Geoff Whitcher was the founding director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at The University of Auckland Business School in 2010 becoming a co-director in 2011 when the Centre’s role was expanded to include academic activities.
Geoff came to the University in 2000 after a lengthy career in industry having worked initially for Unilever in New Zealand and the UK and subsequently in senior roles for Fletcher Challenge in New Zealand and overseas.
Since joining the University, Geoff has been heavily involved in the establishment of a number of key components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Auckland, particularly those at the University, including extracurricular activities such as SPARK, Chiasma, The Entrepreneurs Challenge and The
ICEHOUSE, as well as the development of the new Business School – all of which foster a spirit of innovation, a culture of entrepreneurship and also encourage the start-up of new ventures.
Additionally, he has been involved in the creation of a number of new courses such as the Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship and the Master of Bioscience Enterprise that promote and encourage innovation, commercialisation and business growth.
He is on the board of the EMA and also plays a significant role in extending and facilitating industry’s interaction with the Business School in a wide range of activities such as projects, internships, mentoring, judging and speaking engagements.