UK Trade and Investments (UKTI) has confirmed Icehouse chief executive Andrew Hamilton is joining the GO UK judging panel.
GO UK is a competition inviting New Zealand companies to submit their business plans for a chance to win a $30,000 prize package.
Due to a unique memorandum of understanding between the UK and New Zealand governments, Kiwi businesses get the same opportunities and benefits in the UK as local companies.
British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell says there has been significant interest from New Zealand businesses despite the economic crisis in Europe.
“UKTI and I have been impressed by the quality of New Zealand businesses that are looking to establish a presence in the UK and so have entered the GO UK competition. New Zealand is a true incubator of some fantastic and genuinely innovative companies that are export-focused from day one," she said.
“A judge of Andrew’s calibre and experience will bring significant value to the GO UK competition and the New Zealand companies that enter can be assured that they will get a thoroughly professional and highly qualified assessment of the business plans they submit.”
Hamilton is a board member of Ice Angels and ANZATEC, a group concerned with creating a better gateway for Australian and New Zealand technology companies to enter the US.
Hamilton has also been the chair of Incubators New Zealand and Angel Association New Zealand.