Astrolab works with ideas from across the country. Its head office in Auckland is in close proximity to the city's universities and central medical research facilities as well as the central business community.

Our ventures vary from initial concepts to fully developed ideas and we provide commercialisation expertise, financial backing, crucial go-to-market contacts, strategy and other business assets essential for success.

Astrolab works with innovators in a range of sectors including ICT, life science, clean-tech, IoT, devices, human performance, media, visualisation/VR/AR, agritech, and care/medical. Approved under Callaghan Innovation’s technology incubator funding framework, Astrolab is mandated by the New Zealand Government.

Our mission is to successfully, globally commercialise high-tech intellectual property from New Zealand.

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

RORY MACGILLYCUDDY
VENTURES EXECUTIVE

Rory is tasked with monitoring the performance of ventures and enhancing processes. He has a strong corporate banking background in the UK and New Zealand and has worked in a variety of senior roles from seed through to late stage investment assisting companies with capital raising and addressing issues around strategy, growth and governance.

Brett Oliver
CEO/Director

10+ years’ experience in commercialisation & innovation activities. Roles included composite materials engineering, venture capital due-diligence, commercial and property finance, technology auditor and advisor at KPMG, commercialisation manager at NZ’s largest research organisation, and North Island Manager of Commercialisation, NZ national health innovation initiative.

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Jeremy Foster
Ventures Executive – Operations

Jeremy has over 20 years of driving business and technology innovation in industries that include FMCG, health and construction. He is accomplished in sales, marketing, telecommunications and SaaS. Jeremy brings a global perspective, having worked across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the US.

 

LOUIS NEWTON
ANALYST

Assists venture teams with analysis for validation and strategy development based on market and technical information. Louis has an academic background including qualifications in Physics, Philosophy and a post-graduate degree in Chemistry.

PATRICK BRAY
PARTNER

Based between San Francisco and Tokyo, Patrick brings substantial expertise in managing collaboration and investment with globally based innovation partners. Secured 100+ partnerships between IP developers and industry matching complex IP to international demand.  Excellent connections with North American, Asian VCs and global corporates.

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ARRON JUDSON
DIRECTOR

Provides governance & leadership expertise for the ventures and Astrolab. With 25+ years’ experience in ICT running advanced research facilities for US & EU startups and in senior commercial roles with technology focused multinationals. Director of the Centre for Software Innovation at University of Auckland.  Arron sits on the Return on Science Investment Committee assessing deep IP from NZ public research organisations.

 

Jeff Mann
Ventures Executive

CEO and business owner specialising in establishing and developing start up organisations. More recently, Jeff has embraced mentoring roles to support start-up businesses. He is passionate about motivating and leading people within highly competitive environments.