Social impact entrepreneur Soraya Darabi spent a week in New Zealand, September 1-4, speaking to audiences and groups about managing change and scaling startups in an Embassy funded program.
In Auckland Soraya headlined Project:Connect (a tech/entrepreneurship/innovation seminar series, of which the Embassy is a founding partner) at AUT University to two audiences totaling over 250, from the tech sector, startups, entrepreneurs and students on leading change, growing a startup and discussed solutions for many of the challenges entrepreneurs face, and answered moderated Q & A by influential scientist and tech star Michelle Dickinson. Soraya also held a roundtable discussion with Kiwi entrepreneurs at key startup hub, Grid Auckland where answered pressing questions to assist them move forward, or scale their enterprises. Soraya also met with some participants of our Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference for a lunch focused around social entrepreneurship and careers.
In Wellington, she spoke to a similarly comprised audience of approximately 50 at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in an event co-hosted by Trans Tasman Business Circle on the same topic. She also addressed a roundtable group at Bizdojo, taking rapid fire Q&A and answering an A-Z of startup-related questions. In addition, she met with young female entrepreneur Serena Chen, founder and editor of Hvngry Magazine, visited some of Wellington’s leading artisan startups and met with individuals from other startup hubs including the Akina Foundation, Grow Wellington and Enspiral. Soraya and her friend Diana Hardeman also attended a dinner in her honor hosted by Ambassador Gilbert, with key contacts in this space including Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
Soraya impressed the audiences in Auckland and Wellington with her fluency in ‘startup’ and the quality of her answers in Q&A.