Pleased by role in start-ups

Jamie Reidie, of Polson Higgs, has been appointed the Dunedin City Council representative on the...
Jamie Reidie, of Polson Higgs, has been appointed the Dunedin City Council representative on the Start-up Dunedin board. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Accountant Jamie Reidie has been appointed the Dunedin City Council representative on the Start-up Dunedin board.

Mr Reidie, a partner at Polson Higgs, has a vast background in the start-up community, starting in the Young Enterprise scheme in his final year of secondary school, placing in the top three in the country.

Mr Reidie started at Polson Higgs more than 10 years ago after a stint overseas and has been a partner for just over 12 months.

He has also been involved in various programmes at Start-up Dunedin, working as a facilitator for the Co.Starters programme and a judge and presenter in the Audacious programme.

While Mr Reidie would not be a start-up person himself, he said he enjoyed helping start-ups.

"I enjoy the passionate people and being able to help them mould and contain that passion and direct it in the right direction to develop their product.

"I enjoy being part of that journey and being able to be on that journey is pretty cool," he said.

The DCC was the biggest funder of Start-up Dunedin and his role on the board was to ensure the council’s economic development strategy was following through to the organisation, he said.

"So we make sure we are all heading in the right direction and not against each other.

"And to ensure we can encourage the entrepreneurial skills and activity into the city and make it somewhere entrepreneurs want to come to develop their businesses and develop their products," he said.

Mr Reidie believed Dunedin was a great place to host start-ups and entrepreneurs.

"I think particularly with organisations like Petridish, Innov8HQ and Start-up Dunedin, they’re really good networkers and they have built this ecosystem that helps support start-ups.

"The Audacious programme works with university students and helps them build a network in Dunedin so if they do go on to build a business, they choose Dunedin to stay.

"And, I guess, that is our advantage at the moment is that we have built a real community and people are supported," he said.

Mr Reidie was looking forward to the role.

"I’ve worked with some of people on the board doing various other things, but I think it will be good to be part of that board with them and pushing our vision.

"We want Dunedin to be a place people choose. We don’t want it to be the place people end up.

"We want them to say ‘I have this idea and Dunedin is the best place to do it’," he said.

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