Rubber Monkey

E-commerce entrepreneurs eye global expansion

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New Zealand’s leading e-commerce platform for creatives, Rubber Monkey, has set its sights on global expansion beginning with a push into the Australian market, thanks in part to a successful capital raise of more than $1.5 million via Snowball Effect. With over 94,000 products listed online and three branches already established across Auckland, Wellington and […]

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Founder Focus: Matt Butler

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In Founder Focus we introduce entrepreneurs and innovators working on our next generation of new business startups, social enterprises and small businesses. Can you tell us a bit about your business please? Our products are built to solve problems I experienced myself as an outdoor adventure guide for five years. The products we develop are […]

500 Founders

500 Founders: Sophie Silver, Terry Wen, Ankita Dhakar & Aleks Dahlberg

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Sophie Silver – cofounder Celadon “Take as much time as you can to understand your customer.“ “This […]

Kindling Collector

Founder Focus: Donald Hillis

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In Founder Focus we introduce entrepreneurs and innovators working on our next generation of new business startups, social enterprises and small businesses. Can you tell us a bit about your business please? I have designed, developed and manufactured a tool which aids in kindling splitting and collection. It essentially wraps around the piece of wood, […]

SME&E

SME&E Festival Podcast: Rachel Taulelei and Tabitha Harris, How to develop a brand and business strategy for your business

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Got your tickets to the 2022 NZ SME&E Festival this 8th and 9th of November? Each week we’ll be sharing a podcast from some of the many great business speakers and mentors you can catch at the festival. How to develop a brand and business strategy for your business In this episode of the SME&E […]


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Rubber Monkey

E-commerce entrepreneurs eye global expansion

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New Zealand’s leading e-commerce platform for creatives, Rubber Monkey, has set its sights on global expansion beginning with a push into the Australian market, thanks in part to a successful capital raise of more than […]

SnapIT

High-speed fibre – the digital highway helping Kiwi tech save the world’s fisheries

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There’s plenty of fish in the sea, until there isn’t. And with some species near extinction from overfishing (particularly in the waters off North America), drastic action had to be taken to ensure greater sustainability […]

Pay It Now

Startup founded by pilots aims to be ‘Stripe’ of crypto payments

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When two pilots were made redundant during Covid, they turned their attention to something completely different that they had in common: cryptocurrency. Craig Duffield and Jitendra Maharaj, cofounded Pay It Now New Zealand, the first […]

GEN NZ entrepreneur playbook team members

Entrepreneurs’ input sought for NZ entrepreneurship playbook

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Katherine Blaney, Managing Director at Global Entrepreneurship Network New Zealand (‘GEN NZ’), explains the purpose behind a new survey to uncover the roadblocks for entrepreneurs in Aotearoa New Zealand. If you have started a business, […]

PayAid

Kiwi startup launch app to give people portion of their paycheck early

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An Auckland based startup team are crowdfunding for an app that they believe will help Kiwis in tough financial situations. The PayAid app will give approved users access to a portion of their paycheck in […]

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation selects six new suppliers for its Founder and Startup Support Programme

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Callaghan Innovation has signed up six businesses to run its new Founder and Startup Support Programme, aimed at helping founders, startups and entrepreneurs to get their businesses up and running. Te Wananga o Aotearoa Kōkiri, […]

Soda Inc.

Waikato’s new Regional Business Partner

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Hamilton based business growth driver, Soda Inc., is expanding its services to support more businesses as the Waikato’s new Regional Business Partner (RBP). Funded by the New Zealand Government, the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network […]

The Cleaning Lady

Prioritising people and planet to clean up in business

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For most of us, cleaning is something we want to spend less time doing, not more. But that’s not the case for one entrepreneurial visitor to our shores, who understood that one person’s problem is […]

2022 PowerUp

Tokaora Diagnostics takes out Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart comp

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Frey and Pam Livingston and their startup Tokaora Diagnostics have taken out the top spot in the 2022 PowerUp Kickstart Finals Night, last Wednesday in New Plymouth, winning $10,000 to help take their idea to […]

RISE UP

Ambitious Female founders wanted for RISE UP competition

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Soda is searching for globally ambitious female entrepreneurs from Aotearoa to apply for RISE UP and be in to win $10,000. “At Soda we are passionate about supporting women in business, particularly those tenacious enough […]

