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 ecentres CEO, Steve Corbett 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, heads up strategic partnerships at the ecentre. Brad is a 3x entrepreneur and has expertise in the B2B domain and go-to-market strategies.
Earlier in his career, Brad spent nearly ten years working in the civil engineering industry for some of New Zealand’s biggest companies.
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 Eminates 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 continious 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.
Board of Directors
Wayne has over 20 years’ advisory, investment banking and private equity experience. In his most recent roles he has been working with early stage and mature New Zealand and Australian businesses to understand and fulfil their capital needs. Whilst he was with ANZ Private Equity over half the total funds invested involved agri-tech focused enterprises. In the 2012 TIN100 report on the top 100 technology companies in New Zealand, 4 former ANZPE investees were named in the top 16 privately held companies with private equity investment and 3 were named in the “Top 10 Companies to Watch”.
Prof. Ted Zorn
Professor Theodore E. (Ted) Zorn is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business at Massey University. His teaching and research specialty is organizational communication, organizational change processes, and enhancing workplace well-being. He has published widely in communication and management journals and has consulted with a wide range of companies, government organisations and not-for-profit organisations. Prior to coming to Massey University in early 2012, Prof Zorn taught at Waikato University and, before that, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA.
He is past editor of the academic journal Management Communication Quarterly, and the 2006 recipient of the International Communication Association’s Frederic Jablin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Organizational Communication. He is co-author of the textbook Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization, now in its second edition. In addition to his director role at the eCentre, Ted is currently on the board of the Fin-Ed Centre (the Financial Education & Research Centre), at which he served as chair from 2012-2013. Previously he was Chair of Waikato 2020 Communications Trust, and a director at the Community Technology Gateway Ltd, both based in Hamilton.