Buy Kiwi

Why growing online marketplace Buy Kiwi wants to keep e-commerce local

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A 100 per cent Kiwi owned online e-commerce marketplace is encouraging New Zealanders to support Kiwi-owned businesses and keep hard-earned dollars in New Zealand. Buy Kiwi hopes to capture 0.5 per cent of the fast-growing e-commerce online market – $29m a year – before 2027. Buy Kiwi, based in Parnell, Auckland, supports only New Zealand […]

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Tōnui Collab

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In Founder Focus we introduce entrepreneurs and change-makers working on innovative startups, social enterprises and SME’s around Aotearoa New Zealand. At a glance Founder: Shanon O’Connor Business: Tōnui Collab Founded: 2019 HQ: Gisborne Can you tell us a bit about your business? Tōnui Collab is a specialist bilingual education partner dedicated to creating innovative STEMM […]

PowerUp Podcast

PowerUp Podcast Season Four – Trailblazing Taranaki tales unwrapped

#nzentrepreneur

Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki has released the final three episodes of its PowerUp Podcast, Season Four, hosted by business advocate and CEO of NZ Story, David Downs. Each episode of the PowerUp Podcast features a prominent Taranaki entrepreneur who is making waves with their trailblazing spirit and innovative approach. Through candid conversations they share […]

CEDA

Manawatū businesses to benefit from partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech

#nzentrepreneur

Businesses in the Manawatū will benefit from a new partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech as they support the Summer of Tech programme in 2024. With an aim to increase the number of recent tech graduates moving to the region, they will cover the Summer of Tech registration fee for participating businesses as well as co-funding […]

Callaghan Innovation

Time to start your first real R&D project? Apply for up to $400,000 in co-funding

#nzentrepreneur

Callaghan Innovation’s New to R&D Grant was created to support entrepreneurs at the start of their innovation journey. Those entrepreneurs have formed a business around their exciting new idea or concept, are looking for some initial research and development (R&D) funding and would benefit from starting their own in-house R&D programme. The grant comes in […]


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Buy Kiwi

Why growing online marketplace Buy Kiwi wants to keep e-commerce local

#nzentrepreneur

A 100 per cent Kiwi owned online e-commerce marketplace is encouraging New Zealanders to support Kiwi-owned businesses and keep hard-earned dollars in New Zealand. Buy Kiwi hopes to capture 0.5 per cent of the fast-growing e-commerce online market – $29m a year – before 2027. Buy Kiwi, based in Parnell, Auckland, supports only New Zealand […]

PowerUp Podcast

PowerUp Podcast Season Four – Trailblazing Taranaki tales unwrapped

#nzentrepreneur

Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki has released the final three episodes of its PowerUp Podcast, Season Four, hosted by business advocate and CEO of NZ Story, David Downs. Each episode of the PowerUp Podcast features a prominent Taranaki entrepreneur who is making waves with their trailblazing spirit and innovative approach. Through candid conversations they share […]

CEDA

Manawatū businesses to benefit from partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech

#nzentrepreneur

Businesses in the Manawatū will benefit from a new partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech as they support the Summer of Tech programme in 2024. With an aim to increase the number of recent tech graduates moving to the region, they will cover the Summer of Tech registration fee for participating businesses as well as co-funding […]

Callaghan Innovation

Time to start your first real R&D project? Apply for up to $400,000 in co-funding

#nzentrepreneur

Callaghan Innovation’s New to R&D Grant was created to support entrepreneurs at the start of their innovation journey. Those entrepreneurs have formed a business around their exciting new idea or concept, are looking for some initial research and development (R&D) funding and would benefit from starting their own in-house R&D programme. The grant comes in […]

Young Enterprise Trust

Māori and Pasifika young entrepreneurs navigate 36-hour Business Challenge

#nzentrepreneur

Forty-five exceptional rangatahi Māori and Pasifika young minds from high schools across Aotearoa were united in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland last week to attend the entrepreneurial education programme, ‘Young Navigators,’ by Young Enterprise Trust. The initiative, sponsored by One NZ, alongside Pacific Business Trust, and New Zealand Māori Tourism, is designed to immerse Māori and Pasifika […]

NZ Entrepreneur

We’re Hiring! Could you be our new Media Lead?

