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HortTech Challenge

Mapping platform LandKind wins HortTech Challenge

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Sprout announced that Landkind, an agriculture mapping software company out of Tauranga, has won the first HortTech Challenge. On 2 December, three finalists with businesses aimed at solving some of the biggest challenges facing horticulture in New Zealand, pitched in person and virtually, to a room of industry leaders and world-class judges for the opportunity […]

Editors-Picks

Editor’s Picks – Innovation Nation 2021

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2021 is drawing to a close and once again we saw a range of stories showing that despite a second year of challenging times for businesses nationwide, entrepreneurship and innovation is alive and well in Aotearoa. Below we present our Editor’s Picks for 2021 – a selection of ten stories from our annual innovation series […]

Medsalv

Medsalv projected to save hospitals $100m each year

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A medical technology company says it could save New Zealand’s health system $100 million each year by stopping 1700 tonnes of medical waste going to landfills. Christchurch-based startup Medsalv has come up with processes for remanufacturing single-use medical devices so they can be safely reused. Single-use device remanufacturing is the practice of taking medical devices […]

Abalro

Teens solving a teenage problem crowned YES Company of the Year 2021

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Bayfield High School students have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their business Abalro Health. The company was awarded $3000, as well as a $5000 scholarship for each company member to the Massey University Business School. On Wednesday night, hundreds of people joined the online event from […]


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HortTech Challenge

Mapping platform LandKind wins HortTech Challenge

#nzentrepreneur

Sprout announced that Landkind, an agriculture mapping software company out of Tauranga, has won the first HortTech Challenge. On 2 December, three finalists with businesses aimed at solving some of the biggest challenges facing horticulture […]

Editors-Picks

Editor’s Picks – Innovation Nation 2021

#nzentrepreneur

2021 is drawing to a close and once again we saw a range of stories showing that despite a second year of challenging times for businesses nationwide, entrepreneurship and innovation is alive and well in […]

Medsalv

Medsalv projected to save hospitals $100m each year

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A medical technology company says it could save New Zealand’s health system $100 million each year by stopping 1700 tonnes of medical waste going to landfills. Christchurch-based startup Medsalv has come up with processes for […]

Start Now

Queenstown’s Start Now creating meaningful careers for people around the world

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A Queenstown businesswoman has designed and launched an online programme, available globally, to help people self-design their career pathway. Start Now started small in 2015, but has now drawn interest from people in several countries. […]

Rise Up

Lockdown Startup ‘& Again’ Wins $10,000 in Soda’s Rise Up Competition

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Online thrift and consignment store & Again was created during lockdown when founder, Wendy Quach, returned home from London and wanted to find a solution to her clothes hoarding problem. “I’m super lazy when it comes to […]

Race Ranger

Race Ranger to minimise unfairness in triathlons with draft detector

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A former New Zealand triathlon representative has developed an electronic system to address the sport’s biggest problem, drafting. Drafting occurs during the cycling portion of a triathlon when a rider moves into an area of […]

Electrify Aotearoa

Electrify Aotearoa Women Founders Conference February 2022

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Women will start, shape, and build the future of Aotearoa industry, but change needs to come faster. That’s the rallying call for Electrify Aotearoa, an all-day national conference taking place in Christchurch, February 17. Spearheaded […]

Soda NZ

Rise Up Competition champions female entrepreneurship in Aotearoa

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Five inspirational female entrepreneurs will pitch their business to a high-profile judging panel and online audience on 23 November 2021 as they vie to win $10,000. Run by Hamilton-based business growth ecosystem, Soda, Rise Up […]

Damon Kelly

Entrepreneur Q&A: Damon Kelly

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Damon Kelly is the founder of Enlighten Designs, a Hamilton based tech company finding success in national and global projects. We asked him what advice he has for other entrepreneurs considering looking for markets abroad, […]

Trinder

Trinder Engages Postgraduates in Product Development and Commercialisation

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One of the country’s leading-edge engineering firms is working with university students to enable graduate engineers to complete Masters’ degrees while undertaking projects in a real-world environment. Nelson-based Trinder Engineering was formerly an engineering business […]

