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.
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.
PowerUp Ideas Competition 2021 winner
Congratulations to Glen Stephens and his startup Sol+Sea who have taken out the top spot in the 2021 PowerUp Ideas Competition Finals Night, against some very strong competition, winning $10,000 to help take his idea to the next level.
Sol+Sea, is an environmentally conscious lifestyle brand, focused on natural performance skincare for adventurers and ocean enthusiasts. Their mission is to create natural, safe, performance skincare that works in the elements, and helps restore those elements.
Our PowerUp Finalists
Congratulations to our other four finalists who pitched their idea in front of a live audience:
Karen Danenhauer, MamaGaia
Lauren Oehme and Leon Power, Nano Bubble
Remy Zynfogel, Calypso Science
Mrinali Kumar, Brian Huynh, Regina Van de Velden-Cachuela, Jenni Matheson and Maria Mcgrath, Kinda Ice Cream
Read More for all the details of the PowerUp Finals Night.
Be part of a Global Innovation Challenge with Social Shifters
Do you have an awesome idea to solve a social or environmental problem? Are you ready to take action, but don’t know where to start? You're not alone. The 2021 Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge will take you from idea to entrepreneur - helping bring your idea to life AND sharpen your social business skills!
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.