Coffee and Jam #288

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space.

This week's first speakers is:

1. Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan - JIX Reality 

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Sakthi is the founder of JIX reality - a tech startup that delivers virtual and augmented reality experiences that can market, entertain, teach, or guide. Sakthi was the regional winner of last year's NZ Space Challenge where he worked alongside Orbica to deliver an experience that could guide Antarctic explorers safely across the ice. He strives each day to "cultivate design and innovation in the next generation of curious minds by inciting passion." JIX Reality is based out of both the local Greenhouse in Christchurch and Te Papa in Wellington. His background is in graphic design, yet prompted to "do the impossible," Sakthi decided to quit the 9-5 and start his own company. 

2. Dave Armstrong - Funding 


Dave is formerly a business banker from BNZ, who will share with us his knowledge about funding. His work as the Senior Advisor for Sidekick is focusing on supporting small to medium size businesses with their financial and funding strategies. Dave works closely with startups to raise capital and ensure robust finance foundations. 


Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and fresh bakery bread.

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