Call for proposals

Massey Ventures Ltd Board of Directors Student Observer

Massey Ventures Limited (MVL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Massey University, and is the vehicle for managing the University’s commercial investments. Our job is to commercialise intellectual property and innovative research from within the University. To achieve this, we work with Massey researchers and inventors to guide them through the commercialisation process and turn their innovative ideas into real-world commercial opportunities. We also provide access to early stage investment to support the development of commercially promising ideas through Massey Ventures and our investor network.

The Board is offering an opportunity for a current Massey University student to join the MVL Board meetings as an Observer, with the purpose of offering a fresh and different voice at the Board table while also providing the successful applicant with an introduction to governance and mentoring for a period of one year. The Board is particularly interested  to hear from students with an interest in te ao Māori and Māori led business and investment. The role of the Student Observer will be in a non-voting capacity. An annual (non-taxable) stipend of $2,000 p.a. will be offered to recognise the time commitment required.


Application Process


If you are interested, please submit your CV and a covering letter to

In addition, to make sure we can offer this position to the most relevant applicant, please ensure that you answer the following questions as part of your letter of application (Note: word limit 500 per answer)

  1. Tell us about your study and your career aspirations.
  2. What interests you about becoming a board observer?
  3. What do you expect to learn from this position?
  4. What do you expect you would bring to the Board table?


Please submit your application to no later than 5pm on Monday 22nd February 2021. We will contact the shortlisted candidates for interviews during February.



  1. Board Observer

Be able to attend bi-monthly scheduled Board meetings and have the time to read the board papers in advance of the meetings and note any questions you may have.

Be prepared to ask questions and state your opinion on Board matters.

Respect confidentiality.


  1. MVL Board

Provide the opportunity for the Observer to participate in discussions as appropriate.

Listen to the Observer and ensure they feel safe to talk in an open and honest way.

Actively seek opportunities for the Observer to learn and grow in the Governance role.


Contact person

If you have any questions regarding the MVL Board Student Observer role, please feel free to contact Marina Rajič: in the first instance.