Nick Gerritsen

Nick Gerritsen

Principal of Crispstart (New Zealand)

Nick Gerritsen is a New Zealand based catalyst and impact entrepreneur.

He loves BIG ideas – ones that are going to lead to global structural change – and is committed to the culture of innovation – unafraid of operating beyond existing boundaries.

He specialises in developing technology propositions from the ground up, and has been one of the leaders promoting New Zealands contribution to emerging megatrends such as Clean Technology, and the Internet of Things. In addition he is also involved in projects in online decision making, digital manufacturing, peer to peer energy, and next generation media and information platforms.

In addition to various directorships and advisory roles, he is Chairman of The National Whale Centre Development Trust (, and a Trustee of both the Akina Foundation (, and The Land Trust (

He operates within a global network across the innovation and capital markets.

Nick graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). During his legal career, he advised leading corporates on intellectual property and later enjoyed a string of successful business ventures, most notably in radio, and software sectors. He has been a consultant to New Zealand On Air, Radio New Zealand, Te Mangai Paho (the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency), and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Nick is based in the South Island of New Zealand and has completed post graduate study at the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership in The Netherlands.