My first year running a business was a lot like playing Frogger without understanding how to cross a road. Instead of assessing the traffic, making a plan, and moving swiftly to the other side, my frog was manically leaping in circles, getting run over, and constantly being sent back to the start screen.
Kate Riegle van West
Dr. Kate Riegle van West is the Founder and CEO of SpinPoi, a social enterprise dedicated to improving well-being through poi. Kate completed her Ph.D. in the first clinical study on poi and health at the University of Auckland, where she received the Best Doctoral Thesis Award and was named one of the university's Top 40 Under 40 inspiring alumni in 2021. Kate’s work with SpinPoi has been featured across international media including BBC World News, ABC News, TVNZ 1 News, and Maori Television.