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 their work in this space. Transport and the movement of people and products is one of the most dynamic areas […]

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Sprout seeks agrifoodtech entrepreneurs for global transformation

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Home-grown agrifoodtech accelerator and investment company Sprout is putting the call out for registrations from entrepreneurs who are ready for serious acceleration and a shot at their share of seed-stage investment, as well as dedicated mentorship and connection with global networks. As the leading agrifoodtech accelerator and investment company in New Zealand, Sprout’s Lead Mentor, […]

PowerUp

Venture Taranaki PowerUp Podcast releases final two episodes of series

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Catch the final two instalments of the six-part PowerUp Podcast series. Venture Taranaki, the Regional Economic Development Agency for Taranaki, has added their final two podcasts to their PowerUp Podcast suite, taking the second series to a close. Over the series, we have heard from trailblazing Taranaki based enterprise owners and founders and the latest […]

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) for his insights on what it takes to re-energise a decades-old industry leader for a new generation. NZ Entrepreneur: You’re […]

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Wellington UniVentures

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WHO: Wellington UniVenturesWHAT: Research & Commercialisation; advisory services; Seed investmentHQ: WellingtonESTABLISHED: 1992 INTRODUCTION Wellington UniVentures works with innovators at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and external parties to shape their research into initiatives that create impact. We do this by connecting them with partners, industry and investors to enable the growth and […]


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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 […]

Sanjay Dayal making a delivery to Shaun Clouston of Logan Brown

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 […]

GEN NZ entrepreneurship

Top Honours for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN NZ)

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GEN NZ has been honoured with the GEN Country of the Year Compass Award from the Global Entrepreneurship Network, an organization working in 180+ countries to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and […]

Meport

Startup aims to get tradies into jobs faster and smarter

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Hamilton local and aspiring entrepreneur Kerwan Rose has created technology that automates the background checking process for recruitment agencies and employers hiring tradespeople, eliminating the need for multiple background checks. Rose launched Meport in March […]

Humanforce

The Founders Dilemma: Knowing When to Accept Outside Help

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Sydney based global provider of workforce management solutions, Humanforce were bootstrapped for 17 years before raising $22.5M from US tech investment fund Accel-KKR in 2019 to accelerate global growth. We talk with founder Bruce Mackenzie […]

Angel Association

“It takes a whole country to raise a startup,” angel investors

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“Following last month’s annual Angel Association Summit, we asked Angel Association Chair Suse Reynolds to give us a run down of the event and what the key takeaways were for NZ founders who may be […]

Focus

New app helps entrepreneurs achieve more by staying focused

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Southern Software, a venture agency based in Queenstown-Lakes, wants to help entrepreneurs achieve more with the newest addition to their portfolio – an attention management SaaS (software as a service) platform named Focus. As the […]

Hakune competition

Win 8 of the best books on business and life + a new Kindle

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Two 7-figure business founders from Otago, Kale Panoho and Rhys Jeffrey have started a newsletter called Hakune (Māori for Method). To celebrate the launch they’re giving away a free Kindle and a selection of the […]

Soda Seed Grants

$10,000 of startup funding available in Soda Seed Grants

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Over the last two years, Soda has distributed $43,000 cash to 17 startups across Aotearoa through its popular seed grants. Applications are now open for Soda’s first seed grant of 2022 which has a combined […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]


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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 […]

Prospa

Mixing personal and business finances common but not always optimal

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If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur mixing personal and business finances to support your business, you’re not alone. However, you could be complicating money matters and creating additional barriers within the current lending environment. A recent survey of Kiwi small businesses, commissioned by small business lending specialist Prospa, found that when businesses need […]

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Seven considerations to ensure your broadband is up to the task

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When you own a business nearly every day is a busy day, dealing with customers, troubleshooting, strategising for growth while you work diligently to make things bigger and better. As you focus on day-to-day duties and big picture thinking, sometimes the basics can be overlooked. Of course, one of the critical facets of any business […]

MYOB

Taking care of busy-ness: productivity battles for SMEs in lead up to tax time

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Nearly three quarters (72%) of SMEs complete admin tasks outside of work hours Half of New Zealand’s SMEs expect tax time preparation to take five hours or more Just over a quarter of SMEs still using excel spreadsheets to track income and expenses New Zealand’s small businesses are known for their hard work and all-in […]

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Entrepreneur Resource: Your complete CRM handbook

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Is it time for your business to move beyond notes, files and spreadsheets for keeping track of your customers? Get the free CRM handbook from Salesforce. In the early stages of a business, it might be fine to just maintain an Excel spreadsheet or jot down notes about customers and incoming orders. But as your […]

Build a business that sells for more

Build a business that sells for more

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One day you’ll want out! You’ve come a long way and it’s your baby – you have nurtured and put your all into this business. Letting go and selling your business is never easy. But the time will come when other pastures and missions call, when the passion starts to wane, or a life event […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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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 their work in this space. Transport and the movement of people and products is one of the most dynamic areas […]

Sprout Agrifoodtech

Sprout seeks agrifoodtech entrepreneurs for global transformation

#nzentrepreneur

Home-grown agrifoodtech accelerator and investment company Sprout is putting the call out for registrations from entrepreneurs who are ready for serious acceleration and a shot at their share of seed-stage investment, as well as dedicated mentorship and connection with global networks. As the leading agrifoodtech accelerator and investment company in New Zealand, Sprout’s Lead Mentor, […]

Wellington UniVentures

Wellington UniVentures

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WHO: Wellington UniVenturesWHAT: Research & Commercialisation; advisory services; Seed investmentHQ: WellingtonESTABLISHED: 1992 INTRODUCTION Wellington UniVentures works with innovators at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and external parties to shape their research into initiatives that create impact. We do this by connecting them with partners, industry and investors to enable the growth and […]

HIREHER

New partnership aims to create more jobs for Kiwi women

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Soda and HIRE HER have joined forces to create more jobs, provide more opportunities and make a bigger impact for Kiwi women. HIRE HER is a digital talent and jobs platform for women in New Zealand and Australia. Launched 11 months ago HIRE HER has nearly 1,000 female freelancers and contractors registered on its site. […]

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 by Ministry of Awesome and Blackbird Ventures, the event brings together Aotearoa’s leading founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and early-stage startups for […]

Sanjay Dayal making a delivery to Shaun Clouston of Logan Brown

Hospoconnect wants ‘less paperwork, more foodwork’ for chefs

#nzentrepreneur

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 be fraught with challenges. Chefs text, call or fax their orders through to a range of suppliers and issues arise […]

GEN NZ entrepreneurship

Top Honours for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN NZ)

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GEN NZ has been honoured with the GEN Country of the Year Compass Award from the Global Entrepreneurship Network, an organization working in 180+ countries to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company. The award for GEN Country of the Year is given to the highest performing Global Entrepreneurship Network […]

Angel Association

“It takes a whole country to raise a startup,” angel investors

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“Following last month’s annual Angel Association Summit, we asked Angel Association Chair Suse Reynolds to give us a run down of the event and what the key takeaways were for NZ founders who may be contemplating angel investment this year.” NZ Entrepreneur: For founders who haven’t heard of AANZ, who are you and what are […]

Marwan Jamal GEN NZ

Virtual unconference to coalesce NZ startup community

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Mentors, founders and startup and innovation enthusiasts from around New Zealand will meet, learn and brainstorm via a series of online workshops, talks and virtual meetings being held this month. The hui, dubbed an “unconference” due to the topics and agenda being set by participants, is organised and hosted by GEN NZ, a collaboration of […]


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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 […]