Waka Kotahi

Transport innovation fund presents opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators

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An innovation fund launched by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency this month is designed to accelerate innovative solutions in the transport sector and presents significant opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the wider private sector, to further […]

CodeHQ

INTERVIEW: Ben Rose, CodeHQ

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As markets, technology and the opportunities and challenges they bring evolve, businesses are in a constant cycle of creation, growth, maturity and reinvention. We caught up with Ben Rose, Chief Commercial Officer at CodeHQ (previously Augen Software) […]

Electrify Aotearoa

Electrify Aotearoa Women Founders Conference May 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, May 26. Spearheaded […]

Relab

Proptech company offers NZ-first for housing market

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Auckland property tech startup Relab is giving real estate professionals the ‘edge’ with a new all-in-one platform that integrates and analyses property data from around New Zealand. In the year since we last spoke to […]

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Hospoconnect wants ‘less paperwork, more foodwork’ for chefs

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When dining at a restaurant, often we don’t give a second thought to how those delectable morsels of fresh produce arrived on our plate. However, navigating the produce ordering process for restaurants and cafes can […]


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500 Founders: Sophie Silver, Terry Wen, Ankita Dhakar & Aleks Dahlberg

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Sophie Silver – cofounder Celadon “Take as much time as you can to understand your customer.“ “This […]

SME&E

SME&E Festival Podcast: Rachel Taulelei and Tabitha Harris, How to develop a brand and business strategy for your business

#nzentrepreneur

Got your tickets to the 2022 NZ SME&E Festival this 8th and 9th of November? Each week we’ll be sharing a podcast from some of the many great business speakers and mentors you can catch at the festival. How to develop a brand and business strategy for your business In this episode of the SME&E […]

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SME&E Festival Podcast: Ryan Sanders, How to develop an idea into a successful business

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Got your tickets to the 2022 NZ SME&E Festival this 8th and 9th of November? Each week we’ll be sharing a podcast from some of the many great business speakers and mentors you can catch at the festival. How to develop an idea into a successful business In this episode of the SME&E Festival Podcast, […]

500 Founders

500 Founders: Janelle Fenwick, Jack Coleman, Lane Litz & Frayne Cooke

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Janelle Fenwick – Founder Teulo “Surround yourself with the right people to help support you on your […]

500 Founders

500 Founders: Rick Kiessig, Hannah Hunt, Matthew Jackson & Jenni Matheson

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Rick Kiessig – Cofounder Kimer Med “Talk to your potential customers as soon as you can.” “Before […]

Tech Futures Lab

Essential skills for an entrepreneur

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Are entrepreneurs born or made? We think both. While it helps to have that entrepreneurial flair inbuilt, there’s no reason you can’t learn and develop the qualities of an entrepreneur. Here, we share three essential skills for taking ventures from ideas to reality. Essential skill #1: falling in love with the problem, not the solution. […]

Tech Futures Lab

Ask the right questions of the right people

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Yes and no. Two simple words that can have loaded connotations. There’s certainly a place for single word answers, but when you’re building a business or teasing out an idea, you want to expand your thinking, not shut the conversation down. Keep your options open Hearing ‘no’ can feel limiting when you’re exploring why and […]

500 Founders

500 Founders: Matt Miller, Ani Tawhiao-Lomas, Rob Stirling & Samantha Gadd

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Matt Miller – Founder BrakeAce “My best piece of advice for founders is to keep in mind […]

500 Founders

500 Founders: Thomas Clyma, Tina Chou, Dean Brown & Knight Hou

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Want to tap in to the best startup advice from entrepreneurs who are out there doing it? Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Thomas Clyma – Cofounder TheTestMart “When starting on the journey of bringing an idea to life you […]

Remote Working

5 tips for communicating and collaborating effectively when remote working

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The landscape businesses operate in has been permanently altered after two years of remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies big and small are moving towards hybrid models that will continue to permit a portion of the work week to be done from home. It’s certainly tested traditional management styles as managers continue to […]

