By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington.
Kate Drane, Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware at San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, is in New Zealand on an embassy run program, to share her thoughts on the future and current trends of crowdfunding.
Monday saw Kate engage with Kiwi entrepreneurs at GRID Auckland’s Innovation Hub, meet with local crowd-funding platforms, and speak to an audience of around 80 as part of Auckland University of Technology’s Project Connect tech innovation/entrepreneur series, started in partnership with the US Embassy. Throughout her events, Kate shared her thoughts on the future and current trends of crowdfunding as a path to market; showed examples of successful case studies in the US; and shared tips for running successful crowdfunding campaigns. Kate also conducted two media interviews while in Auckland, discussing similar themes with RadioLIVE and innovation publication Idealog.
She continued her tour around New Zealand for the week, travelling to Wellington and Christchurch for speaking engagements to local business and entrepreneur communities and strategic meetings with the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, Creative HQ, Callaghan Innovation, local crowdfunding platform PledgeMe, and the Christchurch Chamber Of Commerce.
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