Connect: Talks to Inspire- An Entrepreneurial Journey

Date: Wednesday 3 Aug 2022     Time: 12pm to 1:30pm

Venue: St Johns Bar & Eatery 5 Cable Street Wellington, 6011

Asantha Wijeyeratne’s entrepreneurial journey began as a 22-year-old migrant with 500 US dollars in his pocket; now he is the CEO and major shareholder of a NZX listed company.

Join us for our second Connect session, Pivot! We will hear from Asantha, a 2021 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year – and how his obsession with customer care over everything else was the pillar of the successful businesses he has helped build. How he went from semi retiring in 2014, to starting a tech company that is now a market leader. And finally, what the last 18 months have taught him about entrepreneurial vision.

In partnership with BNZ and St John’s Bar & Eatery these sessions offer a prime opportunity to escape the cold weather, enjoy connecting with other like-minded professionals and hear from an inspiring speaker.

Seats are limited, so register now to secure your place.

Tickets include a buffet lunch and beverage.


* 12.00pm – Buffet lunch with drink & networking

* 12.30pm – Guest speaker

* 1.15pm – Q&A

* 1.30pm – Event concludes

A little more about Asantha:

CEO / Co-Founder of Paysauce.

Asantha moved to New Zealand in his twenties and built a number of successful businesses prior to founding New Zealand’s largest SME payroll provider, SmartPayroll. He sold that business due to technical limitations which prevented it from responding rapidly to customer needs. He founded PaySauce, now a NZX listed company to bring a fresh approach to payroll software and revolutionise the way SME owners pay staff and manage employment obligations.

Business Card Draw

Don't forget to bring a business card with you on the day as we will be having a business card draw courtesy of JetStar.

Go in the draw to win two return flights from your nearest NZ port to anywhere on the Jetstar New Zealand domestic network.

Please note this event will only go ahead in Alert Level One . If we are not in Alert Level One , this event will be postponed.

We are following the Events Sector Voluntary Code. More details on this code are available here.

Prices (per person):

Members: $35 + GST

Non-Member Price: $45 + GST



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 10 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.