Chris initially helped the company to gain an early $99,000 R&D grant from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (now Callaghan Innovation). Unleashed was initially based at ATEED partner Massey University’s ecentre until it grew big enough to need its own premises.
Gareth says: “ATEED has switched on people with a common economic vision, a unified direction, and the ability to follow through by taking companies along for the ride. They have been champions in our corner, approaching us with opportunities to connect with other tech companies.”
Tom has been instrumental in connecting Unleashed with two ATEED-supported networking groups for high-growth ICT companies – ‘Techapuna High-tech Entrepreneurs Club’, and ‘The Unicorn Club’ for companies aiming to reach billion dollar capitalisation.
Gareth says: “Takapuna is probably the best place in the country to base a tech company, with the benefits but not the problems of being in a big city. There are at least 50 high-tech start-ups within a square kilometre of Hurstmere Rd, and endless opportunities to bump into people, share knowledge and talk about things in one of the cafes, whether it’s technical problems, or the need for an investor.
“It is fantastic to be part of the growing ‘Techapuna’ community.”