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Come Grow With Us! About Us Since 2012 NZ Entrepreneur has been inspiring, educating and informing thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners throughout New Zealand, every month. We are passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to make a positive impact in the world, and sharing their stories. We are looking for a new team member to support […]

PowerUp Podcast

PowerUp Podcast returns for season four

#nzentrepreneur

The PowerUp Podcast from Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki is back with the release of the first three episodes in the latest six-part series that celebrates trailblazing Taranaki entrepreneurs and innovators who are leaving their mark on the world. Season four promises a diverse line-up of driven founders who are achieving amazing things across a […]

CEDA

Manawatū – The future of food

#nzentrepreneur

In the heart of the lower North Island, is a small but mighty region batting above its weight on a global scale, poised to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s evolving food narrative. The region’s rich history in food innovation and science, coupled with fertile natural resources, and backed by thriving primary, technology, distribution and logistics sectors, […]

Magnify Consulting

Sales Strategy for the new financial year – Three key things every business owner must do

#nzentrepreneur

With the new financial year beginning on April 1st, it is a critical time to lay the foundations for your sales success in the year ahead. Here are three key things you can do at the start of a new financial year to get your sales rolling. 1. TAKE THE BEST FROM LAST YEAR AND […]

MACSO

Groundbreaking Kiwi AI tech to deter vaping in schools, public spaces

#nzentrepreneur

A US investor-backed Auckland company, MACSO, is using artificial intelligence to detect and measure air impurities arising from vaping and cigarette smoke. In trials the technology has already been proven to reduce illicit vaping in one New Zealand middle school. MACSO is partnering with US-based Piera Systems, who has developed a family of ‘intelligent particle […]

Institute of Directors

Directors’ course highlights importance of board diversity

#nzentrepreneur

Entrepreneur and businessperson Wendy Thompson was already an experienced board member when she took the Institute of Director’s Company Directors’ Course (CDC), but she says there was still much to learn. “I thought it would be a great experience and I would meet interesting people,” says Wendy, founder of Thompson Spencer, one of New Zealand’s […]

GEN NZ

GEN NZ Unconference for Entrepreneurs, Auckland 14-15 March

#nzentrepreneur

The Global Entrepreneurship Network Aotearoa NZ (GEN NZ) is holding its fifth annual unconference and workshops at GridAKL Futures Lab 14-15 March 2024. The event brings together entrepreneurs from all over New Zealand in a two-day festival of networking and getting sh!t done. At an unconference on 15 March, the attendees set the agenda, and […]


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Squarespace

Squarespace website and ecommerce builder platform

#nzentrepreneur

Squarespace is a popular website building and hosting service that allows individuals and businesses to create professional-looking websites and e-commerce stores without needing extensive technical expertise. It provides a user-friendly interface with an intuitive “drag and drop” editor, and a variety of professionally designed templates that users can customise to create their own unique websites. […]

Angel Association New Zealand

Knowledge Base: Angel funding insights with Bridget Unsworth, Angel Association New Zealand

#nzentrepreneur

Watch now: (20 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Bridget Unsworth, Executive Director of Angel Association New Zealand (AANZ). If you are building an innovative startup and need funding, tune into this informative discussion where Bridget provides an overview of angel investment funding in New Zealand and plenty of tips […]

Magnify Consulting

Sales Strategy for the new financial year – Three key things every business owner must do

#nzentrepreneur

With the new financial year beginning on April 1st, it is a critical time to lay the foundations for your sales success in the year ahead. Here are three key things you can do at the start of a new financial year to get your sales rolling. 1. TAKE THE BEST FROM LAST YEAR AND […]

Prospa NZ

Five tips for small businesses looking to flourish during the holiday season

#nzentrepreneur

These past few years have tested the mettle of entrepreneurs like never before. Yet, here you are. So first and foremost, congratulations for making it this far, it is a true testament to your perseverance and dedication. And although times are still undoubtedly tough, we are seeing a turn for the better in business. With […]

On Your Terms

Knowledge Base: Get contracts and legal docs right with Natalie Fennell and Claire Bodle, On Your Terms

