Nigel is a veteran entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of Escea. Since founding Escea in 2002, Nigel has led his company from a fledgling Dunedin startup to become an industry leader in gas fireplaces winning multiple awards, including winning the Deloitte Fast 50 Award three years in a row. Escea continues to proudly manufacture its products right here in Dunedin.
Jason is a tech entrepreneur and the CEO of finance software startup Pocketsmith. Jason also co-founded and successfully ran the original Distiller startup incubator.
Emily is the co-founder of local clothing boutique Silkbody, specialising in clothing made of natural silk. She also co-founded Dunedin Online, and is the Chairperson of Dunedin Designed Inc, the society that runs the local Guild retail collective.
Conrad coordinates all of the projects in which Startup Dunedin has a stake, keeps records on behalf of the board, and manages the financial and administrative responsibilities of the trust. Conrad holds a MBA from the University of Otago.
Sarah Ramsay is the Managing Director of Immersion Marketing. Strategy is her game. Sarah loves getting to the bottom of a business and figuring out what makes it tick, and most importantly what makes their customers tick - so that she can help optimise their marketing strategy and ultimately the customer's experience. Most of all, Sarah loves seeing a business grow as a result of the work her team at Immersion complete.
Outside of Immersion, Sarah is also heavily involved in the Dunedin business and not for profit community, with governance roles on two Boards and regular mentoring of students from the University and Polytech. Dunedin, she believes, is one of the best little cities in the world to live in, and she makes it part of her mission to see it flourish by keeping the talented future business leaders here.
In her spare time, she's an avid mountain-biker, swimmer and multi-sporter.
Casey is an optimistic startup enthusiast and has been involved with the Startup community since 2015. He looks after the Startup Space, runs events like Startup Weekend Dunedin and Co.Starters, and connects people for anything entrepreneur related. Casey is also the CEO of Geia (Global Environmental Impact Assessment), a social enterprise that helps businesses profit through sustainability while empowering consumers.
Scott Mason is currently the Managing Partner for Tax Advisory for Australia and New Zealand, and has 150 tax specialists in his team. He still manages a large client base in Dunedin.
Scott is particularly passionate about education and life-long learning, demonstrated by his role as a lecturer at Otago University, presenting many courses for TEO Training, his involvement as investor and director of education start-ups, and his own pursuit of further education through Massey and Otago Universities. Scott’s other business passion is as an investor, director and supporter of start-up companies, and he is heavily involved in both the Otago and NZ Angel investors’ networks plus StartUp Dunedin Trust, as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and judging entrepreneurial competitions.
Since December 2016, Robin has held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean Otago Business School, University of Otago. Robin joined the board in February 2017.
Mike is the Group Manager at Otago Polytechnic, and joined the board in February 2017.