Six New Zealanders have made the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list of the hottest “game-changing” entrepreneurs – and one of them gave Auckland business culture the bash when approached by the Herald.
The business publication identified 30 game-changes – or GCs, if you will – in 10 categories (making it a 300 Under 30 exercise, if you want to be pedantic).
The Kiwis to make the cut were:
• Florence Van Dyke, a star triathlete and corporate lawyer when her sister Chloe founded CHIA, a healthy energy drink brand that produces bottled juices with hydrated chia seeds.
After the Nelson brewery where they bottled their range closed on short notice last year, the sisters had just four weeks of stock and faced the prospect of going out of business.
“We had to decide whether to pack up shop or leap forward,” Florence Van Dyke explains. The sisters set about lining the roof with 30 solar panels that can produce more than16,000 KW of energy, installed bottling equipment designed in partnership with Massey University and Callaghan Innovation and expanded their range to include “Bottled by the Sun”, a range of fresh pressed New Zealand fruit juices.