#nzentrepreneur

Watch now: (14 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Natalie Fennell and Claire Bodle, lawyers and cofounders of legal documents company “On Your Terms“. Natalie and Claire explain how they are using smart tech to bring down the cost of common business legal documents for New Zealand business owners, as […]

Collab Digital

Knowledge Base: Social media strategy with Brent Ireland, Collab Digital

#nzentrepreneur

Watch now: (17 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Brent Ireland, CEO of social media and content experts Collab Digital. In 2023, business social media platform LinkedIn celebrated its 20th birthday signifying at least two decades since social media has been available for businesses to use as part of their […]

Afirmo

Knowledge Base: Business structure insights with Robert Rolls

#nzentrepreneur

Watch now: (13 Mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Robert Rolls, CEO and founder of business setup and scaleup app, Afirmo. If you’re new to business tune into this illuminating conversation about the business setup process in New Zealand. From choosing between operating as a sole trader, partnership or company; […]

BrakeAce

How to create a 1M+ views Instagram Reel for your startup

#nzentrepreneur

Matt Miller, founder of BrakeAce, made a Reel for his startup that got 1M+ views in ten days. He shares his learnings for startup founders here. 1. Making a dope Reel was a good investment of time Between recording, editing and publishing I only spent one hour. There was time to develop the vision of […]

Joe Blogs Digital

Knowledge Base: Joe Sutheran, Joe Blogs Digital

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Watch now: (14 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Joe Sutheran, the Google Ads and Google Analytics expert behind Joe Blogs Digital. If you’ve thought about using Google Ads to drive traffic and leads to your website or store, tune in for Joe’s tips on everything from setting up a […]

iPromise

Knowledge Base: Paul Veric, IPromise

#nzentrepreneur

Watch now: (13 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Paul Veric, cofounder of payment app IPromise. We tackle the tricky subject of collecting payments from clients, which can be problematic for businesses that incur costs such as labour and materials when delivering their services to customers, but then have to […]

Human Digital

Knowledge Base: Ben Van Rooy, Human Digital

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Watch now: (14 MINS) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with marketing expert Ben Van Rooy, founder of Auckland and Sydney based marketing company, Human Digital. We unpack the seemingly overwhelming subject of marketing for business founders, and ask Ben what the three most important things any new business owner should focus […]

Little Biz Online

Knowledge Base: Leah Harold, Little Biz Online

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Watch now: (12.5 mins) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with WordPress expert Leah Harold, owner of WordPress website design and hosting company Little Biz Online. Speaking to Richard from Whangarei, Leah gives the low down on WordPress for founders considering their website and e-commerce platform options. She explains how to set […]


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PowerUp Podcast

PowerUp Podcast Season Four – Trailblazing Taranaki tales unwrapped

#nzentrepreneur

Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki has released the final three episodes of its PowerUp Podcast, Season Four, hosted by business advocate and CEO of NZ Story, David Downs. Each episode of the PowerUp Podcast features a prominent Taranaki entrepreneur who is making waves with their trailblazing spirit and innovative approach. Through candid conversations they share […]

CEDA

Manawatū businesses to benefit from partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech

#nzentrepreneur

Businesses in the Manawatū will benefit from a new partnership between CEDA and ManawaTech as they support the Summer of Tech programme in 2024. With an aim to increase the number of recent tech graduates moving to the region, they will cover the Summer of Tech registration fee for participating businesses as well as co-funding […]

Callaghan Innovation

Time to start your first real R&D project? Apply for up to $400,000 in co-funding

#nzentrepreneur

Callaghan Innovation’s New to R&D Grant was created to support entrepreneurs at the start of their innovation journey. Those entrepreneurs have formed a business around their exciting new idea or concept, are looking for some initial research and development (R&D) funding and would benefit from starting their own in-house R&D programme. The grant comes in […]

Young Enterprise Trust

Māori and Pasifika young entrepreneurs navigate 36-hour Business Challenge

#nzentrepreneur

Forty-five exceptional rangatahi Māori and Pasifika young minds from high schools across Aotearoa were united in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland last week to attend the entrepreneurial education programme, ‘Young Navigators,’ by Young Enterprise Trust. The initiative, sponsored by One NZ, alongside Pacific Business Trust, and New Zealand Māori Tourism, is designed to immerse Māori and Pasifika […]

NZ Entrepreneur

We’re Hiring! Could you be our new Media Lead?

