Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha 2019

Rotorua Innovation Festival

Rotorua Innovation Festival | 4 Days | 20+ FREE events

Join us for the inaugural Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha 2019 ! Four days of FREE events to share ideas, knowledge and connections to inspire social good and business success.

#Innovate2019 has 20+speakers that have been specially selected to provide inspiration, knowledge and ideas to:
  • Improve our world with a focus on youth, well-being and the environment
  • Launch & grow commercial and social enterprises
  • Showcase commercial innovation and success
  • Fund new and existing social enterprises.

See the full schedule below. Click here for an overview of each session

Unless specified, all sessions are to be held at Rotorua Lakes Council, 1061 Haupapa St, Rotorua.

Attend one session or attend them all.

Registrations are essential as seats are limited. If sessions are over subscribed a cap of two people per organisation per session will apply.




9.00-10.00am FESTIVAL OPENING 9.00-10.00am Introduction to Social Enterprise
Keynote Speaker: Annah Stretton Darren McGarvie, Firestation
10.00-10.45am Empowering Women to Break the Cycle  10.15-11.15am Finding Your Motivation (Your Ikigai)
Anna Stretton, RAW Darren McGarvie, Firestation
11.00-12.00pm Creating life-long connections between tamariki and the environment 11.30-1.00pm Online Marketing Essentials
Katherine Maud, Tiaki Early Learning Rachael McGarvie, Firestation
1.00-2.00pm Overcoming Mental Health & Anxiety 1.30-2.30pm Effective Boards
Liz Wilson, The Thrive Programme Darren McGarvie, Firestation
2.15-3.15pm Environmental challenges and their impact on our lives 2.45-3.45pm Developing Your Innovative Edge (Unleashing Innovation)
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Darren McGarvie, Firestation
3.30-5.00pm How to Best Use Your Intellectual Property 4.00-5.00pm Understanding Your Numbers (Raising Finance & Capital/Tax Basics)
Mark Copeland, Mark Copeland Lawyers Darren McGarvie, Firestation



10.15-11.15am Successfully Raising Angel Investment 9.30-10.30am Grant Panel Q&A
Julian So, Enterprise Angels Representatives of key Rotorua Grant organisations
11.30-12.30pm Lighting up workplace health 11.00-12.00pm Successful Sponsorship Pitches
Clark Nemeth, Antipodes LED  Rachael McGarvie, Firestation
1.00-1.45pm Launching eco-friendly inspired brands 4.00-5.00pm FESTIVAL CLOSE
Melissa Woods, Salt Bags NZ  and Woods Brands Innovation  Keynote Speaker: Tiny Deane, Visions of a Helping Hand
2.00-3.00pm NZ Tech Business Success Story; From Launch to Sale    
Hadleigh Ford, SwipedOn  
5.30-7.00pm Rotorua X Connect 10th Birthday Event    
Mark Lucas, CEO Cannasouth
VENUE: Regent of Rotorua

By registering for any of the Rotorua Innovation Festival events you accept the Terms and Conditions of the event.