Lewis O'Donnell

Director in Napier, New Zealand

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Lewis O’Donnell is a New Zealand technology entrepreneur. He has a diversified background in tech startup development, digital marketing and creative workings such as branding and digital design.

By age 15 Lewis had already founded and sold his first business. He identified a niche, to blend iconic streetscapes with contemporary fashion; Connecting people to place and applied this insight in creating Gates Clothing, which, continues today as Very Kiwi.

In 2016 Lewis founded his second company, Verel, A digital marketing and design agency. He as a team of strategic and creative thinkers that, have a deep understanding of current and emerging technologies where they apply this in driving business for clients'.

His speed to market and timing enabled Gates Clothing and Verel to achieve business objectives that he had previously found difficult.

Lewis brought a solutions approach to his business and his relationship building, marketing, and negotiating skills ensured that his business flourished with good profitability within the first year.

Lewis is currently working on Utake. The concept is in the development stage and has already come to the attention of Hawkes Bay Angel Investors with Lewis secured a role that allows pro bono workflow.

He has also won scholarships that would wholly fund his studies. Both reflect the fact that Lewis has excelled in business and has come to the attention of Masey Universities scholarship grant committees.