Derek Handley




Sir Peter Blake Leader, finalist New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the year, founder of The Hyperfactory, Aera Foundation, Aera VC and founding CEO of The B Team, Derek Handley is clearly one of New Zealand’s top entrepreneurs.

Derek has had several very successful businesses including The Hyperfactory, a global mobile and marketing media company. In 2007 The Hyperfactory was nominated for more awards in the Global Mobile Marketing Association Awards than any other company in the world. Derek is a very accomplished public speaker having spoken at many events worldwide, on topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, social purpose, marketing and the digital industry. In 2013 Derek published his first book ‘Heart to Start’, a memoir about the beginning of his own entrepreneurial journey, a practical field-guide and his journey to become a new type of entrepreneur who does business to have a positive impact on social or environmental problems. Further accomplishments of Derek’s include being named in the world’s top 100 influential leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business a global accrediting body, named in the top 10 most influential social entrepreneurs on Twitter and an Ernest and Young young entrepreneur of the year.



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