Jenny Douche

Jenny Douché

Product Manager

Product Group

Solving problems that impact many

I have worked at Callaghan Innovation since 2020, and I manage our Startup and Founder Support programme. Having both been part of an incubator founder cohort and run startup support programmes, I have seen the effectiveness of incubators and accelerators from various sides of the table. I'm passionate about startups and about improving their access to startup support.

After my incubator experience I completed a PhD on how incubators influence the strategies of startups, and how they can be more effective. I then created and delivered the Masters of Innovation and Commercialisation at Victoria University.

Startups represent only a small portion of new businesses that are created. In order to be called a startup a business must have the potential to be scalable and achieve high growth. I love the challenge of solving problems and creating solutions that benefit many in the startup ecosystem.

Areas of expertise
  • Founder and technology business incubators
  • Market validation
  • Startup strategy
  • Problem solving
  • Systems thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Diploma in Marketing Management, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, 1999
  • Master of Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, 2002
  • PhD, "An affordance lens on the influence of business incubators on firms’ strategy development", School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, 2016
Selected publications
  • An affordance lens on the influence of incubators on firms’ strategy development. Douché, Jenny Patricia, Victoria University of Wellington, 2016
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