ecentre team is made up of professionals who are committed and enthusiastic about innovation. Our vibrant and fun hub is perfect for getting ideas spinning and there is always someone close by ready to help. Our passion is helping entrepreneurs build capabilities and bring ideas to the world and is grounded in years of experience with startups, drawing from our global knowledge base. To enquire about joining the ecentre team, contact Dorian Scott
Dorian Scott, is responsible for commercialisation and deal flow, has experience with business incubation, commercialisation and economic development for the region. As ecentre’s Business Development Manager he attracts entrepreneurs to the ecentre and evaluates new business ideas. He develops and maintains partnerships and develops new products and services for ecentre clients.
Dorian has extensive science and research strategy and management experience through a variety of corporate roles prior to ecentre, where he has often been the ‘knowledge broker’ bridging the gap between academia and business. He has a Bachelor in Technology and a Diploma in Business.
Leanne Taylor, has many years of experience in both print and web design and has recently joined the ecentre team. Her role as an experienced support professional is pivotal as she works daily keeping ecentre and its residents in-check and well-organised. Leanne is the P.A. to ecentre’s Acting CEO, Dorian Scott and assists all staff and clients in any queries. As well, Leanne will be the event co-ordinator, our liaison officer with Massey University and is our favourite go-to person.
Since starting with ecentre in August 2014, her knowledge and creative skills with graphic design has already proved a benefit to the team, along with her great sense of humour.
Flavio Hangarter, is the in-house Lean Startup Coach and helps entrepreneurs de-risk their ventures with market validation and developing early adopters. Through his experience in Sales and Marketing he is able to assist companies in the formulation of value propositions and value delivery.
He has co-founded two technology companies and after finishing his Master founded Astrivio, focusing on helping business owners grow their companies’ smarter using lean and scientific marketing. Flavio helps entrepreneurs answer questions such as ‘where to find more customers’ and ‘how to automate sales.’
Brad Booysen is the first point of contact for new startups to the ecentre. Brad is a 3x entrepreneur and has expertise in the B2B domain and go-to-market strategies. He’s role sees him working with entrepreneurs, University staff and students, corporates, and investors to create companies and products that rock the world. He has worked with over 50 startups across a range of existing, new and emerging industries. Brad held a variety of senior project management roles in his past career as a civil engineer.
Brooke Whareumu, is new to the ecentre and to the administration industry Brooke works with the guidance of Leanne and is happy to deal with all your enquires and facility requirements on a day to day basis.
Brookes dedication to being a part time assistant building facilitator sees her work towards making your time at the ecentre run as smoothly as possible her previous 4 years’ experience in the hospitality industry Emanates in her work ethic dealing with customers and visitors alike. You will always be welcomed with an infectious smile assisting the ecentre and all its functional needs.
Akshay Bhatia, is a Marketing Assistant and works to promote ecentre and its events through traditional and digital channels. Using his marketing experience in venture capital and startup industry, he is responsible to keep the ecentre community engaged and expand the network for further growth.
Manfred Lange, our developer-in-residence is available most Thursdays to help ecentre companies and residents with many aspects of development, including the following areas of expertise:
Coaching technical executives and development teams. Creating and executing a strategic product vision. Building and growing software development teams. Synchronizing product development with customer development. Providing technical expertise from concept to code. Implementing Minimum Viable Products (MVP). Migrating from MVP to first launch or product release. Establishing continuous improvement processes. Selecting architecture and design, technology, tools and development processes. Workshops for scoping and planning.
Dr Chris Kirk is enthusiastic about nurturing student entrepreneurs and innovators. He works with universities to set up Summer Startup Programmes, student incubators and similar initiatives to provide students with hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunities to transform their own bright ideas into new ventures. He believes the ecentre has a wonderful opportunity to work with Massey University’s other enterprise initiatives to build a highly effective student innovation ecosystem.
Chris recently retired as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University and prior to that he was Director of Massey’s Research and Commercialisation Services and a Chemistry academic at University of Waikato. He has experience founding new ventures, serving on Boards, and is currently a Business Angel. He was a Founding Director of the ecentre.
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