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TechWeek19: MUV Talks + Startup Grind

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are thrilled to announce MUV Talks and Startup Grind are teaming up for a special edition during Techweek 2019!

Our next event is dedicated to ‘failures’. We have heard many inspiring stories of various heroes or leaders, but have they achieved success overnight? Nope, they have struggled, fought against the odds, changed directions and overcome many obstacles on the way to achieving their dream goals.

This time we will be celebrating the hero’s journey by sharing the experiences and lessons from some brave and persevering entrepreneurs. Come along to meet awesome people and hear inspiring stories from our speakers that will prove to you that great innovators don’t fear failure, they embrace it and learn from it.

Tickets include event entry, pizza & beverages.

What is MUV Talks?

A non-profit series focused on building capability and relationships within communities. What makes MUV Talks special is that it is driven by the purpose of celebrating and empowering everyday people who are doing incredible things. We focus on sharing stories that may otherwise not be heard. Each event consists of seven talks for seven minutes, from a diverse set of people with different experiences and points of view, talking about one common theme. Our unique approach to networking helps to create an energetic and friendly environment that guarantees an exceptional experience for our attendees.

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

Introducing our inspiring speakers!

Meet Wendy Thompson

Marketer and entrepreneur Wendy Thompson is the founder and CEO of Socialites – 2018 Australasian Social Media Agency of the Year. Socialites helps small and large businesses use social media to connect with their communities through award-winning campaigns, managed service packages, an online academy and executive coaching.

Wendy was a finalist in the 2018 NEXT Women of the Year Awards, was awarded the Ernst & Young Winning Women Scholarship in 2015, as well as picking up a place for Socialites on the Deloitte Fast 50. She also sits on the board of the Entrepreneur Organisation NZ Chapter.

Meet Dale Clareburt

With over 20 years of recruitment and executive experience under her belt, Dale’s earned her stripes. As CEO and co-founder of Weirdly, she’s living right on the forefront of innovation in the recruitment industry – finding ways to harness machine learning, AI and predictive analytics to reimagine old processes, and ushering in the Future of Work.

Meet Kirsti Grant

Kirsti is the Co-founder & CEO at Populate a startup in the midst of both People & Finance Tech that helps companies around the world scale smarter through better planning and more accessible people data.

Building successful companies with positive, sustainable cultures filled with people loving their work is Kirsti’s ultimate goal. To help make that happen for more NZ companies Kirsti has current advisory roles with a number of well known high growth technology startups including Mobi2Go, Trineo, Auror & Melodics.

Outside of work, Kirsti is known for providing excellent restaurant recommendations and dreaming of owning a fleet of Prosecco Vans.

Meet Rebecca Mills

Rebecca Mills is the Managing Director and Founder of the Transformation Agency, The Lever Room™. The Lever Room™ works at the intersection of innovation, technology and sustainability, helping clients to create positive impact at scale.

A former biosphere scientist with experience across multi-disciplines, Rebecca is known for her abilities to think holistically and create practical business solutions that are win-wins for people, profit and nature.

She was a founding team member of Sir Richard Branson’s B TeamThe Edmund Hilary Fellowship, Te Awaroa: Voice of the River and selected as the Founding Curator of Global Shapers Auckland on behalf of the World Economic Forum. See her work at

This event is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors!


May 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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