‘Future Ready Fund’ Industry Supported Scholarships at Tech Futures Lab

48 experts from companies leading the way in innovation and transformation in New Zealand have contributed to a scholarship fund enabling a first tranche of 10 recipients to access funding of 25% off their tuition fees for Tech Futures Lab’s Master of Technological Futures starting in November.

General Manager of award-winning Tech Futures Lab, Sarah Hindle says the overwhelming industry support demonstrates the real value of skills developed through capability building at the privately-owned Graduate School.

“We are thrilled at the ongoing support from our industry partners who contribute their time, content, facilitation and mentoring to our programmes. Now with the Future Ready Fund, their generosity enables even more people to radically alter their career trajectories, get future-ready and thrive in the digital economy.”

Since its inception, Tech Futures Lab has carved out market distinction through their large partner network which enables its candidates to tap into the most contemporary thought and practice in business, technology and innovation.

“When Tech Futures Lab approached us to facilitate a session for the students of their Master's program, it was a no brainer. We are both focused on how thinking and working differently can help people navigate fast-changing environments. Sharing what we've learnt and what we do at Xero was just one way in which we were able to give back,” said Ryan Ghisi, General Manager of Global People Programmes, Xero.

Supporting businesses include enterprises like Xero and IBM, through to NZ-owned disruptors Simplicity and Sharesies.

Managing Director of Simplicity, Sam Stubbs says he values the Lab’s human-centred approach to disruptive technologies and new business models.

“For all the technology available, the future of high performing organisations is primarily about people. Tech Futures Lab gets that, and helps enable the best to thrive,” Sam Stubbs said.

Described as a ‘Master’s degree for the modern world’, the programme focuses on the contemporary skills needed to remain relevant, agile and ahead of a rapidly changing future of work.

“Our Master of Technological Futures is a proven game-changer. It immerses professionals in a world of new knowledge and insight to effect change and action. Outcomes and possibilities are unique to every candidate. There’s no thesis or exam. It's about building connections with people and concepts, and developing confidence in the tools, practices and technologies shaping our world now and in the future,” Sarah Hindle added.

Scholarship applications are open now.

Individuals who contributed:

Abhishek Kala, Titan Ideas; Alex Garkavenko, Open Ventures; Alex McCall, Choice; Alyona Medelyan, Thematic; Andrew Sharp, Bobux; Andrew Weaver, Digital Identity; Angus Brown, Arepa; Anna Komini, Zephyr Airworks, Brooke Roberts, Sharesies; Chong Looi, Aportio; Craig Hudson, Xero; Dan Lenton, ASB; Danu Abeysuriya, Rush Digital; David Pratt, Carpenter Pratt Chartered Accountants Limited; Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Spacebase; Frank Janssen, Candida / business consultant; Giovanni Vigorelli, IBM; Glen Herud, Happy Cow; Gloria Yi, IBM; Hiria Te Rangi, Te Runanga o Ngaati Ruanui Trust; Issy Fernando, IBM; James Waugh, Blueblock; Jerome Faury, Centrality; Kendra Ross, Duo; Logan Maire, Rush Digital; Mat Rowe, Dotterel; Matt Shead, Radix Nutrition; Micha Beoleil; Nathan Soich, Facteon; Nic Kennedy, PwC; Sam Stubbs, Simplicity; Simon Martin ,Hudson Gavin Martin; Todd Gisby, Stretchsense; Tommy Honey; Tom Varghese, Healthtech Symposium NZ; Victor Yuen, Face Me; William Chomley, IMAGR; Zach Johnson, Xandra.


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