Darren Harpur is responsible for the management of companies spun out of research conducted at the University of Waikato. Darren comes from a background of 15 years experience in the financial sector, ranging from international trade and finance, commercial lending and retail banking. Darren managed a business contracted by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to deliver business management and advisory services to small and medium enterprises in the greater Lake Taupo District, and has owned several businesses himself. He has acted as a mentor to business owners under a nationally funded Business Mentor programme. Most recently Darren co-managed a large scale residential gated golf estate. Darren’s key responsibilities are to manage WaikatoLink’s start up companies through a series of growth inflections, by managing and developing intellectual property, technology development and commercialisation outcomes. Darren has a broad and extensive knowledge of risks facing early stage business start ups and has experience in business planning and strategic planning.