It’s time to PowerUp

PowerUp is all about growing, connecting, and supporting ideas and capability, and harnessing the expertise and passion required to develop Taranaki’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Enterprises, ideas, and individuals will be supported and enabled as PowerUp connects them with a range of new and existing services and opportunities, helping to grow their capability, and broaden their understanding of what they thought possible.

We’ve built PowerUp to bring together Enterprise and bright ideas, and we’re working to build smart, connected communities, so ideas, entrepreneurship and innovation can continue to thrive in Taranaki. 

We’re keeping it simple; as easy as one, two, three, with our Grow, Connect, Tell approach.   

You can keep up to date with all of our PowerUp activities below, as well as register for events and masterclasses, and even sign up to our PowerUp email, at the bottom of the page, so you’ll never miss a beat.

PowerUp Ideas Competition

Powered by Venture Taranaki.
What is it?
Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Do you have an idea that you think could grow into an innovative enterprise or do you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills? Are you an early-stage start-up wanting to take it to the next level? Our PowerUp Ideas Competition could be your chance to make it happen.

The PowerUp Ideas Competition will give you the tools needed to help turn your ideas into action. The programme is simple and spilt into two parts:

Part 1: Co.Starters Workshops

  1. A series of eight practical hands-on workshops over seven weeks to build the knowledge and capability you need to start your enterprise and grow your understanding of running a business. 
  2. At the end of the Co.Starters programme, you'll have the chance to pitch to win one of five spots to the PowerUp Customised Programme valued at over $10,000 worth of mentorship, seed funding and co-working space.
Part 2: PowerUp Customised Programme
  1. Pitch your idea to win one of five sports on a two-month PowerUp Customised Programme, where you'll be given wraparound support to further develop your idea and pitch, and receive mentoring, seed funding and co-working space - all with the goal of helping you get your business started.
  2. PowerUp Pitch Night - The PowerUp Customised Programme culminates with the Finals Night where each of the five participants pitch their business with the winner taking home $10,000 cash, to spend on their start-up.

Keep reading for further details or if you're ready to go, start your journey by completing the simple application here: 

Who is it for?
Do you have a great business idea, do you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills, or maybe you have an early-stage start-up business in Taranaki that you're wanting to take to the next level? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then this programme is for you.

How much will it cost?
We are hunting for people with ideas to develop, people who want to be entrepreneurs but don't necessarily have the idea yet, and early stage start-up’s in Taranaki. If this is you, it will cost you your time and commitment. Venture Taranaki will cover the rest.

Stage one Co.Starters programme requires a time commitment of 3-6 hours per week to attend the practical workshops as well as your own time to work on your idea. Your time for big rewards.

PowerUp Ideas Competition Overview

Co.Starters workshops will run from 2 February 2021 to 9 March 2021. The programme consists of eight workshops as follows:

Workshop 1: Knowing Yourself
Tuesday 2 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (in Person)

Workshop 2: Knowing your Customer
Thursday 4 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Zoom Call)

Workshop 3: Getting the Relationship Right
Tuesday 9 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Zoom Call)

Workshop 4: Discovering your Bottom Line 
Tuesday 16 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (in Person)

Workshop 5: Accounting for Growth
Thursday 18 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (in Person)

Workshop 6: Strengthening your Business Structure
Tuesday 23 February 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Zoom Call)

Workshop 7: Planning for The Future
Tuesday 2 March 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Zoom Call)

Workshop 8: Pitch Feedback Session
Tuesday 9 March 5:30pm – 8:30pm (in Person)

stage 2

Video Pitch

Pitch your idea to join the PowerUp Customised Programme.

All participants on the Co.Starters workshops have the opportunity to submit a video pitch about their business or social enterprise idea to enter the PowerUp Customised Programme – five business ideas will be chosen to go onto the next stage.

PowerUp Customised Programme

The PowerUp Customised Programme will run from 6 April to 6 June 2021, and is tailored to the needs of each participant to help move your business forward. The selected five participants* will receive:

  • Tailored support to help progress your business or enterprise idea
  • ​$3000 Seed Funding**
  • Access to a mentor 30 – 40 hours from nationwide pool
  • Two months of co-working space access
  • Weekly check-ins with Programme Manager
  • Benefit of working with other participants and making great connections

*Founder or founder and team
**Seed Funding to be used on growing your idea/ business during the course of the two-month programme.

PowerUp Ideas Competition Finals Night

Each of the PowerUp Customised Programme participants will pitch in front of our judges for the chance to win $10,000 cash to spend on your start-up.

There will also be potential investors in the room, as well as a number of other prizes to be won.

Key dates

14 December 2020: Applications open
29 January 2021: Applications close
2 February 2021: Co.Starter Programme Starts
9 March 2021: Co.Starter Programme Ends
10 March 2021: Video Pitch application opens
19 March 2021: Video Pitch application ends
4 April 2021: PowerUp Customised Programme starts (for top 5)
6 June 2021: PowerUp Customised Programme ends
16 June 2021: Top 5 Pitch to Win $10,000.00

How do I enter?

We’re glad you asked. It's simple, complete the two-minute application here:

Innovation Nation 2020

Venture Taranaki has teamed up NZ Entrepreneur Magazine to showcase Taranaki entrepreneurs and innovators. NZ Entrepreneur Magazine has been sharing inspiring stories from around the country, showing that the Kiwi entrepreneurial and innovation spirit is thriving across all corners of Aotearoa.

NZ Entrepreneur caught up with the below Taranaki enterprises:

  • Little Liberty Creamery
  • Kaithai
  • New Zealand Quinoa
  • Jobhop
  • Juno Gin
  • Howard Wright
  • Wai Comply
  • Firstcheck
  • Shining Peak
  • Hiringa Energy

Check out the stories below

O2E Business Academy - next season starts 26 January

The O2E Business Academy is run by local business coaches Craig Oliver & Donna Yeats. It is a 6-month business growth programme for business owners who want to scale up and commit to creating a successful and dynamic business.

Using it’s unique 3 tier structure of Monthly Masterclasses with some of New Zealand’s leading Subject Matter Experts, Facilitated Peer to Peer Support, and 1:1 Business Coaching, the Academy members are set to gain business knowledge and confidence, and receive real life practical and actionable steps to implement into their businesses that will help them grow their businesses.

Velocite Growth Project – Next cohort 3 February 2021

The Growth Project is designed for small/early stage business owners that are ready to take their businesses to the next level by using the collective experience and skills of like-minded business owners. The Growth Project is a 6-month facilitated group mentoring programme that will combine group workshops and one-on-one coaching.

The Growth Project is about utilising the diverse skills of like-minded business owners to:
• solve business challenges
• leverage opportunities
• create accountability

Businesses may be eligible for co-funding to support up to 50% of the cost of programmes. Please get in touch with a Venture Taranaki Enterprise Adviser to find out more.  

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