If you’re starting out in business, or need support to grow your enterprise, Venture Taranaki can provide guidance and support.
Whatever sector, size or stage your business is at, Venture Taranaki’s team of Enterprise Advisors is here to help.
Entrepreneurship & Startup
Getting your enterprise idea off the ground or adding a new entrepreneurial part to your existing enterprise can be a hard task. Find out about the workshops, programmes, and support for new business and new ideas.
PowerUp is underway for 2021. Find out more about workshops, competitions and events.
Business Events & Training
Find workshops, seminars, training programmes, networking events and more.
Our confidential advisory service can help you grow your enterprise. overcome challenges and help you to develop your business skills.
Discover more about our region’s export activities, including who’s exporting, where to, distribution channels used, and where there are opportunities to collaborate and grow.
Connect with Māori entrepreneurs, learn about Māori business in Taranaki, and find resources to help grow your enterprise in the spirit of whanaungātanga.
Our Enterprise Advisers are available to talk through your business aspirations and connect you with the resources you need. If you would like someone to contact you, please fill in this enquiry form.
Please note - we are currently experiencing higher than usual demand for our enterprise support services, and it may be up to 10 working days before you receive a response. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Venture Taranaki supports both established core industries and emerging sectors in many different ways, from facilitating cluster groups, to project management and trade show support.
Is your enterprise investment-ready? Is investment the right pathway to help you get to the next level? Explore resources for business, and get in touch with our Investment Advisor.
Meet the team
Michelle JordanGeneral Manager Enterprise
A self-confessed coffee addict, Michelle leads the Enterprise Team and is responsible for delivering Venture Taranaki’s enterprise, start-up, and entrepreneurship support. Michelle is super passionate about our region’s enterprises and loves bringing projects and services to life that will enable businesses to thrive. With 19 years regional development experience, and a background in marketing, advisory, and project management in Aotearoa and offshore she brings a wealth of expertise to the team. In her spare time, you’ll find Michelle with whānau and friends, helping out with her partner’s business and enjoying her other life as Mum to two daughters.
Zara RyanSenior Enterprise Adviser
Waitara-born Zara has been with Venture Taranaki for more than a decade, coming with a background in marketing and market research. She moved to London early in her career, and was marketing manager for some of Europe’s largest charities. Her return to New Zealand saw her lead Education Taranaki as general manager, where she continued her passion for supporting others, facilitating the career paths of Taranaki’s youth. Zara is passionate about helping Taranaki businesses thrive and working with business owners to brainstorm ideas and solutions. Outside the office, Zara is busy raising her young whānau and looking after an array of animals on her farmlet.
Jane MoffittSenior Enterprise Adviser
With her background in recruitment and human resources from UK, Australia, and New Zealand, Jane brings passion and experience to the team. As a talented connector and big picture thinker Jane enjoys being part of the growth of our region, its people and enterprises. Jane considers it a privilege to be part of this amazing province. Away from the office she enjoys exploring Taranaki on her e-bike, going to the beach with her labradors, as well as being spoilt for choice for great places to drink coffee with friends.
Natacha DunnEnterprise Adviser
Originally from France, Natacha moved to Taranaki in 2010 with her young family and is now proud to call Taranaki home. With a background in supply chain from the UK automotive industry, she now relishes her role as Business Adviser, helping enterprise, and the region grow. Natacha enjoys bringing people together and exploring ways to share Taranaki’s talent with the world. Away from the office, she makes the most of family time down at the beach, catching up with friends and enjoying the local arts and restaurant scene.
Nick FieldEnterprise Adviser
Nick has a background of more than 20 years of international new product development and innovation, delivering award-winning product designs to global markets. He has a master’s degree in design process innovation. When the surf is flat, Nick enjoys being able to help Taranaki’s startups get started and established companies to co-fund their growth.
Kayleen SchoemanMentor Manager and Start-Up Coordinator
An experienced programme coordinator skilled in customer service, volunteer recruitment and relationship management, Kayleen is proud to be Taranaki born and bred and is passionate about building a strong and vibrant community to live, work and play in! When she’s not busy running the Business Mentors programme and making mentor and business matches, Kayleen enjoys playing the ukulele, volunteering as a Companion for the Taranaki Seasons for Growth programme and running around after her family and various farmyard friends on their lifestyle property.
Shaan DavisEnterprise Adviser
Born and raised in Taranaki, Shaan recently moved back to the region to take up the role of Enterprise Adviser after years away. Having a background in the private sector, Shaan has vast knowledge in sales, business development and brand strategy having held national and international roles in sales and marketing management. Shaan is passionate about Taranaki and its people, and is keen to support all enterprises thrive. In his spare time (which isn’t a lot with a young whānau), Shaan takes any opportunity to surf and soak up everything Taranaki has to offer.