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 for Impact Enterprises

Introducing our new PowerUp initiative 'PowerUp for Impact Enterprises' in partnership with StartUp Taranaki. 

An impact enterprise is purpose-driven and focused on delivering outcomes that have social or environmental benefits, as well as being a financially successful and viable businesses: profit for purpose.

If you're an Impact Enterprise, or thinking about becoming one, join us for our launch event to discover how this initiative can support your journey to start or grow an impact enterprise.


PowerUp for Impact Enterprises is funded with the support of Toi Foundation.

Watch our first session, facilitated by impact enterprise expert, Zara Lok, from Startup Taranaki, who covered:

  • An overview of impact enterprise
  • An overview of the programme and the upcoming masterclasses
  • Local and national examples
  • Identifying where your areas of strength are - business modeling vs. impact modelling

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!

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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.

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PowerUp Podcast

Listen to our latest PowerUp podcasts telling the stories of some of the region's entrepreneurs. 

The PowerUp Podcast will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Castbox and wherever you get your podcasts.

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