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Shayne Crimp – Chief Executive

Shayne Crimp is the founder and Managing Director of Aiotec Limited. Aiotec has been acknowledged several times in the Deloitte Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 and won accolades in New Zealand and Australia. Shayne brings a unique combination of practical and academic expertise to his business endeavours, enhanced by his strong leadership skills and impressive track record in successfully commercializing electronic business to business products. Shayne graduated as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer from the University of Canterbury and has extensive post graduate experience in advanced research and development of electrical and electronic systems. He has lectured in the Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury and has co-authored four papers. In 2002, Shayne founded Aiotec to provide electronic engineering consultancy services and product solutions to Australasian export manufacturers. It has been profitable from day one and has grown organically ever since.



Andrew Plimmer – Advisory Board

Boundlessly energetic, Andrew is a specialist in innovation management, entrepreneurship and IT strategy with a wealth of expertise in taking start-up companies to market. He is highly regarded in the New Zealand Technology sector and influential in the fostering and promotion of start-up companies via his role as trustee of the New Zealand Hi tech Trust, which annually hosts awards recognising the "best of the best" of New Zealand companies. Andrew also sits on the board of the Electronics South Industry Association and is CEO of Motim Technologies, experts in interactive mobile marketing technologies.




Craig Rust – Advisory Board Chair 

Craig is a business guru. He developed the Accelerated Business Growth Programme in 2003 is the founding director of Business Innovators which is based in Christchurch. His passion for small business growth is the result of his many dealings with businesses that had unlimited potential but needing to hone their business skills. Craig is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and owns a successful commercial bakery and retail operation. Craig now specialises in providing strategic business growth and management advice to a wide range of small to medium sized businesses and is also a well-known presenter who regularly delivers a number of workshops and presentations at conferences around New Zealand.