Candace Kinser Reed

  • Beachhead Advisor, New Zealand

Candace has had over a decade of experience as a CEO and board director on private, government and listed boards. Her passion is leveraging growth-focused and innovative technology companies to succeed on the world stage.

At the age of 32, she took the helm of bioscience software start-up company Biomatters and successfully raised capital, created the sales strategy, built the business globally and handed over the leadership. She then took on the role as CEO of NZTECH to be the voice of the tech industry of New Zealand to the world, where she led numerous trips to foreign markets for tech entrepreneurs exploring market entry.  

Candace is highly skilled in building a tech company for overseas expansion, setting up boards, raising capital, market entry to the United States and creating investor value.  

She is currently a company advisor and non-executive director for a number of high growth companies including NZX listed EROAD, bovine genetics technology company Livestock Improvement (LIC), and global tech recruitment company Talent International. Previously, she also served as a director for Quotable Value and has worked to develop family-owned businesses McCashins Brewing and the Superb Herb Company.

She is a New Zealand Advisor for Palo Alto data analytics and cyber company, Palantir Technologies and is part of the University of Auckland Return on Science Program for ICT helping to coach graduate students on their journey to successful business formation based on their research focus. 

Candace founded NZ Tech Women and is passionate about developing young girls and women from all backgrounds to embrace a career in the technology sector.  

Candace resides in Waimauku, New Zealand and is a citizen of both the United States and New Zealand.

Advisory areas  

Speciality areas are in coaching start-ups, big data, commercialisation of biotech, board governance, family businesses in transition, New Zealand government relations, health IT, taking a company through an NZX listing process, pitching to investors, US market entry. 

Sector experience 

Agritech, biotech, cyber security, smart data, health and tech services


New Zealand and the United States


Read more about Candace on LinkedIn.