Cyberthreats

Protect your small business from cyberthreats with these simple interventions

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The last couple of years have accelerated the digital transformation of many businesses. Pandemic restrictions forced us to think creatively, be more innovative and, in many cases, digital adoption has played a big role in that. As a specialist small business lender, we’ve seen our customers use their funds to invest heavily in technology – […]

Salesforce marketing toolkit 2022

Entrepreneur Resource: Small Business Marketing Toolkit

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Now more than ever, marketing is at the core of business success. Having successfully scrambled to reposition, to pivot, to rediscover their own relevance in a forever changed landscape, small businesses are seeking growth. At the same time, customers are searching for meaning and purpose in every experience. They’re expecting empathy and understanding in an […]


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GEN NZ entrepreneur playbook team members

Entrepreneurs’ input sought for NZ entrepreneurship playbook

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Katherine Blaney, Managing Director at Global Entrepreneurship Network New Zealand (‘GEN NZ’), explains the purpose behind a new survey to uncover the roadblocks for entrepreneurs in Aotearoa New Zealand. If you have started a business, or are thinking of starting a business, please help us make entrepreneurship in Aotearoa more supportive, more enjoyable, and – […]

Wellington UniVentures

Interview: Anne Barnett, Wellington UniVentures – Driving innovation for social impact

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Delivering on its purpose to lift lives everywhere with knowledge, Wellington UniVentures works with Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington innovators to shape their research into initiatives that create impact. Wellington UniVentures does this by connecting innovators with partners, industry and investors to enable the growth and development of their idea or invention. […]

Tech Futures Lab

Interview: Frances Valintine, Founder, Tech Futures Lab

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The best ideas are simple and they solve a problem. – Frances Valintine, CNZM. Frances Valintine, Founder and CEO of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab and recent inductee to the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs / Te Whare Whakahōnore i ngā Rakahinonga Wāhine o Aotearoa, shares her thoughts on what […]

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation selects six new suppliers for its Founder and Startup Support Programme

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Callaghan Innovation has signed up six businesses to run its new Founder and Startup Support Programme, aimed at helping founders, startups and entrepreneurs to get their businesses up and running. Te Wananga o Aotearoa Kōkiri, Creative HQ, HTK Group, Icehouse Ventures, Ministry of Awesome consortia, and Sprout Agritech Accelerator have been selected to deliver the […]

Click Studios

Click Studios

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WHO: Click StudiosWHAT: Events; Workshops; Coworking; Connections to investment groupsHQ: AucklandESTABLISHED: 2020 INTRODUCTION Click Creative Tech Studios are a social enterprise coworking space set up to enable New Zealand’s creative tech companies and individuals to rapidly up skill and become internationally focused while providing a local location to connect and learn from each other.  The […]

Soda Inc.

Waikato’s new Regional Business Partner

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Hamilton based business growth driver, Soda Inc., is expanding its services to support more businesses as the Waikato’s new Regional Business Partner (RBP). Funded by the New Zealand Government, the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network connects business of all sizes, industries and stages of growth to the right advice, support, resources and funding, to accelerate […]

Tech Futures Lab

Ask the right questions of the right people

#nzentrepreneur

Yes and no. Two simple words that can have loaded connotations. There’s certainly a place for single word answers, but when you’re building a business or teasing out an idea, you want to expand your thinking, not shut the conversation down. Keep your options open Hearing ‘no’ can feel limiting when you’re exploring why and […]

2022 PowerUp

Tokaora Diagnostics takes out Taranaki PowerUp Kickstart comp

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Frey and Pam Livingston and their startup Tokaora Diagnostics have taken out the top spot in the 2022 PowerUp Kickstart Finals Night, last Wednesday in New Plymouth, winning $10,000 to help take their idea to the next level. The mother and son duo are developing a type of Covid rapid antigen test (RAT) that will […]

Tech Futures Lab

Tech Futures Lab

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WHO: Tech Futures LabWHAT: LEARNING & MENTORING; EVENTS; resourcesHQ: AucklandESTABLISHED: 2016 INTRODUCTION Tech Futures Lab is a leading edge learning environment that offers a range of NZQA accredited qualifications designed specifically for people seeking to innovate, redesign and reinvigorate organisations, industries and themselves.  We do this by building capabilities and confidence in people to use […]


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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 […]