this year at the beautiful Te Papa, Wellington NZ.
An inspiring evening displaying some of the amazing mahi (work) of our humble, talented, dedicated scientists and researchers across the NZ community. The breath of topics, and the depth of the commitment shown by these quiet achievers was inspiring to see. Congratulations to all the nominees, the winners and their whanau (family) for leading the scientific endeavours of our country.
The RIP Global office were thrilled to host The Hon. Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, State Services, and Minister responsible for Ministerial Services and leader of the House.
It was a pleasure to meet with the Minister and discuss the impact a successful, Hi-Technology sector will have on our country economically, socially and environmentally. What we need to do together to future-proof our country.
When the top ten Hi-Tech companies around the world are generating revenues of USD$200-750b, we know we MUST take our seat at the technology table. We MUST muscle up as a country, work as a team, and be committed to getting our country into the lucrative technology game.
What is the New Zealand challenge? Capital, and big customer validation.
Our Hi-Tech exports total NZD$2b. I want NZD$200b, do you?
Most of the big businesses are foreign owned/managed, the hands of the local leaders around technology decisions are pretty much tied – this is why the support from the Labour-led coalition government is critical to building a successful, sustainable exporting machine.
New Zealand has recently slid down the Global Innovation index published by WIPO. This is hugely alarming given technology is the industry of the future – do we have a “hair on fire” problem, about to affect the long term success of our country?
Technology can be built by anyone, anywhere. Wellington, Whangarei, Tolaga Bay or Taupo. University educated or not – technology doesn’t care who you are, or where you’ve come from.
Kiwi’s are just as smart, just as driven, just as ambitious as anyone else. This presents a great opportunity for the Labour-led government to build a framework that supports and promotes NZ Tech innovation to the world.
So let’s imagine if Google was a Kiwi company? What would our communities look like then….?
Coding is the new farming, so let’s #eatwhatwegrow #supportkiwibusiness