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.
PowerUp Business Ready
PowerUp Business Ready, delivered in partnership with SODA Inc. is a series of interactive workshops, where you can gain the tools and resources to validate your innovative idea or take your start-up to the next level.
The PowerUp Business Ready 2023 programme has been completed, and we're excited to see where our amazing cohort of budding entrepreneurs will take their business ideas.
Stay tuned for the next edition of PowerUp Business Ready in 2024.
PowerUp Masterclass is a series of half-day workshops designed to help entrepreneurs develop their skillset and take their enterprise to the next level, with practical advice from industry experts.
PowerUp Masterclass: Raising capital for growth - Led by Chris Burgess, Investment Manager, NZTE. Tuesday 7 November, 10am – 1.30pm.
Watch this space for three more PowerUp Masterclasses coming in 2024.
PowerUp Kickstart, an accelerator-style idea and pitching competition, ran in 2021 and 2022 to help build capability and confidence amongst the region's entrepreneurial community. Around 80 big thinkers joined a business programme to shape their business idea or progress their startups. The competition was narrowed down to five finalists who sold us their bright idea for the chance to pitch to win $10,000 cash to take their innovations to the next level.
PowerUp Kickstart 2022 finalists and winners, congratulations to:
Pam and Frey Livingston, Tokaora Diagnostics, PowerUp Kickstart 2022 winner
Paul Gledhill and Sophia Joy, Surface Swimgear, WITT People's Choice Award winner
Isaac and Cathi Drought, Planta
Michael Parker, Hiko Surf
Jayden Clark and Ashkan Azarkish, EzSoil
2021 finalists and winners:
Glen Stephens, Sol + Sea, PowerUp ideas Comp 2021 winner
Lauren Oehme and Leon Power, Nano Bubble Agritech, WITT People's Choice Award winner
Jenni Matheson and Mrinali Kumar, Kinda Ice Cream
Remy Zynfogel, Calypso Science
Karen Danenhauer, MamaGaia
No enterprise or entrepreneur should operate in isolation. In Taranaki, there is an entire ecosystem of networks and support made up of many interdependent systems, agencies, businesses, and networks available to you, as entrepreneurs and enterprises, to ensure you have every opportunity to flourish. The guide will help you navigate through, and explore the ecosystem.
If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, or an established enterprise looking to innovate or grow, this guide will help you understand where you fit within the ecosystem. It will connect you with peers and guide you to the advice and support you require, no matter where you are on your journey.
Startup Taranaki is a team of motived volunteers passionate about growing a strong, innovative and inclusive startup scene in the Taranaki region. Through events and programs, they inspire people to be brave in their actions and create companies that have a positive impact.
Get straightforward, free financial guidance for your business with NZTE money matters
Better financial planning and forecasting are the simplest tools you can use to create a more resilient business and prepare for growth.
NZTE Money Matters offers panel talks and one-to-one sessions with independent experts who can provide practical advice and answer your questions on everything from foreign exchange to forecasting to accessing grants and support.