Wendy Kerr leads the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at the University of Auckland. Its mandate is to unleash the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among students and staff to ultimately create a more economic and socially prosperous New Zealand. Her visionary leadership has enabled maximum impact through convincing staff at the University of Auckland to release capital and energy to create facilities, human resource, programmes and other initiatives for the support of entrepreneurial students and staff at the University of Auckland. When Wendy first started at CIE, it was a small centre with only 2 programmes in operation, a small team of 4 and no physical presence on campus. Wendy’s entrepreneurial leadership approach has involved running the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship centre like a start-up. She has had a single-minded vision, assembled a team of driven and entrepreneurially-minded staff, known the value of quick-wins to propel long-term goals and has attracted funding to scale-up. Through being agile, responsive, taking risks and being prepared to fail, Wendy demonstrates to her team and students what it is to be entrepreneurial. Under Wendy’s leadership the CIE has expanded to a team of 14, created a prototype innovation hub, a full-scale state-of-the-art innovation hub and maker space and an incubator. She has also led the creation of initiatives and programmes that have resulted in a 320% growth in student participation.