Entrepreneurs Learn And Celebrate At Soda Inc. Ambition Showcase

Over 200 fantastic, ambitious and passionate people from all over New Zealand have celebrated the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial journey at Soda Inc’s Ambition Showcase.

Soda is a Hamilton-based business incubator that works with founders from all industry sectors to create a customised support program based on founder’s needs. Soda goes to market on a case-bycase basis, both locally and internationally, to find the perfect mentor match for their incubated start-ups.

The showcase took place at the Wintec Atrium and featured speakers from Soda start-up companies who bravely shared insights and learnings from their entrepreneurial journeys so far. Guests were also treated to a keynote speech from serial entrepreneur and current Soda mentor, Jenene Crossan. Soda CE Erin Wansbrough said the showcase bought together like-minded go-getters who wanted to learn from and celebrate each other.

“It’s great to see so many start-ups being celebrated and so many entrepreneurial people learning, not only from each other’s successes, but their short comings too. It’s great to see collaboration and growth come about with the help of Soda, we love seeing our work come to fruition,” Erin said.

Following the storytelling session, a short graduation ceremony celebrating all the founders Soda had worked with throughout 2018 took place.

GRADUATES:

Darren Bainbridge from MyApiary based in Hamilton, a Soda BOOST graduate.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • Brian Russell was his Business Growth Mentor

Nigel Dickinson from Kirkyl based in Te Aroha, a Soda BOOST graduate.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • David Anderson was his Business Growth Mentor

Michele Connell from Off the Beaten Track based in Hamilton, a Soda LIFT Graduate.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • Murray McCaw was their Business Growth Mentor

Maggie Mitchell from Departure Lounge Caskets based in the Waikato, a Soda LIFT graduate.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • Rick Wells was her Business Growth Mentor

Ben Hawken and Rikus Wiehahn from Offload App based in Hamilton, Soda LIFT graduates.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • Ali Grigg was their Business Growth Mentor

Torbin Chambers from Journeys based in Hamilton, a Launchpad graduate.

  • Wintec Foundation Grant recipient
  • Kelvin Soh was his Business

Growth Mentor Natashia Lucas from FareShare based in Tauranga, a Soda & VC LIFT graduate.

  • Callaghan Innovation Grant Recipient
  • Malcolm Rands was her Business Growth Mento