Northspur

Top of the South filmmakers set to release first full-feature film Northspur

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Nelson and Marlborough-based film producers are about to release their first feature film next year and look set to have a world-wide distribution deal with a world premiere set to happen in Marlborough and Nelson […]

Wavewise

Surfing social worker uses West Coast waves as therapy

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A social worker who moved from Germany to Westport in 2015 is combining her love of surfing with her career in social work through a social enterprise called Wavewise, which supports community wellbeing. Pana Leontiadu […]

Berkano

Berkano is about to level up its vegan meat venture

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Christchurch vegan food company Berkano Foods is about to roll out a new and distinctive range of alternative meat proteins, making the most of hard-won distribution deals with New Zealand’s top supermarket chains. It was […]

Chia Sisters

Marketing lessons abound with Chia Sisters rebrand

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Nelson company Chia Sisters is a leader in sustainable practices in New Zealand. Now, a rebrand shows just what makes their drinks ‘functional beverages’. When Chloe van Dyke, who has a background in neuroscience, began […]

SquareKicker

Complicated website coding is no longer a barrier with SquareKicker

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Without Covid-19 interrupting the typical workflow of Hannah and Nick Ippolito’s web design business at the start of 2020, the two may never have had the opportunity to create SquareKicker – and life would certainly […]


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5 ways entrepreneurs can make the most of downtime

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Whether you’re starting your first business or a serial entrepreneur, managing periods of unscheduled downtime is fast becoming a core skill. What was unthinkable two years ago has now become everyday: working from home with outings only for essential groceries and exercise, and online Zoom school. Some parts of the world have been living with […]

Startup

Opinion: It’s a startup world

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Our world is changing, and fast. With the pandemic, climate crisis, global economic shifts and rapidly changing consumer markets, it is clear that many businesses of today will no longer be relevant tomorrow. If we want to maintain and support sustainable economic growth while meeting the broader needs of society, we will need an economy […]

Startups

Why every Kiwi should back or build a startup

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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 […]

Your entrepreneur vision is your biggest asset

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Dissatisfaction with the status quo, and a vision for some better object, outcome or circumstance that does not yet exist, is the starting point of all creation. And as an entrepreneur in a world where purpose led work is more important to people than ever, that vision is key to enabling you to attract and […]

capital raising

A founders’ guide to capital raising

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As the saying goes, you need to spend money to make money. And if you’re a high-growth startup looking to get off the ground or expand, it’s likely you’ll need an injection of capital to do that. Byron van Vugt from NZ Growth Capital Partners explains. For investors, capital raises provide an opportunity to invest […]

How to start a business without quitting your day job

How to start a business without quitting your day job

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I was talking with a good friend of mine about how he would love to be able to go into business for himself. This is someone I have known for over 20 years. We went to school and university together and he is one of the smartest, hard-working and nicest guys I know. Since university […]

Lone young man

Four steps for dealing with well meaning but negative family and friends

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and start a business. Well done you! Having mentally prepared yourself for what lies ahead by researching, reading about and talking with others about what it takes to start a business, you know that ‘success lies on the far side of failure’ and are prepared for the risks […]

cyber-crime

Protecting your business from cyber-crime and disaster

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There have been numerous stories in the media recently about ransomware and cyber-crime attacks, and natural disasters both here in New Zealand and overseas. As business owners in the digital age it’s vitally important that we think about protecting our enterprises from cyber-crime and disaster. Think for a moment; if your business was to suddenly go […]

Portfolio management

Portfolio Management: Learning from experienced investors

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The Angel Association of New Zealand (AANZ) is co-hosting with New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) a series of workshops on early-stage investment. Andrew Chen shares his insights from the second instalment on Portfolio Management, held in Wellington on 13 May 2021. Participants heard about both the theory and reality of portfolio management from three […]

Bandwidth

How much bandwidth do you really need?