#nzentrepreneur

Come Grow With Us! About Us Since 2012 NZ Entrepreneur has been inspiring, educating and informing thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners throughout New Zealand, every month. We are passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to make a positive impact in the world, and sharing their stories. We are looking for a new team member to support […]

PowerUp Podcast

PowerUp Podcast returns for season four

#nzentrepreneur

The PowerUp Podcast from Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki is back with the release of the first three episodes in the latest six-part series that celebrates trailblazing Taranaki entrepreneurs and innovators who are leaving their mark on the world. Season four promises a diverse line-up of driven founders who are achieving amazing things across a […]

CEDA

Manawatū – The future of food

#nzentrepreneur

In the heart of the lower North Island, is a small but mighty region batting above its weight on a global scale, poised to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s evolving food narrative. The region’s rich history in food innovation and science, coupled with fertile natural resources, and backed by thriving primary, technology, distribution and logistics sectors, […]

GEN NZ

GEN NZ Unconference for Entrepreneurs, Auckland 14-15 March

#nzentrepreneur

The Global Entrepreneurship Network Aotearoa NZ (GEN NZ) is holding its fifth annual unconference and workshops at GridAKL Futures Lab 14-15 March 2024. The event brings together entrepreneurs from all over New Zealand in a two-day festival of networking and getting sh!t done. At an unconference on 15 March, the attendees set the agenda, and […]

Venture Taranaki

Entrepreneur Masterclasses take off in Taranaki

#nzentrepreneur

A new series of PowerUp Masterclasses, unveiled by Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki is proving to be a popular initiative for budding Taranaki entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to supercharge their capabilities. As part of the Regional Development Agency’s flagship PowerUp programme, these half-day Masterclasses offer an interactive classroom for participants to enhance their knowledge […]


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small businesses

Why our small businesses are a BIG deal

#nzentrepreneur

In the entrepreneur world we hear a lot of talk about entrepreneurs and businesses needing to be “global from day one”. Investors and business commentators lament our lack of large global businesses and say the “three-B” (bach, ‘Beemer’ and boat) mentality of Kiwi business owners is holding us back. In this regard small businesses are often […]

Founder mental health

Editorial: We owe a duty of care to founder mental health and it requires a collaborative solution

#nzentrepreneur

I didn’t know Jake Millar, save for a few emails swapped with our editor when he was just getting started with Unfiltered. As for so many others though, the news of his death by suicide last year still came as a shock and with a deep sense of sadness. Sadness for the loss of a […]

Startups

Why every Kiwi should back or build a startup

#nzentrepreneur

Not all of us are built to be founders but we can all find a way to back ambitious, world-changing businesses; whether it’s buying their products, using their services, promoting them, encouraging and supporting them or investing in them. Certainly, backing and building startups will do a whole lot more for our future and our […]

Government funding startups nz

What Government funding is available for startups in NZ?

#nzentrepreneur

One of the questions we’re often asked is, “What Government funding is available for startups in New Zealand?” Like so many questions in life, the answer is, “It depends.” So you’ve come up with a great business idea. You know exactly what problem you want to solve, and how you’re going to solve it. And […]

start-up or startup

Start-up or startup? And what exactly is one anyway?!

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If you’ve ever thought that “startup” was simply another name for a new small business, you’d be right. But, you’d also be wrong. Richard Liew explains. The Spring blossoms are out in force here in Wanaka and if ever there was a season that represented the promise, the energy, and oh-so tantalising potential of the startup […]

5 questions every entrepreneur should ask when people offer advice

5 questions every entrepreneur should ask when people offer advice

#nzentrepreneur

When you know nothing, even fools can sound like geniuses. This is a vital lesson that all entrepreneurs need to learn as soon as possible – one that I and other entrepreneurs I know have had to learn the hard way, many times over. When you first start out in entrepreneurship – by this I […]