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Start-up Wānanga 2020

Start-up Wānanga is an opportunity for whānau to learn the process of converting an existing business idea into a new product or service. Participants will shape the idea through a series of 10 learning ‘sprints’ and practical exercises over a 50 hour period.  The end product will be a business proposal pitched to a panel of judges and a live audience on the final day.  The environment is one of learning, collaboration and supporting each other through this journey.

IF YOU AND YOUR WHĀNAU HAVE A NEW BUSINESS OR INNOVATION IDEA THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO INVESTIGATE FURTHER, APPLY TODAY!

Important Event Info

DATE : Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 November 2020 (50 hours)
TIMES : Start – 5:30PM Thursday / End 7:30PM Saturday
LOCATION : Te Ahikōmako @ Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – 254 Ohaupo Road, Glenview, Hamilton

TICKETS : $50 per person (incl GST) for the full event – this covers kai along with all the expertise and resources available to you during the event.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER 11:59PM. FINAL TEAMS ANNOUNCED BY FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 5:00PM.

What is ‘Start-up Wānanga’?

Start-up Wānanga is a three-day event where individuals, teams and whānau with an idea for a business or start-up business experience/skills will come together to learn the process of taking an idea and moving it towards becoming a business.

You will spend the event with other like-minded whānau and will be supported by Te Ahikōmako staff and local experts and mentors to bring your idea to life.

While our aim is for whānau to turn ideas into businesses over the course of the event, the ultimate objective is to learn about the PROCESS of converting ideas into viable products or services and we encourage everyone to collaborate with other teams and support each other.

If you are more advanced in your entrepreneurial journey and are seeking business support for growth or investor funding, this wananga may not be right for you. However, Ahikōmako has other services or programmes that could be better suited to those with more advanced business needs.

What is involved?

Participants, teams and whānau will …

  • be introduced to various tools by way of express lectures before getting the opportunity to use the tools on their own business.
  • be supported by various mentors and guides throughout the event.
  • at the end of the event, each business will have a minimum viable product (an early mock-up of your product or service) and the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience.

Start-up Wānanga is not for the faint-hearted!
It’s an intensive 50 hours where you’ll get out what you put in. It is not unusual for people to work late into the night. However, our event staff will step in should we observe participants over-exerting themselves.

Prize Packages up for grabs!

At the conclusion of the event, each team will present their business idea to a panel of judges and be eligable for the TWO PRIZE PACKAGES valued up to $6,000 on offer.

EACH PAKAGES INCLUDES:-

  • $2,500 start-up grant
  • $2,500 worth of business coaching and support
  • 10 weeks of coworking office access for two members at Te Ahikōmako

Application Videos

As part of your Start-up Wānanga application, each team or individual with an existing business or innovation idea will have to create and submit a short 60-second elevator pitch video based on the following guidelines:-

  • 15 seconds – You (and Your Team if necessary) – build credibility, intrigue your viewer
  • 15 seconds – The Problem – illustrate the problem for the user
  • 15 seconds – A Unique Solution – paint a picture before and after problem vs solution
  • 15 seconds – Market Opportunity – How big is it.

If you require assistance with your video. please email ahikomako@twoa.ac.nz.

REMEMBER: You will need to share the link of your video in the online application

Going solo?
If you don’t have an idea but are passionate about entrepreneurship and have a set of skills to offer (i.e legal, financial, marketing, web development, engineering etc), then we welcome you to apply to be a part of the Start-up Wānanga as well.

2019 Start-up Wānanga Gallery