DoPaw Pet Food

DoPaw

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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: Lou Anne Lowry Business: DoPaw Founded: 2020 / Launched 2023 HQ: Waikato Can you tell us a bit about your business? DoPaw, based in the North Island of New Zealand, stands […]

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Manawatū – The future of food

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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, […]

Solo App

Solo

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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: Brent Wilson Business: Solo Founded: 2018 HQ: Wellington Can you tell us a bit about your business? Solo is an accounting app that makes it easy for self-employed New Zealanders to […]

Magnify Consulting

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

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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 […]

QWB Lab

QWB Lab

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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 Founders: Sabine Doolin and Robert Sadleir Business: QWB Lab Founded: 2021 HQ: Auckland Can you tell us a bit about your business? QWB Lab unlocks the value of culture by measuring wellbeing. […]


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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Biotech NZ

Interview: New Zealand biotech industry update with Dr Zahra Champion and John (“JR”) Robson

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Watch/Listen to the Video Interview now: Following a recent story in which New Zealand biotech leaders say our biotech industry is in danger of falling behind after years of under investment, Richard Liew takes a deeper dive with two leading proponents for Kiwi biotechs. He’s joined by Dr Zahra Champion, Executive Director at BioTech NZ […]

Venture Taranaki

Entrepreneur Masterclasses take off in Taranaki

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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 […]

New Zealand Food Innovation Network

New Zealand Food Innovation Network

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WHO: New Zealand Food Innovation Network WHAT: Startup incubation programmes; Accelerator programmes; Events; Mentoring; Resources HQ: Auckland ESTABLISHED: 2011 INTRODUCTION The New Zealand Food Innovation Network is a Government-supported national network of open-access food and beverage production facilities. We’re here to help innovative, ambitious food businesses develop, scale up and commercialise new products. From research […]

Bridgewest Ventures New Zealand

“It’s urgent” – NZ biotech’s call to Government

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A comparison between New Zealand and Australia’s approach to biotech shows we’re doing a lot of things right, but that government support for the sector in New Zealand could be improved. New Zealand biotech leaders say that if a comprehensive government biotech strategy isn’t prioritised soon, the sector will continue to fall behind in many […]

MACSO

Kiwi AI startup signs animal respiratory health trials with Chinese farms, eyes China-wide distribution

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A New Zealand company that uses Artificial Intelligence-enabled audio sensors for respiratory health monitoring of animals on commercial animal farms, is going global after signing two memoranda of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese pig farm and a Chinese AgTech solution provider. MACSO is a pioneering new Auckland-based company set up to establish the building blocks […]

Angel Association New Zealand

Diversity in startup investment high priority for Angel Association New Zealand

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At only 24 years of age, Lucy Grunfeld isn’t what many would consider a ‘typical’ entrepreneur. And in a startup ecosystem that is usually dominated by SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions, she’s bucking the trend with a product that has the potential to revolutionise women’s rehabilitation after breast cancer surgery.  “It was my last […]

Sarah Diermeier

AANZ Runway Event Review by Sarah Diermeier, Amaroq Therapeutics

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Runway is one of the signature events on the Angel Association NZ calendar and provides founders with the opportunity to network and meet with other investors and founders from around the country. Founder Scholarship recipient Sarah Diermeier attended the AANZ Runway event in Wellington in June 2023. Sarah is the Chief Scientific Officer and founder […]


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tom Sweeney Crew Technical Recruitment

Knowledge Base: Tom Sweeney, Crew Technology recruitment

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Watch now: (12min) In this edition of Knowledge Base, Richard Liew talks with Tom Sweeney, cofounder of Crew Technology Recruitment, a recruitment agency based in Dunedin and Christchurch but helping New Zealand businesses source and employ top IT and digital talent nationally. Tom shares key insights for founders looking to hire their first tech team […]

For customer engagement Emotional Value beats Functional Value

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There is irrefutable evidence that, even in the age of instant online purchasing, customers who emotionally connect with a business or brand purchase more, stay longer, and provide hundreds of percent more lifetime value. Yet when you look at the way most businesses market themselves, you’d think this was radical, reckless thinking. Despite emotional connection […]


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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 […]

New Zealand Food Innovation Network

New Zealand Food Innovation Network

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WHO: New Zealand Food Innovation Network WHAT: Startup incubation programmes; Accelerator programmes; Events; Mentoring; Resources HQ: Auckland ESTABLISHED: 2011 INTRODUCTION The New Zealand Food Innovation Network is a Government-supported national network of open-access food and beverage production facilities. We’re here to help innovative, ambitious food businesses develop, scale up and commercialise new products. From research […]

Sarah Diermeier

AANZ Runway Event Review by Sarah Diermeier, Amaroq Therapeutics

#nzentrepreneur

Runway is one of the signature events on the Angel Association NZ calendar and provides founders with the opportunity to network and meet with other investors and founders from around the country. Founder Scholarship recipient Sarah Diermeier attended the AANZ Runway event in Wellington in June 2023. Sarah is the Chief Scientific Officer and founder […]

King Kapisi

Mastercard and King Kapisi give Kiwi small businesses royal treatment

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New Zealand music royalty King Kapisi has joined forces with Mastercard to celebrate small businesses in Aotearoa that reach the remarkable milestone of being in business for 10 years. This initiative stems from the recognition that there are some life milestones that are so impressive that they deserve a letter from the King – like […]

GEN NZ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Awards

GEN NZ Entrepreneurship Awards Winners announced

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The Global Entrepreneurship Network New Zealand (GEN NZ) recognised the winners of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Awards last week on Thursday 26 October in a ceremony and celebration at GridAKL. The annual awards recognise New Zealand’s rising entrepreneurs, their ventures, and the ecosystem that supports them. GEN NZ Chair Dave Moskovitz said that the judging was […]

Techstars Startup Weekend

Discover your entrepreneurial spirit at Techstars Startup Weekend Queenstown

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Marco Dingemans, General Manager at Startup Queenstown Lakes is inviting local and visiting entrepreneurs to make the most of the next Techstars Startup Weekend. In Queenstown Lakes District, the entrepreneurial spirit is more alive than ever. To enhance this force, the Techstars Startup Weekend from 10 – 12 November, Queenstown is the place to be. […]

NZ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 2023 Awards

Nominations are now open for the Aotearoa NZ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 2023 Awards

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The Global Entrepreneurship Network Aotearoa NZ has announced the opening of nominations for the Aotearoa NZ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 2023 Awards. The awards aim to recognise New Zealand founders, entrepreneurs, and supporters in our thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Categories include Entrepreneur of the year, Social Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur Support Organisation, Māori Entrepreneur, Investor, Academic initiative, Youth programme, Intrapreneur, […]


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Why our small businesses are a BIG deal

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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

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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

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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 […]

Government funding startups nz

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 […]