Steve Silvey

Otago MBA alumnus, Steve Silvey enjoys making a difference. Steve was appointed as chief executive of Dunedin's Upstart Business Incubator in 2011. Additionally, he is now an active member with our mentor programme, offering professional advice to the Otago MBA students..

Dunedin's Upstart Business Incubator, a non-profit entity owned by the Dunedin City Council, University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, is one of only seven New Zealand Trade and Enterprise-sponsored incubators in New Zealand. Upstart has been helping high-growth companies get started since 2004, by providing incubation and angel investment services.

Being involved with growth businesses was nothing new to Steve. During his tenure as chief executive of Dunedin-based privately owned toilet tissue manufacturer Cottonsoft, the business grew three-fold. Cottonsoft was sold to Indonesian conglomerate Asia Pulp and Paper - the world's fifth-largest pulp and paper supplier - in a multimillion-dollar deal in 2007. Being involved with the company was a great experience, he said.

Originally from the United Kingdom, where he was latterly working for a large government agency, Steve moved to New Zealand over a decade ago. He completed an MBA at the University of Otago before joining Cottonsoft. That was followed by a stint working for printer Wickliffe and subsequently a short tenure in real estate before joining Upstart.

Source: Otago Daily Times, 3 Sep 2011

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