Three entrepreneurial Dunedin men
have a goal - to create jobs.
Jonathan Daley, Buks Lundt and Martin Haanen are behind the
start-up business Qntfi, while studying towards Master of
Entrepreneurship degrees at the University of Otago.
Mr Daley, a quantity surveyor and builder, came up with the
idea of a mapping service.
Following a start-up weekend at the beginning of the course,
Mr Lundt gave it some thought, contacted him and said,
''Let's do it''.
Mr Haanen, who was recently made redundant from his job at
Perpetual Trust, later joined the two men and Qntfi was born.
They now had a hand-held 3-D laser scanner which could be
used to scan everything from buildings to ships and tunnels.
They had already received inquiries about aerial scanning.
Describing it as cutting edge technology, Mr Daley said time
saved in assessing buildings or infrastructure was money
''As fast as you can walk around a place, we can scan it,''
Mr Haanen added.
The trio have lofty goals - ''We want to go global, simple,''
Mr Daley said - while continuing to work from Dunedin.
They have established an office in Auckland, but said their
head office would always remain in the South.
Dr Lisa McNeill, from the University of Otago's School of
Business, said the Master of Entrepreneurship programme gave
people the tools to create a job and that was very important
in today's economic climate.
The number of budding entrepreneurs who started a business
while still on the course was increasing and she believed the
economic climate was behind it.
''Part of this course is about giving people a practical
toolkit to get out there and be business people. Not get out
and work for a business, but set it up for themselves,'' she
It was exciting to see many of those who had been through the
programme, which was established about nine years ago, end up
with ''a really good business''.
Dr McNeill believed a lot of people were not aware that
Dunedin had everything that a start-up business needed.
There were lower costs, it was very accessible, there was the
support of the local community, including the university and
Otago Polytechnic, and a strong network of business people.
''It's magically together here,'' Mr Daley added.
Dr McNeill said one of the benefits of starting a business
while still studying was that the business school was set up
to provide contacts and it supported its students into the
Those who successfully launched businesses were later brought
back to the classroom to inspire the current crop of
Originally from South Africa, Mr Lundt has been in business
all his life, including in the hospitality, logistics and
He described the Master of Entrepreneurship course as ''most
probably the best thing I ever did''. He had learnt a lot and
was thoroughly enjoying it.
Coming together for an intensive four days every six weeks,
the ideas just seemed to flow and some of those ideas were
''unbelievable'', he said.
Those on the course came from all sorts of backgrounds -
''we've got dreadlocks and we've got suits'', Mr Daley
quipped - but shared a similar passion.
Mr Haanen appreciated that a fear about ''putting your ideas
and taking it forward'' had been ''stripped away'' and he
believed that establishing the programme was very far-sighted
of the university.
''We're not talking about it, we're actually doing it. I just
think that's the most important thing ... that fear of 'Oh
gosh, should we?'.''
It was also a very practical course, he said.
The Qntfi team had already made connections in the United
States, Canada, the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the
The aim was to provide a nationwide service and potentially
become a knowledge exporter, Mr Daley said.
The trio planned to run an online auction for the first 3-D
scan of a property in New Zealand, with 50% of the proceeds
going to Diabetes New Zealand.