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In today’s digital world, a strong internet connection is the lifeblood for most businesses. And, with new technology and digital ways of working available, it brings into sharp focus: exactly how much speed do you need? First of all, what is bandwidth? Well, measured in millions or billions of bits per second (Mbps/Gbps), bandwidth can […]

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Going Virtual: Key tips for running an online event

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In the past year restrictions of COVID-19 lockdowns have forced every business to get creative in how they run events. From concerts to conferences the choice was clear: cancel or move online. The result? A flourishing of virtual events that showcase the best of Kiwi ingenuity and, in the process, persuaded many businesses to move […]

how to ask for the sale

How to ask for the sale

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If 2020 showed us anything about the sales profession, it’s that some of us have become de-skilled in “the Ask”. You know… asking for the sale. In an up-market, businesses can often rely on excellent marketing and social media to deliver sales results. But what do you do when the buyers stop proactively exploring? Or […]


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Rise Up

Lockdown Startup ‘& Again’ Wins $10,000 in Soda’s Rise Up Competition

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Online thrift and consignment store & Again was created during lockdown when founder, Wendy Quach, returned home from London and wanted to find a solution to her clothes hoarding problem. “I’m super lazy when it comes to clearing out my wardrobe! I hoard way too much and promise myself I’ll sell it online later, but I never […]

Electrify Aotearoa

Electrify Aotearoa Women Founders Conference February 2022

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Women will start, shape, and build the future of Aotearoa industry, but change needs to come faster. That’s the rallying call for Electrify Aotearoa, an all-day national conference taking place in Christchurch, February 17. Spearheaded by Ministry of Awesome and Blackbird Ventures, the event brings together Aotearoa’s leading founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and early-stage startups for […]

Soda inc

SODA

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Who: SodaWhat: Startup Incubation; Mentoring; Coworking; EventsHQ: HamiltonEstablished: 2009 INTRODUCTION Soda is a business growth ecosystem that provides support, programmes and connections for Kiwi entrepreneurs and businesses to grow and succeed. WHO DO YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT KEY CHALLENGES DO YOU HELP THEM SOLVE? Based in the Waikato, Soda supports a diverse range of […]

PowerUp

Taranaki entrepreneurship and innovation powers on with PowerUp

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The mission to power-up the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Taranaki continues in 2022, with the introduction of PowerUp for Impact Enterprises, the latest addition to PowerUp, and the return of the newly named ideas competition to win $10,000, PowerUp Kickstart. The Taranaki regional development agency Venture Taranaki first launched PowerUp in 2020 to help build smart, […]

NZGCP

NZGCP

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Who: New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP)What: Investment, Courses, Events & ResourcesHQ: AucklandEstablished: 2002 INTRODUCTION Bold ideas. Big dreams. Our plan is to invest in that. Established in 2002 by the New Zealand Government, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) invests into early-stage Kiwi companies with high-growth potential. We partner with other investors to give […]

Sprout

Sprout

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Who: Sprout What: Accelerator & Investment HQ: Palmerston North INTRODUCTION Sprout builds agtech and foodtech entrepreneurs and companies, by allowing them to break new ground through our Accelerator and Investment offerings. WHO DO YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT KEY CHALLENGES DO YOU HELP THEM SOLVE? 1) New Zealanders who are in the process of researching […]

Soda NZ

Rise Up Competition champions female entrepreneurship in Aotearoa

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Five inspirational female entrepreneurs will pitch their business to a high-profile judging panel and online audience on 23 November 2021 as they vie to win $10,000. Run by Hamilton-based business growth ecosystem, Soda, Rise Up aims to encourage, support and celebrate female entrepreneurship in Aotearoa. “Women are heavily underrepresented in entrepreneur statistics – only 20 […]

Innovation Nation 2021 Interview: James Pinner

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INTERVIEW: JAMES PINNER ROLE: CHIEF EXECUTIVE ORGANISATION: NZ GROWTH CAPITAL PARTNERS WEB: WWW.NZGCP.CO.NZ Innovation Nation is a series celebrating stories of innovation and entrepreneurship from around New Zealand. Innovation Nation proudly supported by:

Innovation Nation 2021 Interview: Olivia Wensley

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INTERVIEW: OLIVIA WENSLEY ROLE: CHIEF EXECUTIVE ORGANISATION: STARTUP QUEENSTOWN-LAKES WEB: WWW.STARTUPQUEENSTOWNLAKES.COM Innovation Nation is a series celebrating stories of innovation and entrepreneurship from around New Zealand. Innovation Nation proudly supported by:


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What Government funding is available for startups in NZ?

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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

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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 […]