Evaluation Panel

Duncan Mackintosh

Duncan Mackintosh

Investment Manager at Brandon Capital Partners
Duncan was the Chief Executive of WaikatoLink Ltd the commercialisation company of the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. In addition to commercialisation experience, Duncan has led a range of initiatives including the development of seed funds, an international internship programme, and collaborations, including KiwiNet - a consortium of 15 New Zealand research organisations to facilitate commercialisation. Duncan has a particular interest in the agritech and life science sectors, is founder of a number of start-up ventures and has held Directorships with Aduro Biopolymers, Ligar Polymers, Aldera Animal Health, PA Therapeutics and Auramer Bio. Prior to joining WaikatoLink, he held roles in commercialisation and technology incubator development and management. Duncan has a BVSc from Massey University and spent 5 years in clinical practice, including leadership roles during the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak in the UK.

Debra Hall

Debra Hall

Angel investor, advisor and director. Debra draws on her experience as an engineer in the mining industry, a strategic marketing consultant, a business owner and exited entrepreneur to deliver clarity of thinking and strategic direction to the governance and advisory boards on which she sits. In addition to her board work, she mentors young entrepreneurs, trains aspiring directors of early stage companies, and invests in start-up businesses in the high growth / technology space supporting the growth of NZ Inc.

Daniel Xu

Daniel Xu

Daniel co-founded Spark 64 during university juggling a PhD and a startup. Their product UVLens has helped 250,000+ people stay safe in the sun. He is currently involved in multiple Ai and Chatbot projects. He’s a graduate of the Stanford Ignite entrepreneurship programme, PhD in wearable sensor technology, inventor on multiple licensed patents and was Chief Evangelist at StretchSense. At university, Daniel lead the winning team of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, representing New Zealand at the world finals. He is an advisor for the Matu Fund and the National Science Challenge.

Bridget Coates

Bridget Coates

Bridget Coates is co-founder of Kura™, the consumer nutrition division of California-based White Cloud Nutrition, LLC. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors for White Cloud Dairy Innovation Ltd, a New Zealand food and beverage innovation hub which is committed to taking the very best of New Zealand’s outstanding food and beverage products and ingredients to world markets.

Bridget was instrumental in the establishment of ArcAngels, an angel investment network. She is a current director of the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and has held several director-level board leadership positions in the past - Fisher and Paykel Appliances Holdings, Sky City, UniServices and the Council of the University of Auckland. She has managed an investment company in New York, focused on investments in healthy living companies.

Prior to that, Bridget was the chief operating officer of New York City’s strategic innovation consulting firm, Fahrenheit 212. Bridget was the inaugural chair of the ICEHOUSE, an incubator developed to create business opportunities between the University of Auckland and the wider business and government community. Bridget also held leadership roles in the Knowledge Wave Trust and in KEA, the global kiwi network.