Dr Jenny Douché
Jenny is an Innovation Specialist at Wellington’s Economic Development agency, WellingtonNZ where she works alongside Callaghan Innovation to support innovative companies with their R&D. Prior to this she was the National Manager – Business Innovation for CCS Disability Action, the largest pan-disability support service provider in New Zealand, where she developed the My Business programme to support self-employment.
Jenny also developed and was the Programme Director and lecturer for the practice-based Master of Innovation and Commercialisation programme at Victoria University of Wellington, and holds a PhD that explored the influence of business incubators on firms’ strategy development.
Prior to these endeavours Jenny created a book series called Smarter than Jack in partnership with animal charities around the world, and managed a start-up development programme, Activate, in conjunction with the Wellington Regional Councils.