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  • Position: Co-founder of Ārepa, Previously Business Development Manager, The FOODBOWL
    Field: Food innovation

    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

    Angus Brown

    Key skills, attitudes and values for innovation

    Angus considers the following skills are important for working in innovation:
    • Energy and drive
    • Confidence
    • Tenacity
    • Good communication.

    Skills for innovation: The FOODBOWL

    Innovation draws on a broad range of personal skills and attributes. Angus Brown, Business Development Manager at The FOODBOWL, shares his perspective on skills that are commonly possessed by innovative people. He explains how learning about innovation can help foster these skills in young people.

    Background knowledge and experience

    Innovation draws on diverse knowledge and expertise. Each person involved contributes a unique knowledge and skill set, which is determined by their particular educational background, the range of experiences they are involved in through their work as well as their life outside of work.

    Angus Brown: supporting food innovation

    Angus Brown of The FOODBOWL explains what his role as Business Development Manager entails. He describes his career pathway leading to his current position.

    As Business Development Manager at The FOODBOWL, Angus’s role is to facilitate collaboration within the food and beverage industry in New Zealand in order to support and enable innovation. This involves assessing needs and opportunities within client companies and linking them with the appropriate expertise through the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.

    Working at The FOODBOWL has opened up my eyes to think that anything’s possible. Whenever I have an idea for myself, I think that it really could be achieved if I just apply the right expertise and the right resource to it.

    Angus’s interest and ability to perform this role stem from his personal attributes, his educational background and his experience in the New Zealand food industry, which incudes:

    • finance and accounting qualifications
    • working in sales and marketing with a large non-alcoholic beverage company
    • experience developing his own idea for an innovative beverage product
    • networking within the New Zealand Food Innovation Network and more broadly in the international food and beverage community through his role at The FOODBOWL.


    In 2018 Angus left The FOODBOWL to concentrate fully on his company Ārepa that he co-founded in 2012. Ārepa is a food-tech company focused on nutraceutical grade health products that improve cognitive performance.

    Useful link

    Find out more about The FOODBOWL and the broader food innovation network on the New Zealand Food Innovation Network website.

    This article is based on information current in 2014 and was updated in 2019.

      Published 27 June 2014, Updated 26 September 2019 Referencing Hub articles
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