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Establishing a strategic framework towards action on EDG #2


Recently, I launched a vision and action plan for a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy in New Zealand, collated across 15 years of insights growing the local startup community and peer-reviewed by key ecosystem leaders prior to publishing.

That plan laid out 8 key ecosystem development goals, which I believe…

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Digging into Start NZ Up’s Ecosystem Development Goal #1


Last Month, I launched a vision and action plan for a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy in New Zealand.

As part of that plan, I created a framework of 8 key ecosystem development goals, that I believe, if we could put more top-down and bottom-up- focus into, will create a…

A 20 year vision to put innovation and entrepreneurship into the hearts and minds of every New Zealand citizen

As part of working with The Edmund Hillary Fellowship recently, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect upon my own journey of impact growing the startup community in New Zealand.

In particular, stepping back and surveying where I feel the biggest gaps are that still hold us back from building a…

Taking advice from high-growth product startups in times of crisis

Whilst there’s lots of advice floating around the startup world at the moment about how to deal with this crisis as a CEO, there’s scant little focussed on what it means to product leaders as we figure out how to adapt our products in a changing world.

These notes are…

How To Apply Lean Startup In Government Or Any Large Organisation

Recently I was asked to present the closing keynote at the Future Government Summit in New Zealand. The overall theme of building a more adaptable and entrepreneurial modern Government featured many inspirational speakers, and good examples from the Australian Government on how they’re doing this.

My closing address, transcribed below…

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Our lessons learned being a Government-funded incubator and why we aren’t any more

It’s been over a year since we were officially chosen as the first new founder incubator to receive central Government support from Callaghan Innovation in recent years. After reaching the end of our first year of contract, we decided not to renew for another year.

In this article, we wanted…

The Inaugural Auckland 2018 0.Sprint Cohort

It’s a wrap! Our inaugural 0.Sprint accelerator programme finished up in Auckland last week — so, how did it go?

Last week saw the finale of our inaugural ‘mini-accelerator’, 0.Sprint, showcasing eight of the ten ventures who had significantly accelerated their business progress in just 1 week!

When we set out to design a new model of venture acceleration we aimed to let people get the support they needed in…

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Why we’re excited to see MYOB supporting grassroots entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

Over the last year, we’ve watched tech company MYOB work more and more closely with the startup community in New Zealand, running panels and sessions, supporting startup programmes, and recently producing their ‘state of the nation’ report on the growing early stage ecosystem in New Zealand.

Of course, we’re more…

Dan Khan

Experienced startup CTO/CPO based in New Zealand; Built startup community & accelerator space in NZ; Passionate about helping Kiwi founders go global from NZ.

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